The Password Is Amsterdam

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We’ve all heard the rumors about Amsterdam, the city of red lights and bad behavior. But then there is the other Amsterdam – the one teeming with flowers and wide canals, winding cobblestone streets and plenty of mystery. That was the Amsterdam Ally and I explored and the one I tried to behave in.

Amsterdam was the perfect European city to explore. Everyone goes to and from on these vintage bikes up and down the canal. You have to be careful though – crossing the street here is an art. We walked through Vondelpark (their equivalent of Central Park) and took in the beautiful greenery. We stopped at a few flower and food carts along the way. That night, even after all the Italian food, we used word of mouth to find ourselves at a local spot where the owner loaded our table with good food and sat down to chat with us all night about his family history. He even made us a special dessert cocktail with gelato and sent us on our way with a bag of biscotti.

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After the museum we boarded a boat to take in much of the city by water. I think it’s probably the best way to see Amsterdam, especially when the sun is setting.

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As for anything else? I’ll just say it’s rumors.

Xo, Tara

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