How to Spend 24 Hours in Amsterdam

Our little bonus stop on the way home was in Amsterdam! We only had a day there so it was a bit of a whirlwind visit but it was fantastic to get a little taste of the city. So I thought I’d share how I spent one day in Amsterdam and my tips.

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Culture

Amsterdam has multiple museums and cultural sites to go and visit and with one day I would say stick to one, max two so you can really enjoy them instead of just rushing around. We went to the Van Gogh exhibition which I would highly recommend!

There were massive lines at all the museums which we were lucky enough to avoid with pre-booked tickets. We made the mistake of not looking into tickets early enough and missed out on the Anne Frank House which you have to book for two months in advance. So if you don’t want to spend your entire day in lines, I recommend looking into what you want to do early and book!

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Shopping

We were very lucky and happened to be in Amsterdam on Thursday – their late night shopping day! Everything closed at 9 leaving plenty of time to walk around and do some good shopping.

There are a bunch of different areas in Amsterdam that cater for different styles of fashion. There are beautiful little boutique stores on ‘The Nine Streets’. If you’re looking for the classic H&M and Zara-like stores, head to Kalverstraat. For slightly pricier brands like All Saints and & Other Stories, Heiligeweg has you covered. And for the big spenders Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat has brands like Sandro, Maje, and the classic designers like Dior. There are also a bunch of department stores around like Magna Plaza and de Bijenkorf. Lastly, a little bonus stop was the streetwear/hype store Concrete on Spuistraat that is definitely worth a visit.

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Food

Amsterdam has fantastic food and coffee and we definitely made the most of it. My favourite place was a cafe around the corner from our hotel (Le Pain Quotidien on Spuistraat) that had the most beautiful smoked salmon and ricotta breakfast.

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I had an absolute blast in Amsterdam and will definitely be returning next time I’m in Europe. One thing I loved was just walking around the city through the canals. And with that the Europe trip was over – I can’t wait for the next time I can travel!

I’d love to know your favourite travel destination you’ve been to or want to go to in the comments!

Leah x

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Athens | Greece

Firstly I want to apologise for the massive break – ever since I got home I have been crazy busy! I still wanted to share the last of my travel pics so here is the last of the Greece trip!

 

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The last stop on our Greece trip was Athens! I loved Athens, it is so busy and bustling, and just generally fun to explore. Athens is laced with history and architecture which is so nice to see around the more modern buildings.

 

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Every Sunday, they have a special changing of the guards procession at the Parliament that I was lucky enough to see.

 

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The Temple of Zeus is situated in the middle of the city and is beautiful to go visit.

 

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The Acropolis is another beautiful landmark to see. The Acropolis Museum is fantastic to visit to discover some of the history behind the monument, which can be viewed from all around the city.

 

So with that my Greece trip was over! It was such a beautifully relaxing time filled with lots of beaches, historic landmarks and of course, food. I can’t wait to go back!

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Mykonos | Greece

Mykonos was glamorous and crazy busy. It still had the Greek feel but also had a lot of different cuisines.

 

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The town was packed with people and shops. The shopping was fantastic with lots of Greek designers, but I would recommend trying to shop at smaller islands if you’re visiting them as well, the prices in Mykonos can be insane. It is also incredibly windy this time of year so if you go I also recommend bringing a light jacket!

 

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Mykonos beaches were fantastic. We found this little beach that was unorganised and only a handful of people were there.

 

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On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are the Mykonos beach clubs. We decided to treat ourselves one day and went to the Principote Beach Club. They have fantastic beach beds, food and drinks service and great music all day – it was a fantastic experience!

 

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The town also had some cool bars and restaurants with interesting decor!

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Naxos + Paros | Greece

Naxos

Naxos was beautiful – the biggest island of the Cyclades. The town reminded me of a little Athens and was bustling with Greeks on a mini vacation to the islands.

 

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The gate, ‘Portara’, which is thought to be the entrance to Apollo’s Temple is situated on a hill just outside of town and is beautiful to see at sunset.

 

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There is also a beautiful castle if you venture into the little alleyways in Chora.

 

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Naxos is a very barren island with beautiful blue water that is striking against the rocks.

 

Paros

Unfortunately I was a bit slack with taking photos in Paros but here is a bit of a taste of it.

 

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The main town Naoussa is lovely to walk around in at night. It has fantastic shopping, restaurants and places for dessert!

And if you’re looking for food other than Greek food the little hidden gem BuonVento is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to (outside of Italy that is).

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Santorini | Greece

I stopped off in Santorini just for a few days and it was not at all what I had expected. It was relatively quiet and not as blue-domed as I had hoped – I found that Milos and Sifnos had more blue domes than Santorini!

 

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It was nice to visit Imerovigli and Oia which had a lot of little alleys to walk through. I also had to add a pic of a store I found that stocked Chiara Ferragni – I have never seen her stuff in person and was so happy when I did!

 

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The Red Beach was lovely to go and look at but it isn’t recommended that you swim there as the rocks from the cliff fall!

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Folegandros | Greece

Folegandros was a beautiful small island with a quaint little town and beaches scattered around the island.

 

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Chora was the main town on the island and it was packed with beautiful stores and restaurants. For an island with only 600 residents, it was one of the most interesting little towns I have visited so far!

 

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The beaches we frequently visited were Agkali beach and Agios Nikolaos which were connected by a little boat or alternatively, a little hike along the coast which was beautiful. There was a fantastic tavern in between that is definitely worth a visit!

 

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Another beach worth visiting is the tiny beach of Katergo which you can only get to by boat. They come about every hour so you can choose when to go and return! It was a tiny little beach with about 20 people scattered on the shore.

 

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Folegandros is known for its hilltop Church, which I had a beautiful view of from my hotel room!

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Milos | Greece

As part of my summer series, I thought I’d post some pics of the Greek islands I am visiting on my holiday.

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I am touring around the Cyclades and stopping off at a few of the islands in the area. My first stop was Milos.

 

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I stayed in the port town of Amadas and would highly recommend it if you’re coming to Milos. It has cute little shops and restaurants along the port and absolutely beautiful beaches across the island.

 

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The islands in the area can begin to look the same but each have something special about them. Milos is known for its beautiful beaches and has 41 beaches on the tiny island! Taking a boat out for the day was the perfect way to see a few of them!

 

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My favourite part was probably Sarakiniko, which is the classic Milos beach with the white rocks.

 

Stay tuned for more island photos!

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens