We recently visited Esther and Family in Amsterdam, and it was a such a great trip! So great, that the whole train carriage on the way home had to listen to my kids’ lamentations about how Amsterdam is so great and Paris is not!

I know what they mean–  it is so nice discovering a new city and, as a tourist, you have the luck to only see the good sides of a city and Amsterdam has many, many good sides. It is beautiful and small, and super accessible with kids. You can rent bicycles all over the city and the choice of different bicycle types is incredible.

We stayed for four days during which time Esther and I put the world to rights, crafted and dreamt up some serious crafting projects for sometime in the future, the children got on famously and we visited some of Amsterdam’s sites. We visited the Artis Zoo and saw some lions, giraffes, wallabes, zebras and seals basking in the spring sunlight. We took a boat ride around the canals and learned all about the history of Amsterdam. We went to play in the Vondel Park which has some great play structures. We ate little pancakes and waffles fresh from a market stall. We did not even make it to the Nemo Science Museum, but check out Esther’s Amsterdam tips as she has some great ideas.

Above, the Vondel Park. And below, the giraffes at the zoo, which we stayed looking at for ages! I don’t think I have ever seen a giraffe as up close before.

Such a great trip and if you ask my daughters,(and 20 other people on our train), it’s the only place to be!

– Emilie

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1. Esther in Amsterdam | March 26, 2013 | Reply

It was so fun to have you here. Come again soon!!!! xxx

2. Emilie | March 27, 2013

I can pretty much guarantee we will!

3. Caroline | March 26, 2013 | Reply

Hello ladies – Emilie and Esther,
Thanks for the great post!
I have a question for you – do you need to know Dutch to live in Amsterdam (in your daily life i.e. school matters, paperwork, bonding with other mums, finding a job etc.)? My husband may have a job proposal there later this year, we are French but we have been living in London and New york over the last 4 years so we know English quite well now.
thanks a million for your help! I think I would love Amsterdam.

4. Emilie | March 27, 2013

From what I can tell, there are a lot of Anglos in Amsterdam and they seem to get by just fine. Everyone does speak English, it is pretty impressive.

5. Bianca Kempenaar | March 27, 2013 | Reply

I’m really happy to see you and your family enjoyed Amsterdam that much!

To Caroline: you don’t have to speak Dutch to live in Amsterdam. Almost everyone speaks English and people are willing to help. If you can say thank you in Dutch (dank je wel), you’re half way there. Good luck!

6. Emilie | March 27, 2013

Thanks Bianca!

7. Caroline | March 27, 2013 | Reply

Thanks a lot Bianca! That’s really helpful!

8. Esther in Amsterdam | March 28, 2013

Hi Caroline — I agree with the comments above — everybody in Amsterdam speaks English! So you will be fine. And I’m sure you will love it here! xxx

9. caroline | March 28, 2013 | Reply

thanks ladies for your feedback! That’s great news! Moving to English speaking countries makes the whole thing so much easier.
have a nice day!