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How to Spend 24 Hours in Amsterdam

How to Spend 24 Hours in Amsterdam

I've gotten to the point where I feel homesick for Amsterdam, despite being born and raised in London. Over the past two years I've been to the Netherlands five or six times (I've honestly lost count) and I've truly fallen for it. You can see from my previous blog posts on Amsterdam, that I am utterly besotted. Everyone has that first love that their heart just cannot let go of and mine just happens to be a city rather than an actual human being.

When I saw Accor Hotels were challenging bloggers to write a post describing exactly how they would spend 24 hours in a city of their choice, it was always going to be Amsterdam for me. I'm not really one for tourist attractions, so I've based my post on how I would typically spend one of my days in Amsterdam guided by some of my favourite places that I've chanced across over the past couple of years.

Turtle Bay Southampton Review

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Turtle Bay in Southampton was always a regular haunt for me during my student years in the city; the 2 for 1 cocktails offer that runs throughout most of the day was always too tempting to resist. However, somehow I have always avoided eating there, not out of personal choice, but because when you’re a student you tend to prioritise spending your student loan on alcoholic beverages over food.

James and I were recently invited down to the Southampton-based, Caribbean cuisine restaurant to sample the menu and I really couldn’t contain my excitement. When I worked a part-time job on the high street, my walk to work used to take me past Turtle Bay most days and the mouthwatering spicy smells of the food from the kitchen used to drift out teasingly onto the street. You could stand outside for hours and revel in that sweet, sweet aroma!

Exploring North Amsterdam in La Redoute

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Dress*: La Redoute
Leather Jacket*: AllSaints via John Lewis
Tights: Primark
Reebok Classic Trainers: Urban Outfitters

A couple of weeks ago I returned from my fifth visit to the Netherlands over the past two years. Ever since I first stepped foot in Amsterdam in the February of last year, it stole a little piece of my heart and I've felt unsettled ever since. There's just something about that city that has a hold on me and draws me back continuously. We usually spend our time in the Netherlands capital walking as far as our legs can carry us along the winding canal belts, because that's exactly what a city break should be about. Admittedly, we kind of suck at the more tourist aspects of things and despite our numerous visits, we still haven't seen a lot of the tourist attractions. Instead we seek out flea markets, engage with locals, drink until the early hours, eat as much as physically possible and explore the suburbs. This particular trip we found ourselves north of the city, and just when I thought I couldn't fall in love with Amsterdam anymore we found Amsterdam-Noord.

A short, free ferry trip from Centraal station is this industrial plain with shipping containers that have been converted into restaurants, warehouses filled with secondhand treasures, cute little bars dotted with fairylights and street art canvassed over every single surface. It's just wonderful. If we were ever to up sticks to Amsterdam, the north would be my first area to search for a home.

Life's A Witch

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Dress: Kiss The Sky 
Hat: Zara
Choker: ASOS  
Leather Jacket*: AllSaints via John Lewis 
Boots*: Kurt Geiger

The day I was wearing this outfit a little girl thought I was a witch, but in all honesty I'm okay with that. After all, as soon as the nights begin to darken and the days get colder, my style inspiration always tend to take a more gothic turn; it's the little part of my teenage MySpace emo heart that will never die. < / 3