Speeding across the Mersey

Perhaps one of the most famous ferries in the world, The Mersey Ferry leaves from Liverpool docks every hour. The tickets are a little steep at £10 for an adult, but it’s a piece of history and a view you can’t afford to miss when visiting Liverpool! The whole trip takes about an hour, and…

10 cocktails to try now the sun is (almost) shining!

Spring is finally, here (although you would be forgiven for not noticing!). And that means that drinking cocktails in the sun is now almost a legally mandated activity, so with that in mind, here are 10 cocktails to try next time the sun is out! 1. Honey and Basil Mojito A stylish twist on the…

Indulging Our Rebellious Sides In The Rembrandt House Museum

One of Amsterdam’s most famous historical residents is Rembrandt, who owned a grand house in central Amsterdam between 1639 and 1656, which still stands today. We had bought tickets for the museum that is now inside the house on our first day in Amsterdam, but in true Sarah & Jake style, completely forgot about them…

Stunning sights of the Jordaan

During our time in Amsterdam we stayed for the most part in Jordaan, a stunning quirky and pleasant part of town just out of the centre. We enjoyed taking walks around and just soaking up the scenery, here are some things we saw while strolling.

Amsterdam street art & a car full of stickers!

Amsterdam is a stunning city! There is something to look at everywhere you go. We were enthralled by an abundance of beautiful buildings and streets. There was also a great deal of street art and graffiti that if you blink you can miss it! Here are some of our favourite things we stumbled upon around…

5 cheap snacks you have to try in Amsterdam

1. Croquettes from Febo There is nothing more convenient that buying crisp hot croquettes from a wall of vending machines, and for 1.80 – 2.20 they are some of the cheapest snacks in town! Here is our story of finding Febo… 2. Herring from Stubbe Haring Herring is wildly popular in the Netherlands, try it as…

5 quirky museums to check out in Amsterdam

1. The Amsterdam Tulip Museum One of the smallest and quirkiest museums in the city, this place tells the story of Tulip growing in the Netherlands with some interesting and funny displays. Entry is 5 euros or 3 euros for students. Tulip Museum website 2. The Houseboat Museum An interesting insight into life on a houseboat,…

Amsterdam: the flower market

We were very excited to visit the Amsterdam flower market, having read about how it is the only floating flower market in the world – and with the Dutch tradition of tulips I was sure that there would be some interesting things to see. It is located on the Singel canal between the Koningsplein and the Muntplein…

The houseboat museum

A short walk from the Anne Frank Huis on Princengracht floats the Amsterdam house boat museum. The museum aims to show people what it is like to live on a traditional house boat as well as the history of house boats in Amsterdam. Something that strikes you when walking around the city is the amount…

Amsterdam street food: Herring

Walking near Amsterdam central station we noticed a couple of street food vans by the canal. They were selling Herring, lightly salted and kept in brine, but essentially raw which has apparently been a Dutch tradition for over 600 years.  I have to admit I was a little apprehensive to try this at first, but remembering how…

fast food, Dutch style: FEBO

Something that I had been looking forward to experiencing in Amsterdam, after procrastinating at work and looking at endless lists of things to do, was some Dutch fast food. After seeing lots of pictures of chips and herring I saw a Febo pop up, a picture showed a wall of old fashioned looking vending machines filled…

seeing XXX everywhere we went…

After walking around Amsterdam for a couple of hours I couldn’t stop noticing three x’s almost everywhere we went – on flags on almost every boat that passed us, bollards in the streets, carved on buildings and on some giant flags. I am a big fan of flags – so had to know what it…