Amsterdam with Travel Mom Julie
Julie, her husband and their 3 year old daughter were off to Europe this summer spending time in the Alps and 3 weeks in Amsterdam. We sat down with Julie to hear all about their summer sabbatical in Amsterdam!
How long was your trip?
We spent over a month in Europe this summer, a little time in the French Alps, and 3 weeks in Amsterdam.
What made you pick these places?
The Alps because I love the mountains and wanted some rocky peaks. Then we wanted a place to just live for 3 weeks. Amsterdam was recommended by many as super easy for families.
How did you find the information for your trip?
We found a family-friendly townhome through Kid & Coe. We stayed in Oud West near the southern part of Vondelpark. It felt very neighborhoody, and on a bike, you can get anywhere.
We rented bikes, including one with a baby seat, for the whole stay and used them to get everywhere.
What was the BEST part of the trip for you?
Being outside most of the day. Amsterdam is easy to get around, and biking is joyful. Having the opportunity to see how people live. We weren’t rushed and quite literally rolled with it during our time there.
Also, I sprinted through the Rijksmuseum on the last day for two hours. My favorite part was biking through the tunnel that goes through the museum and hearing the musicians playing.
What was the BEST part of the trip for the family?
Groot Melkhuis in Vondelpark. It’s a café and awesome playground with pretty good food and drink at totally reasonable prices. Win-win for kids and adults.
I love the way the Dutch live outdoors, and everything is designed that way.