Our Amsterdam Getaway

Happy Tuesday everyone! I thought I would never be able to write a blog post about our Amsterdam getaway but here I am, trying my best to at least mention the places we have been to.

Even though we had only 2 days and a half to spend in Amsterdam, we end up with the longest to-do list which of course we didn’t have the chance to complete at all ­čÖé When we visit Paris back in November 2016, I promised myself that I will never travel in winter time again but then I said; “This one is in October, how worse can it be?!”

Guys, it was the worst! Because of the weather conditions in Amsterdam, our plane had a 3 hour-delay. So we kinda end up being in Amsterdam for one day! Because it was already 6 P.M when we landed at Schipol Airport. It was cold {to my surprise Dutch people didn’t seem to care about the cold or the rain) and there was literally nothing to do. We were┬áexhausted, I was sick and all we want to do is going to our hotel. But we didn’t let the feeling take over because┬áwe were pretty determined to make the most of our trip! ­čÖé

Oh and I have to say a HUGE thank you to Ceren, our friend living in Amsterdam. If it wasn’t for her, we would never be able to live like a local when we were there. Ceren, if you are reading this, thank you loads! <3

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Herkese merhaba! Amsterdam seyahatimizle ilgili bu defa blog yaz─▒s─▒ ├ž─▒kmayacak diye karalar ba─člam─▒┼čt─▒m fakat sonra d├╝┼č├╝nd├╝m ve en az─▒ndan gitti─čimiz yerleri anlat─▒r─▒m fikriyle oturdum bilgisayar ba┼č─▒na. Amsterdam’da kalaca─č─▒m─▒z s├╝re ├žok k─▒sayd─▒, hepi topu 2.5 g├╝n ge├žirecektik ┼čehirde. Fakat her nas─▒lsa upuzun bir yapacaklar listemiz vard─▒ (bunlar─▒n tamam─▒n─▒ elbette ki yapamad─▒k!). Ge├žti─čimiz Kas─▒m ay─▒nda Paris’e gitti─čimizde kendi kendime yemin etmi┼čtim, bir daha asla k─▒┼č aylar─▒nda seyahat etmeyecektim! Fakat sonra i├žimde y├╝kselen o sese kulak verdim; “Bu defa Ekim ba┼č─▒nda gidece─čiz, en k├Ât├╝ ne olabilir ki?”

Tahmin ettiniz de─čil mi? Elbette en k├Ât├╝s├╝ neyse o oldu ­čÖé Terslikler daha seyahat a┼čamas─▒nda ba┼člad─▒ ve u├ža─č─▒m─▒z Amsterdam’daki hava ko┼čullar─▒ sebebi ile 3 saat r├Âtar yapt─▒. Schipol Havaalan─▒’na vard─▒─č─▒m─▒zda saat ak┼čam 6 olmu┼čtu bile ve bu a├ž─▒dan bakt─▒─č─▒n─▒zda Amsterdam’a sadece bir g├╝n i├žin gitmi┼č gibi olduk! Hava so─čuktu (┼ča┼č─▒rt─▒c─▒ bi├žimde Hollandal─▒lar so─ču─ča veya ya─čmura ald─▒r─▒┼č etmiyordu) ve o saatten sonra yapabilece─čimiz ┼čeyler de bitmi┼čti. Yorgunluktan bitap d├╝┼čm├╝┼čt├╝k, ├╝stelik ben hastayd─▒m ve o an istedi─čimiz tek ┼čey bir an ├Ânce otelimize gitmekti. Fakat sonra bu hissiyat─▒n bizi ele ge├žirmesine izin vermemeye karar verdik; ├ž├╝nk├╝ bu tatilin tad─▒n─▒ ├ž─▒kartmaya yeminliydik! ­čÖé

Bu arada, Amsterdam’da ya┼čayan arkada┼č─▒m─▒z sevgili Ceren DEV bir te┼čekk├╝r├╝ sonuna kadar haketti! E─čer o olmasayd─▒, yerlisi gibi gezme ┼čans─▒m─▒z asla olmayacakt─▒ ­čÖé Ceren, e─čer bu sat─▒rlar─▒ okuyorsan, ├žok ama ├žok ama ├žok te┼čekk├╝r ederiz! <3

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What we saw / Nereleri gezdik-g├Ârd├╝k:
– Dam Square
– Foodhallen
– Red Light District
– Rembrandtplein
– Kalverstraat

Where we ate / Nerelerde yedik:
The Butcher
CAU
Omelegg
Bakers and Roasters

Where we stayed / Nerede kald─▒k:
– Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City

Btw I hate writing a bad review but I would definitely not recommend Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City. Even though the guys at the reception were quite neat and helpful, I could not say the same with the ones at the restaurant. They were totally rude! And sadly I had my jewelry stolen from my suitcase which was closed but not locked! When I noticed it and emailed the hotel management services, all I got was a “sorry for the inconvenience” reply. Pretty nasty, eh? :/

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On our first night, we went to Foodhallen and started looking for “The Butcher” which was on our list. Foodhallen is an indoor food market, which is definitely a unique addition to culinary Amsterdam. The concept was inspired by indoor food markets like the ÔÇśTorvehallerneÔÇÖ in Copenhagen, ÔÇśMercado de San MiguelÔÇÖ in Madrid and the ÔÇśBorough MarketÔÇÖ in London. I can’t forget the deliciousness of the hamburgers and sweet potato fries ­čÖé

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Amsterdam’daki ilk gecemizde kendimizi ko┼čar ad─▒m Foodhallen’de The Butcher isimli mekan─▒ ararken bulduk. Ceren’in bizim i├žin haz─▒rlad─▒─č─▒ listede mutlaka gidilmesi gereken yerler aras─▒ndayd─▒. Foodhallen nedir derseniz; i├ž mekanda kurulu bir yiyecek pazar─▒ diyebiliriz. Kopenhag’daki “Torvehallerne”, Madrid’deki “Mercado de San Miguel” ve Londra’daki “Borough Market” gibi mekanlardan esinlenerek kurulan Foodhallen,┬áAmsterdam’─▒n mutfak sanatlar─▒na muhte┼čem bir katk─▒ sa─člad─▒─č─▒ kesin. Zira burada yedi─čim hamburgerin ve tatl─▒ patates k─▒zartmas─▒n─▒n tad─▒ hala dama─č─▒mda ­čÖé

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Our second day, we surrendered to the fact that we wouldnÔÇÖt be able to see everything on our list and decided to take the day a bit slower. Plus, it was our “only day” to see around. We kicked things off with a very fulfilling breakfast at Omelegg. Our afternoon was spent wandering the streets of Kalverstraat, checking out the shops and just thoroughly enjoying being out and about. We had yet another delicious meal at CAU on Dam Square. After some shopping, and some coffee, we were so tired so we finished off the night at our hotel.

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─░kinci g├╝n├╝m├╝zde listemizdeki her┼čeyi g├Âremeyece─čimiz ger├že─čiyle y├╝zle┼čerek g├╝n├╝n kalan─▒n─▒ daha sakin ge├žirmeye karar verdik. ┼×ehirdeki yegane (ve son) g├╝n├╝m├╝z oldu─čunu d├╝┼č├╝necek olursan─▒z, acele etmenin bir anlam─▒ kalm─▒yordu zaten ­čÖé Vehas─▒l g├╝ne Omelegg‘de bomba gibi bir kahvalt─▒ yaparak ba┼člad─▒k. ├ľ─čleden sonra Kalverstraat’daki ma─čazalara bak─▒narak ve kahve molalar─▒ vererek ge├žirdik. ├ľ─čle yeme─čini Dam Square’deki CAU‘da yedik. Ak┼čam ├╝zerine do─čru ├╝zerimize ├ž├Âken a─č─▒rl─▒─ča daha fazla kar┼č─▒ koyamay─▒p otelimize geri d├Ând├╝k.

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On our last day, we started to feel the urge to go back home to our children. We packed our stuff one more time (unaware of my missing jewelry..) and went to our next stop which was a New Zealand style caf├ę served with a heavy dose of Brazil, aka Bakers & Roasters! It was pretty early in the morning hence there was no waiting line. I was desperate for an acai bowl however it was unavailable so I went for a Kiwi Brekkie (yum!). By the time we finished our breakfast we notice the longest queue ever! And it was raining cats and dogs outside! We wandered the streets a little more but at some point we were overwhelmed with the whole trip (and the rain!) so we decided to go back to our hotel. We called an Uber heading us to the airport. I think travelling to a new city would have been so much better if the weather was a little warmer and sunny. I would definitely want to visit Amsterdam one more time, but in summer time :))

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Son g├╝n├╝m├╝zde ise yava┼čtan eve geri d├Ânme arzusu ba┼člam─▒┼čt─▒. ├çocuklar─▒m─▒za kavu┼čmak istiyorduk art─▒k! Bir kez daha valizlerimizi haz─▒rlad─▒k (ve ben elbette kaybolan tak─▒lar─▒mdan bihaberdim..) ve yeni rotam─▒za do─čru yola ├ž─▒kt─▒k. Bakers & Roasters olarak da bilinen, Yeni Zelanda tarz─▒ bir cafedeydik. Sabah─▒n ├žok erken saati oldu─ču i├žin bekleyen kimse yoktu, h─▒zl─▒ca yerimize oturduk. Hayat─▒mda ilk defa Acai kasesi denemek istiyordum; “maalesef ┼ču an yok” dediklerinde ya┼čad─▒─č─▒m h├╝sran─▒ anlatamam. Ben de yumurtal─▒ men├╝lerinden olan Kiwi Brekkie (ki nefisti!) denemeye karar verdim. Kahvalt─▒m─▒z bitti─činde d─▒┼čardaki inan─▒lmaz uzun kuyru─ču farkettik. ├ťstelik ya─čmur da ba┼člam─▒┼čt─▒! Amsterdam’─▒n bir ba┼člay─▒p bir biten bu ya─čmurlar─▒ ├žok fena yordu bizi. Etrafta biraz gezindikten sonra do─čruca otelimize geri d├Ân├╝p bizi havaliman─▒na g├Ât├╝recek ├ťber’imizi ├ža─č─▒rd─▒k. Bana sorarsan─▒z yeni bir ┼čehre seyahat ederken daha ─▒l─▒man bir hava ve biraz g├╝ne┼č harika olur. Amsterdam’a yeniden yolum d├╝┼čs├╝n ├žok istiyorum, fakat bu sefer yaz ay─▒nda! ­čÖé

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