We absolutely loved Amsterdam. It's such a liveable city. Despite the crowds of obnoxious tourists (and this is the low season!), Amsterdam is filled with charm.
We found some incredible restaurants off the beaten path, and enjoyed getting lost in the narrow winding streets. We walked a lot!
Of course we did a few touristy things too...
I loved eating at the tiny little cafes and patisseries. The Dutch make delicious baked goods (I think I tasted most of them).
The Saturday farmers market was a definite highlight.
I always thought Montreal was a very bike-friendly city, but it has nothing on Amsterdam. I've never seen so many bicycles in my entire life!
We stayed at a trendy little hotel called the citizenM.
The rooms were small but affordable, and full of character.
The Van Gogh museum was beautiful (but didn't contain many of my favourite Van Gogh paintings), the red light district was interesting to walk through, and the tulips where as abundant as I had hoped they would be.
And that pretty much sums up our 3 days in Amsterdam.
We've rented a car and are driving through Germany to Strasbourg, France. That sounds crazy to most Europeans, because that's like driving across half the continent in one day, but to us Canadians it's just a wee road trip ; )