In Photo Journal installments, I share my favorite photos from a destination — including and well beyond what I’ve shared on Instagram. You’ll also find small doses of travel tips, recommendations and advice scattered throughout. Enjoy.
My Favorite Photo
I took this shot on a morning stroll in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood. I had just left the Anne Frank House and decided to aimlessly walk around. After a series of random right and left down different streets and over canal bridges, I found myself here, looking at this incredible view.
Other Peoples’ Favorite Photo (According To Likes On Instagram)
After a day spent museum hopping, primarily at the massive Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum (they’re essentially across the street from one and other, making it easy to hit both in one afternoon), I took this shot on my way back to my hotel.
I Went For An Afternoon Stroll And Took This Photo
And This One
After seeing Amsterdam in the cold, damp and blue winter, I can’t wait to go back one day soon in spring or summer.
I Got A Haircut From This Rad Chick
I wrote down her name…but I lost it and it’s driving me nuts. She has a ton of tattoos and works at a salon called Scissorhands though — but she travels a fair amount so it’s not guaranteed she’ll be there. I actually found out about her through a tip from B.J. Novak on The List App.
I Went For A Morning Stroll
So. Many. Bikes.
And Couldn’t Get Enough Of The Morning Light On This Street
Seriously, that light! Come on!
I Got A Cappuccino And A Piece Of Apple Pie At Winkle 43
Winkle 43 may be known by tourists (mainly for their delicious and hearty apple pie) but when I was there, it was 90% locals — including a few old Dutch men reading their newspapers, some middle-aged Dutch women chatting over coffee and a few tables of late twenty somethings starting their days.
I Found My Dream Car
Is this not the most perfect Land Rover Discovery you have ever seen? Whoever owns this truck is doing it right.
I Ate Lots Of French Fries. Exhibit A:
Fresh and hot with just the right amount of crunch, french fires should be called Dutch Fries because the Dutch sure know how to make ‘em. They’re a common street food in Amsterdam, and this photos depicts the most common order: a handheld cone of fries topped with Fritessause (it’s like a sweeter version of mayonnaise).
Pro tip: these are the fries you really want. The dish is called oorlog, it’s a helping of fries with a side of peanut sauce and Fritessause (sweet mayo) topped with chopped onions.
I Stayed At The Dylan Hotel (It Was Amazing)
The Dylan definitely falls into the “splurge” category, but it’s worth it. Behind my hand is the 17th century stone facade entrance to the hotel, and beyond that an oasis of stylish and quiet rooms. The hotel is split into two distinct sections — classic rooms housed in historic dutch buildings (some rooms are hidden up in the attic), and modern rooms housed in a canal-facing building. I stayed on the top floor of the canal building. I’ll be writing a full review of the hotel soon.
This Is The Sunrise View From My Bed
And From My Window
I Traveled Light (With Just My Fjallraven Duffle Bag)
This is the Fjallraven Duffle No. 6 (I wrote about it here). You can hold it like a duffle bag or wear it like a backpack. It’s incredible and it’s the only piece of luggage I brought on my trip. Also picture: the Fjallraven Polar Guide Parka.
I Looked Pensively Out The Window On The Way Home
Just being artsy.