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Keukenhof Tulip Garden – Amsterdam

We hope you enjoy our tour of the amazingly beautiful Keukenhof Tulip Garden just south of Amsterdam. It’s only open for 2 months out of the year while the tulips are blooming so we were fortunate to be there during that small window on a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day.

It was a beautiful place, as you can see in the video and the photos below, and we highly recommend visiting if you’re here in the spring. However, there were a LOT of people so be prepared. We went at the worst possible time: Easter Sunday at 11AM. The best times to go are when they first open or when late in the day before they close, and on a weekday. Avoid weekends if you don’t like being elbow to elbow with other people.

Keukenhof Tulip Garden Photo Gallery

The flowers were unreal, and my camera did a good job of capturing their amazing beauty. Click to Enlarge.

Other videos in this series:

  1. Our Journey from Cuenca Ecuador to South Beach Miami – India Part 1
  2. Drama at 35,000 Feet + AirBnB Apartment Tour – India Part 2
  3. Amsterdam In Spring 2019 + Canal Tour – India Part 3

Watch Our Video About Our Trip to Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Canal Tour

We TOTALLY lucked out on the weather during our stay in Amsterdam, which made our Amsterdam Canal Tour even more perfect! It has been unseasonably warm following an unseasonably cold snap. We barely saw a cloud during our 5 days here! We’re off to India tomorrow!

Amsterdam Canal Tour Cruise Info

We took the Friendship Canal Cruise with Capitan Michelle aboard the Open Boat Sunshine. They also have Facebook and Instagram pages. Tell them Amelia And JP from YouTube sent you!

Lunch at Meatless District in Amsterdam

We spent an entire day walking around Amsterdam with my camera taking pictures (see below). Our meandering through the city had a purpose, though. We wanted to eat lunch at Meatless District, which is a popular plant-based vegan restaurant in Amsterdam.

All I can say is, “WOW!!!” It was amazing! The more vegan food we eat, the more we realize how delicious vegan food can be. Vegan chefs around the world are really hitting their stride!

The cucumber soda was delicious, too! Before I went plant-based, I HATED the taste of cucumber. One tiny piece in a salad or sushi and the dish was completely ruined. I’m pretty sure I could taste something with 1 parts per million of cucumber!

However, about a year after changing our diet, I tried cucumber again to see if my tastes had changed. I still didn’t like it, but it wasn’t too bad. It was tolerable. After another year, I tried it again and really liked it. Now we eat cucumber regularly in salads and as a dipping device for hummus. I still don’t love it, but I certainly like it, especially when it’s flavored with something.

My tastes have changed a LOT since going vegan and plant-based. I like all sorts of vegetables now that I couldn’t stand the sight of before. Keep that in mind if you want to go plant-based or vegan and you’re a picky eater like I was. Your tastes will change over time.

Amsterdam In Spring 2019 Photo Gallery

We didn’t see a cloud in the sky on this entire day of shooting in Amsterdam. The weather was perfect. There was no wind. And the city was on full display for this picture taking gringo. Click to enlarge. You want the full effect.

Other videos in this series: Amsterdam

Watch Our Amsterdam Canal Tour

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First Day in Amsterdam + AirBnB Tour

We left Miami on British Airways and headed to Amsterdam via Heathrow. This video shares our journey across the pond, Amelia’s drama on the airplane and our Amsterdam AirBnB Apartment Tour in the Jordaan neighborhood.

Drama on British Airways from Miami to Heathrow

Our flight on British Airways from Miami to Heathrow left late at night so we were already tired when we boarded. About an hour into the 8 hour flight, they started offering the meal service. As is common, the vegans, vegetarians and food allergy people got theirs first.

Even though I was tired, I was even more hungry so I ate mine right away. The entree was a delicious rice pilaf with steamed mixed vegetables. It came with a vegan bun, vegan butter, mixed fruit, a small salad and a granola bar. After eating the entree, salad and fruit, I promptly fell asleep after setting the remaining items aside for later. Amelia ate part of her salad and then fell asleep.

When we woke up, both of our meals were gone! Amelia had not even opened her entree! But they took everything while we slept! Even my packaged items!

Unfortunately, they don’t stock extra vegan meals, so they couldn’t just bring Amelia another one. I’ve never seen her so mad about something before! She rang the call button with a force unbecoming of my little hummingbird and let the flight attendant have it.

The attendant was very apologetic and went to see if there was anything they could bring us. The head flight attendant returned with a few packaged vegan items and offered to give Amelia the vegan salad she bought for herself at the Whole Foods in Miami. Amelia refused to eat the generous woman’s food, but what an amazing gesture!

The flight attendant was vegetarian and lactose intolerant so she ate a mostly plant-based diet and could empathize with us. That’s a long flight to not have any food, especially when we went to the trouble of pre-ordering a vegan meal. Hopefully, they’ll learn a lesson from this and stop removing uneaten food from sleeping passengers 2 hours into an 8 hour flight.

Heathrow Airport Abysmal Vegan Food Selection

We had a 3 hour layover at Heathrow while we waited for our short flight to Amsterdam. It was lunchtime in England so all the food places were packed, but that didn’t matter for us because NONE of them had any vegan options! At least nothing more than a plain salad or steamed rice.

We packed some PB&J’s for our trip and still had 2 left so weren’t going to starve, but after a long flight with our absconded meals, we wanted something other than yet another PB&J.

Luckily, Starbucks came to the rescue! They had a vegan breakfast wrap! We washed it down with a giant coffee and were good to go! Thank you again Starbucks for having vegan options!

Amsterdam AirBnB Apartment Tour

This was our first time staying at an AirBnB. We checked hotel prices in Amsterdam and almost cut our stay short due to their extreme cost! However, someone else on YouTube mentioned AirBnb so we looked into it and were shocked to find much lower prices for a full apartment in a desirable neighborhood.

SLA – Organic Salad Bar in Amsterdam

On our first night in Amsterdam, we went to SLA – Organic Salad Bar for dinner and it was super delicious! It was only a few blocks from our AirBnB in the Jordaan neighborhood. (click to enlarge)

Our First Morning in Amsterdam

Surprisingly, we woke up very early on our first morning in Amsterdam. That’s when we realized the city gets a late start. Nothing opened in our neighborhood until 8am so we walked around for awhile with the streets to ourselves. We turned a corner and saw the sun rising between the church steeples so I snapped a couple shots with my iPhone. What perfect timing!

Other videos in this series: Amsterdam

Watch Our Video About Our First Day in Amsterdam

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