Thursday, December 12, 2013

Amsterdam {Day 3}

Our last day in Amsterdam, we woke up and headed to Sara's pancakes. We had some sun this morning, so the canals looked spectacular!

Jason's pancake with banana, bacon and cheese.
We all then jumped into a paddleboat to explore the canals up close. We made our way from the Anne Frank House to the Rijksmuseum in about an hour. Jason and John were our lovely chauffeurs and Mallory and I got a relaxing tour. Thanks boys!

Santa (St. Nicholas really) in the canals!

We once again explored the Museumplein and got to watch some ice-skating.

We needed to warm up, so we set up shop inside of a little pub near our place. We spent hours here drinking, playing cards and people watching.

That night, we headed out to the Christmas markets for dinner. Our canal cruise picked up outside of Amsterdam Centraal station, so with our dinners in hand, we headed to the pick up point. The canal cruise was fine, but honestly nothing special. That could have been because it was raining, but it was nothing to write home about.

After the cruise, we headed back to our place to prepare for our journey home. We had an early morning, but we made it home with no problems. We jumped on our nonstop KLM flight and landed in Houston 10 hours later - still smiling! Our plane was super full, but we're pretty lucky with this whole standby thing and even got seats together!

Thanks to John and Mal for being great travel buddies (again). We had a great Thanksgiving weekend exploring a new city! And of course, thanks SWA!

Overall, we loved Amsterdam and had a GREAT time, but we were pretty exhausted. (We actually both ended up with pretty nasty colds after this trip.) So, in conclusion - glad we did this (crazy) trip, but we probably won't again. It also served as our 4th anniversary trip! I'm so thankful to be married to my best friend (and the world's best travel companion).

That's all the travel we're doing this year, but check out where we're tentatively heading in 2014!

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