Saturday 24 August 2019

Weekender: Eleanor Goggin's Amsterdam


Huge attraction: the canals in Amsterdam
Huge attraction: the canals in Amsterdam

Sarah Caden

My first trip to Amsterdam was many years ago, for a carefree and fairly hedonistic weekend. I love its 'anything goes' attitude.

One of the great things about Amsterdam is the easy accessibility. KLM have five daily flights from Dublin, and Schiphol Airport is a pleasure.

The canals are a huge attraction, and the Jordaan area is a wonderful trip back in time, with its brightly shuttered warehouses that have now been turned into apartments. People live on houseboats all along the canals, some boats are B&Bs, and there is even a Houseboat Museum.

Noordermarkt on a Saturday and a Monday is a must, with an abundance of antiques, jewellery and vintage clothes. The Saturday Boerenmarkt Farmers' Market is a feast for the senses, while the whole market area features cafes, bars and restaurants.

Lots of river cruises start and finish in Amsterdam. Sunway Travel very kindly invited me on board the AmaPrima River Cruiser to enjoy a fabulous lunch of Dutch food, such as herring and Dutch meatballs.

Cafe Nol on Westerstraat is a great bar, with pink lights, crystal chandeliers and older bartenders; it hasn't changed in decades. Happy memories evoked.

Eleanor travelled with Sunway and KLM airlines to Amsterdam to sample the flavours of a 5-star luxury River Cruise with AmaWaterways. Prices from just €1,350pp, including flights, 7-night cruise, full board with most drinks and shore excursions, tel: (01) 236-6800, or see

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