Over the holiday season, my family and I took a vacation, and we were excited because we were going back to old favorites like London and Rome, but also visiting the Netherlands for the first time. One of my all-time favorite artists is the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, and we planned on staying in Amsterdam, visit the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum, as well as take day trips- one to visit Vermeer’s hometown of Delft, Netherlands. Incidentally, Delft was also home to the Dutch East India company- Delft is a whole different post that I will share separately!
We stayed in a typical Dutch house in Amsterdam that we rented through Airbnb- tall, with rooms on multiple levels, curving stairs, and big, bright windows. It was spacious, and allowed us to feel at home, away from home. Amsterdam was cold, windy, and beautiful, and we loved walking back to the house after a day spent at the museums and nearby towns. Breakfast, off to the museum. Lunch, and off to another. After a hard day’s work browsing art, stopping at a tea room is a must!
Seriously, I wouldn’t mind a gap year like the ones some high schoolers take before going off to college- a year to travel, and learn about new cultures. No responsibilities! We traveled a lot when I was growing up, and for many years after, I was content to nest and be home. But now the travel bug has really hit me hard again! You can see some of the pictures I took here of Amsterdam, and a glimpse (below) of the home we stayed in with its lovely Asian influences, + take the complete home tour at Airbnb here. And if you are headed to Amsterdam, well, you might want to stay here! Our hosts were very welcoming and great to work with! – Priya
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