The streets of Amsterdam get freezing cold during the winter months but luckily there is the Amsterdam Light Festival to stay warm and entertained while you browse the many temporary light art projects throughout the city center which takes place every December.
Today we took the Fast Flying Ferry boat to Amsterdam Central Station to explore the Jordaan district and the annual Light Festival.
I am quite embarresed for having lived near Amsterdam for almost 21 years and never explored the Jordaan. My friend recommended this prior to visiting and I was blown away.
The Jordaan is a gorgeous, peaceful and upscale district. It is the complete opposite from the grunchy red light district and touristy areas.
We had dinner at the Vergulde Gaper, drinks at the Blaffende Vis, Theo Thijsen Cafe and Staalmeesters. These are some fantastic cozy bars and I highly recommend checking them out.
The Dutch love their hot chocolate with rum and fluffy whipped cream, it keeps us warm during the cold winter months.
We visited the Torture Museum which had some gruesome displays of ancient torture methods primiarly performed by the Spanish Empire.I am not going into detail but you will be able to tell from the photos I took that this must have been a terrible time to live in.
We attended the Amsterdam Light Festival later in the evening which takes place annually all across the city.
There is a pathway created of light-based art pieces ranging from projected paintings onto building to a bunch of lamps connected together.
My brother and I finished the night with some shoarma and pizza but unfortuntately we didn't keep track of the time so we were out of luck upon reaching the train station.
No trains were running to our sub-urb but luckily does my brother have the most amazing girlfriend who dragged herself out of bed to pick us up in the middle of the night.
To my brother's girlfriend Sterre; you are a life saver! Thanks again for picking our drunk butts up at central station ending a fantastic day.