Bakewell Tarts & Lovelock Bridge

Location: Peak District, England 

Bakewell is famously known for its bakewell tarts and puddings. The little town is located in the middle of the Peak District- 12 miles from the town Buxton. 

Full of quirky little shops, cafes with the original Bakewell tarts and puddings and a love lock bridge full of locks your sure to love the little town. 

The locks are available to buy from a little shop in the town. With lots to choose from- from colourful ones, black and silver. The locks also may have a word or heart engraved already however you are able to have whatever you wish engraved as well. If you don't want the lock engraved you can borrow a sharpie and write what you wish onto the lock.

Once you have your lock it's time to choose where you want to place it... 

The bridge is rather full of locks now, so make sure you remember where you placed it if you ever want to go and visit.

We went for a little gold lock for the bridge and used a sharpie to write our initials. 

Once locked onto the bridge we threw the key into the river... 

With bakewell being the home of the bakewell tart we got a couple to try for ourselves from Bloomers bakery. The shop is full of lots of tasty treats - from pies to tarts.

The original tarts have sprinkled almonds on the top (not a cherry). Eating a Bakewell tart from anywhere else again would not be the same after how delicious the tarts are in bakewell... 

You'll be sure to find lots of ducks waiting for Bakewell tarts along by the river...

If you are near bakewell at anytime make sure to visit ... you are sure to fall in love with the little town. 

Chloe & Megan 

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Biking Through Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is known for its pretty canals and bicycles. Cycling is the fastest way to get around the city and the best way to see all the pretty sites. 

There is a wide selection of hire shops which you can hire a bicycle for however long you wish and cycle around the city. The longer you hire your bicycle for the cheaper it will work out. 

Tips for hiring a bicycle:: 

- Having a credit card is the easiest way to hire the bicycles. You will either be asked to leave a piece of id and $100 or you can let them scan your credit card and you don't have to leave anything at the shop. This is great if you are cycling far and don't want to return your bike to the same shop (most hire shops are chains and you can return your bikes to whichever shop you are near). 

- Take a photo of the map where the hire shops are located or ask for a map, it will be much easier when you need to return your bike. 

- Don't hire a bike in the centre unless you are a confident rider. The bike roads are very busy with bicycles and motorcycles. 

- Insurance is not optional when hiring a bike from most shops.

The park has lots of little cafes next to the water...

The park has a selection of ponds, lakes, statues, bars/restaurants and a rose garden. 120 acres big the park is the biggest in Amsterdam. The park also has an open air theatre which shows performances between June and August of: classical music, pop music, world music, dance, musical theatre and cabaret.
The park is perfect to cycle through with lots of wide paths for walking and cycling without the hustle and bustle of the city.

Iamsterdam letters... 
The Iamsterdam letters are located outside of vondelpark... a short cycle away on the museumplein where the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum are located.

We hired our bikes from Black Bikes who were extremely helpful. When hiring the bikes you are able to choose how long you would like them for and which kind of bike you would like. You will also need to decide the level of insurance you would like.

The bikes come with a lockable back wheel which you will have a key for and a separate lock so you can lock the bike to whatever you are near. And a little bell...

The man in the shop was very helpful showing us how to use the locks and gave us a complimentary map to find our way around and to know where all of the hire shops are to return our bikes.

Happy cycling! 

Chloe and Megan

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Amsterdam Bloemenmarkt Floating Flower Market & Canal Cruise

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands is famous for tulips and windmills. And Amsterdam is famous for having the only floating flower market.

If you are visiting the country and it is the wrong time of year to go to visit the tulip fields or you don't have long in the city then the floating flower market is a must see! The market is open all year round with a large selection of tulip bulbs (perfect if you want to grow your own at home) and other amazing flowers including Christmas trees in December.

The market is located in the centre of the city on the way to the Rijksmuseum on the Singel canal.

You will be able to smell the fresh flowers from the market before you see them.

You are able to enter each of the market stalls from the pavement which is also lined with a wide variety of cheese shops.

All of the stalls are floating on the water.

Each of the stalls has something different and unique to offer- from a wide range of tulip bulbs in every colour possible and hand painted wooden tulips to any kind of fresh flower you may desire. Whatever you are looking for from the market you will be sure to find!

The fresh flowers in the market vary depending on the time of year. With the weather in Amsterdam still being warm in September you are still able to purchase summer flowers such as sunflowers. Whereas in the spring (March, April) you would be able to purchase tulips and in the winter (November, December) you are able to purchase Christmas trees.

All of the flowers can be brought in bunches or you can select individual flowers and have your own bouquet made up there for you. 

If like us you have not gone the right time of year to purchase fresh tulips or in fact see the tulip fields then you can purchase hand painted wooden tulips.

When purchasing your own tulips you can also choose which colours you would like...

This is perfect if you like certain colour tulips!

The tulip bulbs come in a large variety of colours to choose from- colours that you may have ever imagined as a tulip.

You are able to select all of your own bulbs from the stall.

The stalls are filled with hanging flowers from the roof which fill the air with a dreamy scent!

With Amsterdam having nearly as many canals as Venice a canal cruise is the best way to see everything! The city is made up of 165 canals which are all different in their own way. You're sure to find something amazing on every canal.

The city has a large variety of canal cruises you can go on. Whether you would like to go on a canal cruise to get around the city or to sight see at night or during the day your sure to find what you want.

The canal cruise that we went on was a non-stop daytime cruise. The cruise lasted 75 minutes. Just enough time to see all the sights of the city. It was a cruise which was directed by the captain and not a set of headphones.

You will be able to see pretty houseboats on your cruise- filled with all kinds of flowers and plants- that you may not be able to see walking.

You can also get a pedalo to sightsee around the city. This is perfect if you want to make your own way around the city and explore where you want. It is also great fun trying to stear your own pedalo.

However you will have to be careful with all the other boats that are on the canal- chances are you will be the smallest.

At the end of your canal cruise you may also be able to see the bicycle multi-storey which is above the water.

We hope you have an amazing time visiting the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market and seeing the city on your canal cruise.

You can read about How to spend 3 days in Amsterdam {here.}

Chloe and Megan

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