Oh Amsterdam. I think that we had a total of 4 hours of nice weather the whole time we were there! Luckily, the train ride from Bruges was relatively easy but we arrived in a monsoon. We hopped off of the tram into the first restaurant we saw and totally lucked out. It was a gorgeous, huge place with chandeliers and wonderful croque madame sandwiches. After putting on rain gear, which turned out to be our costumes for most of our time in Amsterdam, we left the restaurant and headed to our hotel. We ended up getting a fantastic rate on a boutique hotel called RobertRamon. It was close to everything, extremely chic, and looked like it belonged in NYC.
We ventured back into the rain after the museum, and stumbled upon this wonderful little wine bar. I will be posting more about it when I get home on my wine blog (http://www.whineaboutwine.com/)
For dinner we decided on a pub in the popular Leidseplein square which is packed with restaurants and the popular Bulldog Coffee Shop. We dined on humongous burgers, that I think had a slab of Canadian bacon on them, in a Heineken restaurant while the storm raged outside. It's so strange drinking Heineken after those delicious Belgian beers...it now tastes like water. I'm a Belgian beer fan for life! We returned to our rooms that night completely soaking wet from the storm. I honestly don't think that I have ever been that soaked in my life. Thank God the hotel bed was nice and cozy!