On our first day in Amsterdam, and after the invigorating appletaart at Winkel, we headed to Westergasfabriek, a former 19th century gas fabric that was re-opened as a park on 2003 and that it holds several cultural activities.
Because we don’t have many big parks here in Barcelona we usually automatically make it a date to visit one in every new city we discover. This time we knew the weather forecast was not on our side, so we marked both Vondelpark and Westergasfabriek in our maps, for Sunday and Saturday respectively, and kept our fingers crossed. Like a good premonition of our imminent love for the Westergasfabriek park, a few minutes after we set foot on the park the sun started to shine (oh!! thanks weather!)
Parks are the perfect excuse to rest a little in the middle of a trip, and give the opportunity to take a few relaxed and uncrowded pictures. Well in our case, also add to goof around a lot! Westergasfabriek was the perfect combination between a more common city park, with people jogging in big esplanades, flowerbeads and benches, and a gorgeous marsh (even with its herons!). That left me speechless as I’ve never before seen one marsh-park in a city center.
On Sunday the rain kept us away from Vondelpark, Amsterdam can’t be so incredibly perfect after all, ha! :) but I believe Westergasfabriek made up for the Sunday rain exceedingly.
Do you usually include city parks in your trips? What do you like more about it? Indulge us by following our steps along Westergasfabriek in too many pictures!
** This post is part of our Amsterdam series **
The entrance of the park following the canal was also a good sign of what to expect.
The sun cames out and so does my happy face!
Pink unicorns in my sweater.
Close-up of the beautiful trees that welcomed us: piiink!
We met these three pals that were gossiping about the annoying couple with a camera.
I believe these are daffodils (anyone with a greener thumb than me to give some light?)
Dani looking adventurous in the middle of a field, in fact there was a little path here :) but to be sincere there were also lots of bugs.
I confirmed that soccer is also a big thing in Amsterdam (just like in Spain), kiddos were playing in the morning, grown-ups were yelling at a tv that same evening :)
In this big splanade there was a gym group jumping around like big frogs.
Of course, I had to join in the silliest gif we have ever made :P
Behind me a big building (the fabric I bet) that looked like an exhibition place.
Dani admiring the views, and looking for some real frogs ;)
We wished we had rented some bikes, but by that time we had already explored all the park.
…and a rain of flowers to thank you for following us along!