The Eurostar and Thalys trains carried us swiftly to Amsterdam, where the weather was unfortunately as wet and un-summery as England.
Thankfully the weather improved, and we really enjoyed exploring Amsterdam by foot along its innumerable canals.
The bike-friendly nature of the city also really appealed to me, though to be offered a clearly stolen bike for €10 was one of it's downsides.
Our main mission for the day was to find and explore the Hofje - courtyard gardens of Amsterdam that are open to the public, but difficult to find unless someone has told you where they are. They were created as a form of social security, usually for women, and some still function as such. This one we found was a sheltered little haven that felt very cosy and secure.