Everyone in the world is getting married this year so life is a constant round of hen parties and weddings. But some of them are worth 5000 mile commutes for and Jess definitely qualifies. I've managed to engineer myself on to the right side of the atlantic for the engagement drinks and the hen do - and I could not be a more excited bridesmaid.
We mananged to keep proceedings mostly a surprise until we herded all ten of her nearest and dearest to the airport to jump on a plane to Amsterdam for an entirely silly weekend.
Apartments at Leidsplein and beautiful spring weather meant we walked all over the city.
Breaking for Brunch at GS for the most desperately needed breakfast Bloody Mary's we've ever had (and a whole menu of them pleasingly printed on old records)
For a Cheese and Wine tasting event that was much more serious than we expected (rather more cheese and less wine...)
All followed by a long bubbly supper at Bo Cinq - delicious Wagyu burgers and pudding that no-one could finish.
And an attempt to dance properly at Jimmy Woo - before giving up and heading out in search of more Beyonce (she hasn't got the ring on it quite yet..)
Our Sunday was (understandably) rather more subdued
A sunny Paper Planes Brunch and a quiet boat ride round the canal
Before creeping exhaustedly onto our plane, and sleeping all the way back to London.
(The most delicious of our) Locations: GS Cafe, Bo Cinq Restaurant, Jimmy Woo, Paper Planes Cafe: All Amsterdam Centrum.