For a very walkable and relatively small city, it is more eclectic than most.From a church in the center of the Red Light District to coffee shops that don’t specialize in coffee, Amsterdam is unlike anywhere else. As you probably know, many things are legal in this city and since this is the way, it is all very casual. While one doesn’t need to partake, these things should be taken seriously such as any business. Meanwhile, the city as a whole is very quaint with its narrow buildings, large windows, and probably more bike riders than car drivers. It always makes for an interesting walk no matter which direction you go.
Central station where our journey started.
Amsterdam has over a thousand little bridges to cross all of its canals.
The flower market, love all of the colors.
Cute little cacti.
Supposedly people used to be taxed on the width of their house front which explains the narrow facades. Look closely at this one. No you’re not imagining it, that house is just not straight. Many of the narrow buildings were like this, a bit unsettling but at least they have each other to lean on.
Van Gogh was from The Netherlands, so a visit to the museum was a must.
Many of the “boats” on the water are actually houseboats.
Heineken was also born in the Netherlands, so why not?
The city square.
It was here in Amsterdam that Anne Frank hid with family for two years during World War II. The first floor a warehouse for her father’s business, second an office, third and fourth the living areas for the 9 people in hiding. Unfortunately no pictures were permitted, but going through the house definitely provided a deeper understanding of her diary.
Love the pretty Dutch architecture around the city.
Flying pins. That’s a strike!