In the beginning of this week I spent a couple of days in Amsterdam. It’s just a 30-minute train ride away from the city where I’m living, so it’s not a big trip to make, but I always love going to Amsterdam, walking around and enjoying the canals, the beautiful houses and hoping that one day I’ll live in this, for me, enchanting city. Cause really, there’s way more to my capital than the red light district and coffee shops to buy your (partly) legalized drugs at.
The city is covered with these canals.
And a lot of canals have these kind of houseboats in them.
Bikes are everywhere.
Anne Frank Museum: on the left the house in which Anne Frank was hidden; in front of the museum there’s the long waiting line which is there all day, every day. In front of the picture there’s a tour boat, it takes you on a tour through the canals in the city center and passes many tourist spots.
Surinamese/Javanese food, clockwise: a plate with noodles, fried rice, saté and peanut sauce, snake beans, cold salad, fried egg, prawn crackers and marinated chicken; snake beans, bean sprouts and cucumber with peanut sauce; (deep fried?) cassave with bacalhao; in batter deep fried banana with peanut sauce. Oh by the way, this meal was shared, so unfortunately not all devoured by me, myself and I.
Albert Cuyp market.
Sarphatipark, people (mostly the ones without a garden) relaxing in the park on this (rare) sunny day.
Sunny and warm days like these can be quite rare, even during the summer, so when the weather is nice all clothes immediately come off to flaunt the goodies and to get tanned.
Royal Palace of Amsterdam on Dam Square: it was build as the town hall, later it became the palace for the royal family. Now it is used by the king for entertaining and official functions.
Across from the palace there’s the National Monument: the national Remembrance of the Dead ceremony is held here every year on 4 May to commemorate the casualties of WOII and subsequent wars.
Dutch milf taking a stroll.
Beers to cool down.
A hidden courtyard in the middle of the city center.
Bike domino, anyone?
It’s not uncommon to see terraces on the canals. And when the weather is ever so slightly getting warmer, people crowd to all the café’s terraces to enjoy the weather, but mostly to check out all the people who are passing by.
Pretty houses with pretty roofs.
State Museum (Rijksmuseum): the museum was closed for the past ten years due to a €375 million(!) renovation. Now the museum is open to the public again and the waiting lines to get in are ridiculously long (so come early to avoid those). The museum has, among others, a couple of Vermeer’s, Van Gogh’s and this one in the picture is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.
I amsterdam and the back of the State Museum, which is apparently not yet completely finished.
There was one cold morning, so Dutch apple pie and hot chocolate milk with whipped cream (also quite Dutch) had to warm us up.
Typical Amsterdam street, with the front of the State Museum in the background.
Something different than a Rembrandt.
The last canal picture, finally.
A new way to use your bike.