Amsterdam was an incredibly photogenic city. I spent a considerable amount of time walking along its many canals and capturing the city’s beauty. So here are snapshots of what I saw through my lens, which also concludes my series of Amsterdam blog posts:
I loved how Europeans decorated everything with flowers, from windows to door steps to even bridges:
While standing in line for Anne Frank House, I saw Westerkerk, the same church that Anne saw while hiding in the secret annex.
Visiting Anne Frank House was an incredible experience. I crawled through the bookshelf-door that was the secret entrance and entered a whole new world of the annex. It was a small apartment up there, where I couldn’t believe an entire family (plus some) lived for 2 years. I walked from room to room, the kitchen, and attic. But what struck me the most were the magazine cutouts and pictures pasted on the walls of Anne’s bedroom. It reminded me how in the end, Anne was still a normal girl. A normal girl who craved a normal life but lived in abnormal circumstances.
After that visit, I purchased the diary and planned to read it on the rest of the trip…but still haven’t gotten round to it. And I will, as soon as I finish a couple library books that are about to be due!
Continuing my walk around Amsterdam…
Somehow stumbled up on a “grungier” part of town with graffiti everywhere. Too bad the graffiti was fenced off, or else there would’ve been a lot more pictures…
Learned about the national flag’s symbols on the Walking Tour of Amsterdam: the three crosses are supposed to protect the city from the three disasters that struck it in the past: fire, water and black plague.
Thankfully, the weather warmed up the next day in time for my biking tour.
Aaand I ended my day of walking with a nice, cold Heineken. Normally not a beer-drinker, but I had to try one since I was in the city where the brewery was established! Did I notice a huge difference in taste? Eh, I tell myself that it tasted lighter and felt smoother than when in a bottle…
Amsterdam was unlike any city I’ve been to before. I was surprised by how small, eco-friendly, and clean it was! It didn’t have any of that big-city chaos (crowds, skyscrapers, litter, honking horns) that I’ve become used to. But in the end, I believe I prefer big-city chaos to the small, quiet cities. Amsterdam was nice, but I don’t feel the NEED to go back (unlike with London). Perhaps you feel differently! Share about your Amsterdam experiences in the comments below!
Have you been to Amsterdam? What did you like most about it? If not, would you go?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. All adventures in Amsterdam and its surrounding cities can be found here.