I spent three days in Amsterdam in August as part of my #2SummersEuropeanTrip. I have so many pretty pictures of the visit and if I don’t share them now I may never do it. So without further delay, here they are.
My Amsterdam photos organized themselves into a series of seven categories.
Amsterdam Photo Category #1: Buildings
Amsterdam has crazy architecture — lots of super tall, skinny, very old row-houses, some of which lean at seemingly precarious angles.
The Museum of Our Lord in the Attic — an entire Catholic Church hiding inside one of Amsterdam’s tall, ancient row-houses. Highy recommended.
Photo Category #2: Cyclists
Photo Category #3: Food and Drink
Amsterdam isn’t known as a foodie city, but I beg to differ.
A Surinamese restaurant on the east side of Amsterdam, where I bought a takeaway one evening. There are thousands of people of Surinamese descent living in the Netherlands; Surinamese food is an interesting mix of Caribbean and Asian influences.
If you eat only one thing in the Netherlands, eat one (or ten) of these: stroopwafels. Stroopwafels are chewy, waffle-like cookies (biscuits) with a caramel filling. The stroopwafels pictured here are fancy ones from a famous bakery called van Wonderen, but you can buy them anywhere without the elaborate toppings.
Photo Category #4: Canals
Amsterdam, and the Netherlands as a whole, is more water than land.
Photo Category #5: Tiny Cars
I was fascinated by the teeny-tiny cars, called Cantas, which are all over Amsterdam. Cantas are designed for disabled drivers and are small enough to fit on cycling and walking paths.
Photo Category #6: Coffeeshops
Coffeeshops, aka cannabis shops, are abundant in Amsterdam.
I’m sure you’re wondering so I’ll tell you. I felt too nervous to go into a coffeeshop alone and smoke a joint, and as it turns out I was right to feel that way: The weed in Amsterdam coffeeshops is extremely strong. I did feel compelled to try it though, so on my last night I bought a joint and took it back to the flat where I was staying. I had four or five drags before going to bed and that was way more than enough.
Photo Category #7: Sex
And lastly, many of my photos covered several categories at once.
One more quick note: I don’t have any photos from the Anne Frank House (photos aren’t allowed inside) but I really recommend visiting this museum. I was lucky to get a last-minute appointment through a friend but the Anne Frank House must normally be booked weeks in advance. It’s well worth it.
I loved Amsterdam. Can’t wait to go back.