Perhaps a little bit late, but below you’ll find pictures from my three days spent in Amsterdam. The city was filled with canals and is dubbed the, ‘Venice of the North.’ After traveling the continent for a month, I’d quite easily say that Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen.
You might notice from this photo that the buildings are leaning in towards the street a wee bit. Many of Amsterdam’s flats were extremely skinny when viewed from the street – owners were taxed based on how wide their property was. With skinny buildings, sometimes not much wider than a door, you can imagine it is difficult to move furniture and the like into the flats. Sofas and other large household goods are hoisted up from the street. Considering the buildings lean in, there is more space when hoisting up goods. Not sure this makes sense, if only I could draw you a picture. Below, the red fronted flat is the skinniest property in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is touted as being one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. There are bicycles lanes and racks everywhere you go. In fact, Amsterdam has its own ‘bicycle parking garage’ to help accommodate the 456,000 bicycles in the city.
Brian at Febo. Febo is Amsterdam’s take on fast food. You walk into one of the many Febos in the city, enter one Euro into the machine, and walk out with a number of quick (albeit unhealthy) food options. Delicious.
For reasons you probably understand, the ladies working the Red Light District weren’t to fond on tourists taking pictures of them. On the left side of this picture, you can see one of the streets where the Red Light District begins. The whole concept can only be described as bizarre. You’ve got to see it to believe it.