21 April 2013

I amsterdam

Amsterdam is my city. I wasn't born there and I've never lived there but if I had to pick a city to call mine it would be Amsterdam. I love it there.  The history and the culture and the architecture. Amsterdam just has a great feel to it (and I'm not talking about the contact high you get in certain neighborhoods!). I could do a month of Sunday posts about the city (maybe I will!).

I took the train up there yesterday. I try to get there every few months and I'm thinking I need to get there  a few more times before I move.  It was a beautiful, sunny day. A little chilly, especially closer to the water, and windy but otherwise gorgeous!  It rains about 90% of the time when I go to Amsterdam so it was nice to have a dry day.

I visited the The Resistance Museum; something I've wanted to check out for a while but none of my visitors has been interested so I had to wait for a solo trip. I'm really glad I finally made it.  I walked to several parts of the city I haven't seen before (and that's one of the reasons I love the city...you can see something new every time you go).   Here's a very small taste of yesterday's visit.

See the little skinny house between the much bigger ones?

The Anne Frank house is not on Anne Frankstraat (Anne Frank Street). It's not even in the same part of town. I didn't know there was an Anne Frank Street until I was looking at the map to walk from the Resistance Museum to the Science Center.

The beginning of the Resistance Museum
One of my favorite places in the city (kaashuis = cheese house)!  There are so many samples and they don't look at you funny when you're taking you're 5th piece of the smoked goat cheese (all three varieties!). You can sample yourself full in there (and I do...every time!).

I amsterdam (the title of this post) is a tourism campaign put on by the city.  There are "I amsterdam" signs and sculptures all over the city.  Here's the family at the one in front of the Rijks Museum when they visited last May.

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  1. It is a lovely city, and you captured the beauty of Amsterdam nicely in this photo series.

  2. I look forward to visiting Amsterdam again this summer. We road in the canal boats last summer. Plan to take a bus trip to see the windmills this year.

  3. You took the train to Amsterdam? So you must live nearby. The pictures are so beautiful. I have never been but would love to visit. I was very blessed to get three weeks in Europe in June 2011 seeing London, Paris and Italy. My dream is to live in London for a year. Thanks for stopping over today. I now have you in my reader. Nice to meet you. Debby

    1. Welcome Debby! I'm rather well situated for taking the train to Amsterdam or Brussels or London or Paris or Dusseldorf or...basically, I'm lucky! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. One of my dearest friends fell in love with Holland when she visited Europe. My mom is fond of the country, too. I don't know. I have only visited London and Moscow. I think I would like it because I love your tour via your blog.

  5. Great photos showing the historical, natural and architectural beauty of the place. I hope to go to Amsterdam one day.

  6. Oh you're lucky - I'd love to travel so easily inside Europe - but Finland is...too far.
    So we we need to get out of here, travel, to feel real European feeling.
    Amsterdam, too many yrs I've visited there the last time...the first picture looks familiar :)

  7. Oh dear, a cheese store...babble and drool! (it's Snappy from WW :))

  8. Amsterdam is one place I've always wanted to visit. Everything I've seen about it is so inviting. Thanks for the photos. They're lovely.
    Happy SIMC, jj

  9. very beautiful city to claim as your own.

  10. Beautiful pictures. It's a city I hope to visit someday. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. LOVED this post, I definitely hope to see Amsterdam for myself someday.

  12. It looks like a fantastic city.