Hi Guys,
After Eindhoven city, i had opportunity to visit Amsterdam.

I love walking around Prinsengracht in the morning. Houseboats bob, bike bells cling cling, flower sellers lay out their wares. The old merchants houses tilt at impossible angles, and it’s easy to imagine an era when boats unloaded spices out the front.

I love how cappuccinos appear and disappear in 350-year-old bars like Café Pieper, and how beers do the same in candlelit timewarps like Café de Dokter. It’s all good fuel for ferrying across the IJ to see bands under twinkling lights at the Tolhuistuin come nightfall.

Amsterdam is famously gezellig, a Dutch quality that translates roughly as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here and now that leaves all your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. You can get that warm, fuzzy feeling in many situations, but the easiest place is a traditional brown café. Named for their wood panelling and walls stained by smoke over the centuries, brown cafés practically have gezelligheid (cosiness) on tap, alongside good beer. You can also feel gezellig at any restaurant after dinner, when you’re welcome to linger and chat after your meal while the candles burn low.

Two wheeling is a way of life here. It’s how Amsterdammers commute to work, go to the shop and meet a date for dinner. With all the bike rental shops around, it’s easy to gear up and take a spin. If locals aren’t on a bike, they may well be in a boat. With its canals and massive harbour, this city reclaimed from the sea offers countless opportunities to drift. Hop in a canal boat (preferably an open-air one) or one of the free ferries behind Central Station for a wind-in-your-hair ride.

You can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in the city. The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection by tortured native son Vincent. A few blocks away, Vermeers, Rembrandts and other Golden Age treasures fill the glorious Rijksmuseum. The Museum het Rembrandthuis offers more of Rembrandt via his etching-packed studio, while the Stedelijk Museum counts Matisses and Mondrians among its modern stock. And when the urge strikes for something blockbuster, the Hermitage Amsterdam delivers: the outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum picks from its three-million-piece home trove to mount mega exhibits.

Amsterdam is ripe for rambling, its compact core laced by atmospheric lanes and quarters. You never know what you’ll find: a hidden garden, a shop selling velvet ribbon, a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery, an old monastery-turned-classical-music-venue. Wherever you end up, it’s probably by a canal. And a café. And a gabled building that looks like a Golden Age painting.


 

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I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for years. I hear it’s so gorgeous, and from these pics, I can see that was definitely true! I had no idea the Van Gogh Museum was there; he’s one of my favorite artists 🙂

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Yeah you definitely should visit, you’ll never regret!

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Amsterdam looks and sounds amazing! I have always wanted to go there! The photos you have captured are so good and really solidifies my want/need to go!

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Thank you very much, you definitely have to visit, you’ll be amazed!

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That is so cool. I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam and now thanks to your amazing post I can honestly say I have. But now my passion for that city is ever more fuled. Thank u darling

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Thank you very much!

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What a beautiful travel review of one of the finest cities out there in Europe. Your words are truly capturing and make me remember a lot of fond memories of a city I used to frequent a lot when I had a friend living there. Amsterdam is unique with its canals and bikes and many are the memories of late nights in the most weird places. You mentioned a monastery turned into a venue for classical music. Well, I was at a old church turned into a night club and it felt somewhat sacrilegious to be there to be honest. Thank you for a beautiful review of Amsterdam!

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Thank you very much Thomas, glad you like it.
Hope you’ll visit the place and i’m sure you’ll love it !

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This post made me experience gezellig like I were in Amsterdam too. You made me feel like I were in one of those brown bars forgetting the rat race. And Dutch painters are among my favourites. I need to visit Amsterdam soon. Thank you for this amazing post! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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I’m glad you like it, you definitely should visit soon and you’ll be amaze!

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Ahh I always wanted to go to Amsterdam! This looks so beautiful 😊 Love your pictures! xx

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Thank you very much!

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Beautiful photos and beautiful post my friend!
I got to visit this wonderful city for the first time this Summer and I LOVED it too! It’s so charming!!
Thanks for sharing! These photos take me back!!
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Thank you very much, glad you like it!

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Ramet, although I have yet to visit Amsterdam myself I feel like you captured it beautifully. You describe it in such a way that it sounds like this magical city and now I want to go so badly! Love the photos you shared as well, thanks for sharing a little piece of Amsterdam with us!!

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Thank you very much, i’m glad you like it!

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I love that everyone rides bikes there! It’s better for the environment and doesn’t cause traffic jams haha

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Thank you very much!

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Amsterdam looks absolutely amazing and I would love to go there and visit the Van Gogh Museum! This is such a fabulous post!

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Already went to Amsterdam last year and it was so great! Loved all the canals and bikes all around!

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