So, we scheduled ourselves a long weekend in this city laced with some 165 canals and linked by 1,281 bridges, on our return from Greece last spring.
What we found was that when the sun shines (as it did periodically during our stay) Amsterdam sheds its dark gray rain coat, and comes to life with a a colorful vibrancy! Let us take you on a tour:
The boat, pictured above, painted in the color of its famous Heineken beer cans and bottles, caused many heads to turn as it glided past.
Although the canals get all the tourist photos, I must say that the city’s electric-powered blue and white trams should be getting equal billing. They are sleek, modern and so quiet that you must stay on guard for them as they can slide up behind you without much notice. . .well, other than a ding of their bells.
While we did our explorations on foot, we were tempted to hop aboard and take a ‘tram tour’ of the town. There are 16 lines in and around the city center and they always travel on the right hand track. Most pass near Dam Square (in the heart of the old town) before terminating at the Central Train Station.
If the architectural design isn’t enough on the buildings, then the signage should catch your eye. I’ll be showing you more of the art we discovered as we wound our way past the more than 6,000 shops that operate in the city in a future post.
We’d lucked out because the tulips were late bloomers this year so we actually caught them still in bloom . Of course with more than 600,000 bulbs in parks and public gardens here, it would have been difficult to miss them.
That is it for Travel Photo Thursday. Head over to Budget Travelers Sandbox for some more armchair travels today. Or to The Tablescraper on Friday for "Oh, the Places I have been"But before you do, I must thank Francesca at Postcard Pictures for tapping us to participate in this year’s Capture the Colour Contest sponsored by Travel Supermarket. This post is our entry.
And now it is my turn to tap five other bloggers, inviting them to participate as well. So here I go:
Poppy at PoppyView, who’s created a wonderful blog set in Crete.
Krista at Rambling Tart who illuminates Australia (and other wonderful places) in her blog.
Helen at Helen Tilston Painter who’s introduced us to the wonders of art and travel.
Inka at GlamourGrannyTravels who has brought Turkey and Spain to life in recent years.
Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox who writes from South Korea – the hostess of
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