Bring an open mind and enjoy
One of my most favorite things about Amsterdam is:
the pace, lifestyle, and feeling of the old city (away from busy center) along the canals on a warm, sunny day in the fall. Walking, and even better, bicycling the city and countryside both day and at night, especially during the still-warm fall weather.
- The local people I met in Amsterdam. Puccinis. Bicycles. Indonesian and Dutch food. The peace of the sunset from a terrace. The chimes from Westerkerk Toren.
Meeting, listening to and learning from all different cultures of people on the streets, in the cafes, restaurants, museums, bars, and coffee shops.
Water; canals, art, architecture.
To me, Amsterdam at first felt like a city of harmony, but the more I return I am finding beneath the surface that is not necessarily the case.
No matter, I will not let prejudice and hatred spoil Amsterdam or the Netherlands for me.
Amsterdam's an easy city to walk through. At least that little area i got to know. Everything is so near and even though I spent few time there i didn't feel the need of getting into any tram to move around faster. Everything seems to be close, and you have to walk a little further some channel or nice building will come across your way and delight your eyes. While walking around don't forget to look up, some buildings are pretty interesting and you will notice some typical architecture. Streets are crowded both with locals and visitors and you still you feel you’re through a cosy welcoming city.
A must would be the Red Light...
A must would be the Red Light District if you are a male. The cruise through the verious canals if you are a lady....or with a lady. The serenity of the water. The whole city has canals weaving in and out. This seperation makes every block seem like its own island. The air is fresh and the sounds are relaxing.
Well, My fondest memory is really in a place just outside of Amsterdam called Edam. Definatly visit this beautiful village and rent a bike. Just for an hour or so. They are awesome old bikes-complete with the little hand bell. Riding along the red cobblestone past the beautiful dutch houses, canals and windmills is a priceless experience!
Also in the same town is a cheese-making factory, and a little wooden shoe carving factory. When I say 'factory' I mean, little dutch looking house where they make the stuff
Vondelpark - Another lake.
Vondelpark is quite a big park to enjoy the peace and serenity...
There's another nice park at one end of this park surrounded by the museums such as, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Stelidijk museum. I did not get the chance to take a picture to show you cos it was raining heavily after we finished taking these pictures and continued for the rest of the day. We passed by the park on the tram and the park looks beautiful.