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Amsterdam,  Netherlands - flag Netherlands -  Noord-Holland
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Amsterdam without the cafes and the Red District

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The first time I arrived in Amsterdam I was quite disappointed, as I saw it as the casual city of the world. I must admit that the canals are filthy, and so is most of the city. Yet with a little imagination, and a minimum of research I discovered that Amsterdam is very rich in art and history. After all, Amsterdam hosts a large collection of Rembrandts and Van Gogh. Also it is where Anne Frank hid during WWII.

Favourite spots:
Vondelpark is beautiful, even under a soft mist, as it was cloudy when I got there. Although all the buildings resemble each other, they are very different. One can see the centuries reflected through the building's facades. Also Daily they have boat canal tours, I highly recommend them. One can admire the city from a different angle while on the boat. There are many stops and one can hop on and off the boats to visit the numerous sights throughtout the day. Also you'll discover the many and interesting brigdes. An why not stop at the Scheepvaart Museum to catch a live show on the replica of the East Indiaman. Many Neo-Gothic spires can be seen in the skyline of the city. Each with a wonderful story to tell.

What's really great:
I watch a play aboard the replica of the East Indiaman by the Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum. Although I don't understand the language very well, the costumes and acting were great. Inside the museum is a large collection of model boats. They are very detailled and impressive. I was especially intrigued by the Royal Barge which is the oldest exisiting vessel. Painted white and ornated with gold trimmings, it also holds red velvet curtains and pillows.

Sights:
I enjoyed examining the numerous bridge crossing the many canals. They all have a personality of their own, and I'm sure they all have a different story to tell, although I unfortunately don't have a guide or any history of the bridges. They were all built in minute details and affection. The architects must have particular pride in them as they all hold different style.

Other recommendations:
While on my canal tour the house-boats held particular interest to me as they are filled with quite an assorment of treasures. From tires to building materials and Sun flowers to deck chairs. It must be especially difficult to hide your messy or neat lifestyle while the quarters are so cramped and within a narrow public canal. They also clearly reflect the personalities of the people living there, compared to a house where the inside is quite hidden. I felt a little like a 'peeping tom' yet couldn't hide my facination at their different way of living.


Published on Wednesday October 9th, 2002


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