Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trip to Italy - Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a lively, romantic, beautiful city, rich in diversity, culture, tolerance, and full of extensive canals, bicycles, world-famous museums, historical sites, active night-life, and international cuisine.  
 Amsterdam's Central Station
 Rijksmuseum with more than one million artifacts including paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vemeer.
  Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark
And of course - 'I amsterdam' sign! 
 Amsterdam's main mode of transportation.
 Other forms of transportation.
 View outside of our hotel room.
 Yummy pastries, everywhere...

hand-dipped chocolates,
 the biggest assortment of black licorice I've ever seen,
 and all the Cannabis products you could ever want (but not me of course).
 Holland is known for its beautiful bulbs and flowers.
 Other items common in the Netherlands.
We went on a tour of  Anne Frank's house after standing in line for almost three hours.
 Inside the Anne Frank Museum.
 Van Gough Museum - it was pretty awesome.
 De Wallen or red-light district, one of oldest sections in Amsterdam.
  Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam
  Bloemenmarkt - world's only floating flower market.
 Amsterdam's transportation hub in Leidseplein Square.
 Magna Plaza - expensive shopping.

  Dam Square home to Royal Palace, National Monument, Madame Tussauds, (a million pigeons), and other important buildings.
 Shopping center in Dam Square.
 Madame Tussauds' shopping in Dam Square.
 De Krijtberg Kerk - Roman Catholic church located in Singel neighborhood.
  St. Nicolaas Church
 Montelbaanstoren erected in 1606, a meeting place for sailors...

 Gothic-style Oude Kerk church - Amsterdam's oldest church and located right next to the red light district...

  Houten Huis - oldest wooden house from 1420, located in Wallen quarter next to Oude Kerk.

Westerkerk has the highest tower in the city and is also Rembrandt's burial place in the Jordaan neighborhood. 
  Jordaan Area
 Waag in the Nieuwmarkt Sqaure, built in 1488.
  Koninklijk Paleis, one of three royal palces in Amsterdam.
 Moco Museum with exhibits by Banksy and Andy Warhol.
 The University of Amsterdam...

 Grasshopper Cofee Shop
  Grasshopper and canal buildings...

  Canals with small boats
Canals with houseboats