Postcard from Amsterdam

November 28, 2010 in Postcards

Amsterdam is one of those perfectly picturesque cities: tree-lined canals, bicycle-lined cobblestone alleyways, old-style architecture. The skies may have been gray, but the cozy coffee shops provided the perfect escape.

Amsterdam

The best way to see the city is like the locals: by bicycle. It’s extremely compact and easy to get around. While there are plenty of museums and sites to keep you busy, don’t miss the street art, the characters, the little touches that make Amsterdam so charming.

Backseat driver
You can’t beat this travel companion.

The NEMO
The hands-on science museum that’s even cooler on the inside.

Ladybugs are lucky charms!
Ladybugs are my favorite good-luck charm.

The original SmartCar
The predecessor to the SmartCar.

Canals of Amsterdam
Tree- and boat-lined canals.

What’s your favorite part of Amsterdam?

  • It’s on my list! By the way…Lindsey (Lost In Cheeseland) spoke very sweetly of you-think we were in Paris around the same time…? 😉

  • I saw a cute dog at your pic, can you travel with your pet?

  • Candicewalsh

    Damn it, I totally missed that museum!

  • Kbrennan6

    i think i belong here.

  • I love Amsterdam! I think the architecture and the canals are so beautiful, but I’ve never made it to the science museum! I didn’t even know it existed. I’m definitely putting it on my to-do list.

  • The Jordaan is my favorite slice of the city. And outside of Amsterdam, I’m smitten with Haarlem.

  • My fave is the apple pancakes! 😉 GREAT pics!!!

  • Anonymous

    Apparently dogs can travel in baskets on scooters, not a problem in Amsterdam!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, that’s awesome! Lindsey is great, isn’t she? We’ve had lots of fun discussions about life in France :)

  • Anonymous

    More bikes in one place than I’ve ever seen. You would love it.

  • Anonymous

    We went to it at the end of Museum Night–sooo much fun! Picture tons of drunk twenty-somethings playing with science at midnight in the museum. Hard to beat.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, Amsterdam was the only city I got to see in the Netherlands! Would certainly love to go back.

  • Anonymous

    We ended at the NEMO on Museum Night since we could see it from our houseboat–easy walk home at 2 a.m.–but it was so much fun! I would totally go back again during the day.

  • Anonymous

    Yummm I didn’t try apple pancakes, but I did have pancakes with ham and cheese. Delicious!

  • That car is hilarious–it looks like someone cut it right in half.

  • I’m Italian and I live in Amsterdam. I travel a lot and I do think that’s the only place I ever lived in that I can consider “home”.
    Nothing to do with all the clichés you hear about this huge old village (and the Nederland in general). Open, warm, laid back, civilized people, always something to do each day of the week both in the long light fresh summer evenings and the endless darkest freezing winter days :) Come back soon!

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it ridiculous?! The Smart Car must have originated here!

  • Anonymous

    I would love to come back–I’d love to see more of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside!

  • Anonymous

    My favorite part of Amsterdam were the bike rides, spacious green parks and great food! If you ever return, you HAVE to go to Lof for dinner!

  • Anonymous

    You always find the best food places! I adored the bike rides as well–although I didn’t spot as many spacious green parks. Must not have been looking in the right place! Also, did you try Indonesian while you were there? Loved it!

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