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January 10, 2014

Amsterdam again

First stop on our trip was Amsterdam. I'd visited before and liked it, so I was keen to go back. It's such a pretty city and everyone is lovely. The cyclists remain terrifying. I still jump and twitch when I hear a bicycle bell.



Say hi to my partner in crime, Wai Lam.



It took us twice as long as it should have to walk from our place to Museumplein because we kept stopping and admiring the views of the canal from every bridge.


We went to Rijksmuseum first.




And then battled the crowds in the Van Gogh museum.





After the museums our plan was to see the Light Festival that was apparently being held. We found about two of the installations and then got horribly lost looking for the others and ended up in a residential area. It took us ages to walk back to the city centre.


Fudge stall at the Christmas markets.


The view from the Amsterdam Central Library was supposed to be good, so we went up. The windows were super dirty, so I didn't get good pictures apart from this one of some blobby things on a building.


Rembrandt House, which is a museum in the house where he lived and reconstructed to look as it would have back then.


He had this collection of weird stuff like Roman busts and stuffed animals.



Bonus cat in the window of a shop we walked past to get to our place.

29 comments:

  1. haha, love that last shot - Cats just chilling out in the display! So cute. I really want to go to amsterdam, my sister has been and she loved it....She was also terrified of the cyclists!

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  2. Yeaahh Amsterdam!
    Love this city :)
    If you like second hand books you should check out "The Book Exchange" at the Kloveniersburgwal 58, if you happen to visit Amsterdam again :)

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  3. Amsterdam <3 I still need to check out Rijksmuseum!
    But I don't like the crowds.. might wait a little longer.
    Xx

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  4. You saw the light festival! I wanted to go, but bad weather and no partner in crime prevented me. (I wasn't keen on walking around with camera and tripod alone in Amsterdam...)
    I should go to Rijksmuseum too, I have yet to visit it!
    I'm glad you liked it :]

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  5. Great photos :) Definitely a city worth a visit - or two. Loads to see. :)

    x Satu
    Indie by heart

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  6. Is that girl sitting in a coffin? I love the cat, but somehow the coffin allusion is a little jarring.

    Did you try any of the fudge?

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    1. Oh I hadn't realised the mannequin was in a coffin at all, haha.

      We bought some, a bit too much and it took us a week to finish it!

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  7. Great photos, Amsterdam is definitely somewhere I need to visit!

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  8. so so pretty. i just want to jump in your photos and live in them for a bit. :)

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  9. Wonderful photos! Amsterdam is so lovely! Haha kinda funny that you've seen more things than me as a dutchie ;)

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  10. I'm sorry, I can't help but notice there's something different in your pictures... did you use a different lens or use different editing techniques? Your photography looks even neater than before. And you, how the dutch saying goes: "fell with your nose in the butter" (met je neus in de boter vallen). This past month has been a pretty eventful time in Amsterdam with the new Light Festival and Christmasmarkets! The route of the festival is a mess, so don't feel bad :) I'm happy you liked my city, the skytree lounge in the hilton hotel next to the library near central station is the 'new place' where the 'cool kids' hang out to get a neat-ass view of Amsterdam (and a drink or two). Very much looking forward to more! :D

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    1. Hmm I've been using the same lens and editing techniques! Might be that I'm taking pictures of more interesting things, haha.

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    2. Hahaha, aww no!! Maybe it's my own screen settings, images in your blog seem more vivid somehow right now. Oh well, I'm loving it! ;)

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  11. Wow!!! Your trip to Amsterdam looks absolutely incredible. I've always wanted to visit, but haven't had a chance, apart from seeing the inside of Schiphol airport whilst waiting for a connection flight! Your photos look absolutely beautiful - I'm sure they do Amsterdam justice! I'm curious - what camera do you use & do you edit your photos? Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. :-) I'm really looking forward to reading more about your European adventures!

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    1. I use a Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm kit lens and I do a bit of brightness/contrast/colour balance/levels tweaking in photoshop :)

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  12. Amsterdam is my dream destination for next summer! And it looks oh so dreamy in your photographs! <3

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  13. Amsterdam? i'm so jealous! canals, van gogh, bicycles....i love the variety of photos you've displayed here, really captures the location xx

    Little Blue Backpack

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  14. Ahh Europe, intense amount of culture, and it seems everything is always walking distance... I'm so jealous.

    www.rosa-dyn.com

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  15. If I remember rightly it's no photography in the Van Gogh museum, cheeky! Unless they've lacked the rule book, silly rule anyway.

    Buckets & Spades

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    1. I don't remember seeing that rule! I was taking photos quite freely, they musn't care anymore haha.

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  16. Does everyone in Amsterdam cycle? Every photo I've seen of the city seem to have bikes somewhere in it.

    xoxo
    Ivy
    http://www.purrpleivy.com/

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    1. Cycling is huge in Amsterdam! I think there are more bikes than people, or something like that.

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  17. GORGEOUS photos! Mesmerized by the architecture and river views!

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  18. Beautiful photos! The photos are all so sharp and defined, I love them. I still can't get over how pretty the canals are. Looking forward to your future posts :)

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  19. amsterdam is always niceeee!! love the place yet the photos!

    anyway im following you now, if you like my blog you can follow me back :D

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  20. Woah these photos are all incredibly beautiful!
    Call me cliché, but after reading The Fault In Our Stars, Amsterdam made it to the top of my bucket list haha!

    Hayfa
    www.londonloafers.com

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  21. I would love to visit Amsterdam. The city look so cozy!

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  22. I only had a chance to stay briefly in Amsterdam but it was an interesting city. I have never seen so many bikes in one town haha!

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