10 years ago I married the most beautiful woman in the world. Not only beautiful outside but inside. She has an ocean of layers to her personality that I’m constantly swimming through. It so happens we are in London for this milestone, which affords us opportunities to go to SO MANY places to celebrate. We chose Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals (Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgract), dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel. This was a great opportunity for a romantic dinner as well as a history lesson.
Downtown is interesting. People say “always be looking up!” due to its remarkable skylines and rooftop designs, but you better look down as well! Bikes are the means of transportation in Amsterdam. There are more bikes on the road than cars. When you cross the streets if you pay more attention to the cars, you will suddenly hear a chorus of choking sounds (vowel sounds in Dutch) thrown at you. I was almost run over by a heard of bikes because I didn’t notice the dedicated lanes just before I crossed. ??
Like I said earlier you have to constantly look up so you don’t miss the most outstanding rooftops.
Museums are the eyes which a city looks at itself and the world.
There are around seventy five museums in Amsterdam and they are one of major Amsterdam attractions. The crown jewels of this huge collections of museums are the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank house. Due to their popularity we couldn’t get tickets to Anne Frank or Van Gogh, but we were able to experience the Rijksmuseum, which had a few Van Gogh’s AND lots of Rembrandts! ?