I bought my first “real” camera just few weeks before I moved to Italy in 2011. Since that I have been taking photos weekly, and I think my photo collection currently has more than 50 000 photos. Crazy! After changing to smaller Olympus last summer, I have been taking more photos than ever as it is so easy to take everywhere with me. But the amount of photos also means that there is more editing. Anyone who takes more photos knows that editing is big part of the “job”, and can take so much more time, than taking those photos. So to be honest here, from my time in the Netherlands I still have hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of photos waiting editing. Sometimes I feel I should not even edit and post those “old” photos anymore, but there is so many stories still to tell. And that´s why last night I edited few sets and today I am taking you to colorful Amsterdam.
In the Netherlands I was living in Breda, which is about one hour from Amsterdam with train. Despite the short distance, I ended up visiting Amsterdam only three or four times I think. I am sometimes so sad about this, but same time I am happy I can go back there later and experience still a lot. For sure the best day spend in Amsterdam was with Miss V, who visited me in November. The day was sunny, not too cold, and we ended up seeing exactly that Amsterdam we all dream when scrolling photos around social media.
Saturdays (well truthfully all days) are crazy busy in Amsterdam, but if you leave the few main streets, you can actually enjoy your stay! We were mainly walking around beautiful Jordaan district which is packed with small boutiques, restaurants, cafés and interesting architecture. You can take those iconic canal photos and see locals living their every day life.
We did not have many “must see” places on our list for our day in Amsterdam, which ended up being a good solution. This way we did not have stress about visiting this and this and this place, and we could just wonder around. We found the most amazing Ramen restaurant, and I highly recommend you to go and try out Fou Fow ramen if you ever visit Amsterdam. We also visited the tulip shop, which is part of the Amsterdam tulip museum. Who know there is so many beautiful tulips in this world?? I wish one day I have my own garden and I can fill it with different tulips. Talk about life goals haha!
A little tip buy the way for you, who are dreaming the beautiful flower market in Amsterdam. The Dutch people take their flower business seriously, so always double check if taking photos is allowed, and be especially careful which flowers you can touch. Also do not hesitate to ask tips from the people selling the flowers, as they truly know everything about flowers, which bulbs you can take to your country, how to make them grow and how to take good care of them. But be also ready for surprises, as my mother who bought two different colors of amaryllis bulbs, ended up having two same colors. What a unfortunate disappointment, but can easily happen!
Amsterdam offers incredible amount of interesting museums, monuments and districts with different activities. I advice you to check the opening hours, but also the rush hours. It is not a joke when people say there is so much people in Amsterdam. Lines can be long, and you don´t want to end up waiting half of your visit. And if you want to do something iconic like the Anne Frank house, now a days you need to make a reservation well before your visit to be sure you get in, as it is so popular.
Just before going back home with Miss V, we visited the iconic Red lights district. You should go there late in the evening as the amount of time we walked around the area to see more than closed windows is somewhat hilarious, as we went there already around 8 pm. In this area you need to be ready to see, that nothing is left for you to only imagine. There are real ladies (and gentlemen) behind those windows, real people using the service and a lot confusing looking people (even families with children). It is one of those places you kind of want to watch, but same time feel stupid to stare half naked ladies. There is also a lot shops and museums, and you can even have guided tour around the area.
For these photos I used little different style for the editing, and would love to hear how you like this “little too much color” theme? Hope you have a nice Thursday!