My sister N’ku and I arrive in Amsterdam early on a Sunday morning and take bus 197 from the airport to Leidseplein where our AirBnB apartment is located. After a refresher nap, we decide to take in the sights.
We walk to The National Monument in Dam Square to join the Sandeman Amsterdam Free Tour. Our tour guide, Rob, an American, gave us a good introduction to the city and some historical tidbits.
On our second day, we sleep in, then use a Holland Pass voucher on a pleasurable Blue Boat canal tour. We enjoyed the canal cruise so much we opted to use another voucher for the 100 Highlights Cruise offered by a different company later on in the week. Trust me when I say just go with Blue Boat.
I took pictures of historic buildings, close-ups of plaques on these buildings, pretty canals (pictures never do them justice), and just whatever caught my fancy.
“I amsterdam” begun as a marketing campaign and this sign is now a great photo opportunity for tourists. There’s another now that greets you at Schipol airport. The Rijksmuseum behind holds an unrivaled collection of Dutch art. It recently re-opened in April 2013 after a 10 year renovation period. Aren’t I lucky!
This dates back to the 14th century when the population of Amsterdam outgrew the Old Church. Since the early 1800s, Dutch monarchs have been crowned here.
We met a number of interesting characters at the park. It’s definitely a great place for people watching.
I could do a whole blog post on the iconic Amsterdam grachtenhuizen (canal houses)