Scenes from Amsterdam
On my grand adventure exploring Europe I have collected so many fine memories. Above are a few pictures of Amsterdam…the city of canals! This was my first time in Amsterdam and I succumbed to its charms. It enchants you with its colorful gabled houses and elm lined canals. With 90 islands connected by 1,500 hundred bridges it is a joy to walk and discover what lies beyond the next bridge. After adjusting to the bicycle lanes and traffic patterns…there were a few close calls and my head learned to twist far to the right and far to the left to avoid my early demise…. Amsterdam cast her magic and I was under her spell. What an incredible city! I walked and walked and walked always discovering another surprise…like the man in a small boat with a small piano, trumpet, drums, whistles, cymbals, and a fused instrument made from several instruments that I cannot begin to describe. It is no wonder a small group gathered on the bridge overhead and listened to him play his one-man-band-in-a-boat music…it was pure enchantment!
I stopped for lunch at a cafe (pictured above). It was the perfect place to watch the local people come in for a coffee or tea. Hopefully, you will see the large bowl size striped tulips on the counter. Tulips are everywhere! I was the only tourist in the cafe at the time and was able to watch a young group meet up after school and witness the light flirtations…which can be detected in any language…of the beautiful young ladies and handsome boys over a tea and snack. The girls were the ones to leave first on their motorcycle, throwing back their long blonde hair challenging the boys to try and follow. Then off they sped in a cloud of laughter.
Every city has its beauties, unique history, and places to watch the people go about the business of living their everyday lives. Traveling opens up so many windows and a quiet corner in a local cafe is the window that gives a traveler the best view of the personality of a city one is visiting. I am having the time of my life!