Sunday, 14 December 2008

City Trippin' to Amsterdam

Finally some more blogging about travelling!

At a mere 250km from Brussels, Amsterdam is the closest capital for a city trip. And it's worth it. Except for the large amount of tourist crowds around the busy places, the city is perfect for a short weekend out.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam,Amsterdam,diamond skullI Amsterdam...at the museum

The canals and architecture of the city are probably the biggest attraction and invite for long walks through the center. Though it's easy to get lost, if you follow some big canal you always get back where you wanted. The city is pretty big, therefore exploring the city by bike is often a good plan if you really want to see everything in some days time.

Going by car from Belgium is easy and only a couple of hours driving, but be aware: parking space in Amsterdam is rare and damn expensive (3,5 to 6€ per hour). A full day in a covered parking costs 50€. Driving around in the city is definetely discouraged and the small streets are not great for driving anyway...

So we walked and walked around...this is what we saw on our way



Skewed houses along the waterside


The House of Bols, the modern version of brewery visit. Won the design award of the year for the nice concept of the 'museum'.

Smells and Tastes...
A great tour, a great tasting session afterwards...and great marketing @ the House of Bols


Pop Art in the Academic neighbourhood

Concert Hall

diamond skull, Amsterdam
picture of the diamond skull exposed inside





Amsterdam Canal
more houses along the canal


Red Light District Amsterdam
One of the classics: the red light district of Amsterdam by night, 90% tourists, 10%...

boats AmsterdamHouses and boats...charming

Amsterdam Centraal
Amsterdam Central Station - boats, trams, trains qand bikes...

bike parking Amsterdama lot of bikes.....

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