We just returned a week ago from Amsterdam. This trip was our first time to travel into Europe, and I must say we picked the perfect spot for first-timers. The culture was laid-back, the people were friendly, and the best part – we could walk everywhere. No subways. No buses. Just our own two feet.
We stayed for four nights in this charming city and spent equal time walking along the canals and exploring the city on our own as we did on the usual things that attract tourists. This granted me plenty of time for sitting on cafe patios and people watching, which is my favorite thing to do no matter what country I’m in.
This trip was the ideal way to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary and I have so much to share from it, but I am currently in that mind-boggling stage which occurs after every vacation we take where I have to sort through photos from four different cameras – organizing, deleting, editing, and so on. So for today, I have photography potpourri to offer – a fancy way of saying, here’s a hodgepodge of snapshots of Amsterdam. Enjoy.
Fun Facts About Amsterdam
(Courtesy of Captain Pim on our Backroads Canal Boat Tour)
Amsterdam was named after the dam built in the River Amstel.
More bicycles live in Amsterdam than people, contributing to a true bicycle culture.
Amsterdam has 165 canals with a combined length of over 60 miles.
Prostitution is, indeed, legal.
Because homes in Amsterdam are built so narrow, furniture has to be delivered into flats via an outdoor pulley system and brought in through front windows.
There are 2,500 houseboats in Amsterdam. (And one day I’m going to live in one of them!)
Around twenty people per year drown in the canals. An overwhelming percentage of these are due to drunken men relieving themselves in the canals and toppling over the edge.
86% of people in Amsterdam speak English as well as Dutch. Most are actually trilingual.
And finally, if you are one of the folks who require a good morning brew to get going, it’s important to know that over here, a coffee shop is where you buy soft drugs, like marijuana. (But you can get coffee, too!) A coffee house is where you buy your coffee, sans Puff the Magic Dragon. Just to avoid any confusion. :)
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