Snapshots of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

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.

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

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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Snapshots Of Amsterdam: A Photo Series

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  • Ava @ My Meena Life
    April 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Great photos! I was recently in Amsterdam and I loved it, too.

  • Midori
    July 13, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Amsterdam is beautiful! But if you still have time for some more discovering, I recommend you Rotterdam and Delft! Check here my favorite spots there +

  • Erika
    August 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I love the photos you got and the brief review post-vacation! Amsterdam is one of those places that has such mixed reviews, but I absolutely loved it! So much that I went back a few times when I lived not too far from it, in France. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent a lot of my time in Dutch-influenced places, but I thought it was charming and clean and had good food. I’m excited to see more of your perspective. And happy 10 years! What an awesome way to celebrate! :)

  • Alyx
    August 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    These are great pictures! And… definitely love the last little fact. :) hahaha

  • Jo
    August 22, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    You got some great shots, makes me want to go back for a quick visit

  • Sara Louise
    August 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    You took some great photos! I can’t wait to see the rest :)

  • Robyn
    August 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    I went to Amsterdam last winter and just love the city- great for a weekend break! Thank you for popping by my blog!

  • Gina
    August 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Wonderful photos! It looks like you had a great time. I am looking forward to eventually getting there and seeing all that there is to see. Loved getting a glimpse at it from your pictures. Loved all the Amsterdam facts… who knew re: coffee shop/coffee house… very important information you are providing! It is probably best that I have waited to go and visit… I need to gather more information ~ I may have ended up in the wrong place lol!!! :)

  • Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever
    August 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Great post, loving all these pictures!! Beautiful! I like to sit and people watch too. A houseboat… sounds so nice! Would love to travel to Amsterdam :)

  • Mrs. Match
    August 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Beautiful! I always assumed Amsterdam was sort of dirty. Is it bad that I chuckled about the fact that drunken men pee in the canal and then fall in?

  • Quyen Nguyen
    August 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Wow, this definitely takes me back to my time there a few years ago. Thank you!

  • Jay
    August 21, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    So glad you enjoyed your first trip to Europe and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate 10 years!

    We keep meaning to get to Amsterdam but it usually gets put on the backburner as we figure it’s such a hub that we’ll eventually get there. We’ve been talking about making it a priority in the Spring – I’d love to see all of those tulip fields!

  • rorybore
    August 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    beautiful pictures! just stunning how you have captured various aspects of the city, the culture, the landscape and the culture. Now my one night in Ottawa hotel for 10th seems really lame!! HA. but still… kids, right? :)

    good to know about the coffee house/shops. I do need a really good strong brew to get me going in the morning….but not anything “on the side”. LOL

  • Emmymom
    August 21, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Will you come with me on my next vacation and be my vacation photographer! Seriously wonderful pictures.

    I knew that about the furniture pulley thing, saw it on a how do they do it show on the science channel that my son likes to watch; definitely did not know that about the coffee shop, lol pretty funny.

    Happy Anniversary!!

  • Connie Weiss
    August 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM


    So glad that you cleared up that Coffee Shop business!

  • Stacie Stamper
    August 21, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I feel like I am just world travelling through your scrapbook. So fun to see what you are seeing.

  • Kerry
    August 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I love learning about new places and Amsterdam was one place I knew nothing about except I had always heard of the red light district!? Your pictures are beautiful as always and I bet you guys had such a lovely time exploring! That is one thing I have always been envious of; the distance from country to country is nothing when you live in the UK. You could fit all of those countries inside Australia…see how spread out and far away we are? So where are we off to next??

  • Shaylynn
    August 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I just.. I just need to go with you on all your adventures. I wish I were joking:)

    I however only think of A Fault In Our Stars when I think of Amsterdam. And I feel the need to read it all over again, granted I know so much more went on there, and uh.. it’s fictional:)

  • Natalie
    August 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Wow what wonderful photos and fun facts! I have been through the airport at Amsterdam but I didn’t get to tour the city :(

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    August 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Beautiful photos! More bicycles than people? So I guess that means that people have more than one?! Good to know about the different between coffee house and shop!!

  • Becky
    August 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Stumbled upon your blog and look forward to following along on your adventures!

    Your pictures of Amsterdam are beautiful! It is such an enchanting city! I visited for the first time in May and can’t wait to go back.

  • stephanie
    August 20, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    beautiful pictures! and noted, coffee house is the place to be. no puff that magic dragon hahaha

  • Tammy Chrzan
    August 20, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    I love the way you write, and now I have that song “Puff the magic dragon” in my head… hang on… Let me just sing it…
    Puff the Magic dragon lived by the Sea…
    Just kidding…
    This totally has to be on my “TO go” list now…
    You are absolutely gorgeous and your daughter is too cute for words!
    Have a great week

  • Jenn
    August 20, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Love your pictures. Amsterdam looks like a great city and I really love the bike culture :)

  • Nicole
    August 20, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    I had actually heard that fact about the “coffee shops” in Amsterdam before! And what a gorgeous place…it looks really clean and beautiful. I can’t wait to see more pics!

  • Erin P
    August 20, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    hahaha…love the explanation of the coffee stores! :)

    Looks like you guys had a great time! I was impatiently waiting for this post after seeing your snippets on Instagram.