Amsterdam Highlights

Amsterdam is a great city break travelling with a camera for museums, art, wandering the canals, eating, drinking and shopping. Some beautiful parks too. Watch out for the bicycles, the main transport of Amsterdam – it is very easy to cross their path as there are so many of them!  But, best of all, excellent for people watching…

Some highlights of my visit.

Part of ‘The Night Watch’ statues which depict Rembrandt’s famous painting of the same name.  Well worth a stop in Rembrandt Square to take a look.  Here you will also find the oldest statue in Amsterdam, which is of this great artist. 

An amazing sculpture by Dutch artist Mark Manders – ‘Rokin Fountain’.  A great place to sit and people watch in Rokin Plein.  

Van Gogh wrote “What I think about my own work is that the painting of the peasants eating potatoes that I did in Nuenen is after all the best thing I did”. Get your Potato Eaters Crisps now! The Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of his work.  

Confucius said ‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall’.  Vondel Park is the largest in Amsterdam at 120 acres.  Over 10 millions people visit here each year.  A lovely place to wander.

De Gooyer Windmill in the city is the tallest wooden mill in the Netherlands and is registered as a National Monument.

German born diarist Anne Frank is one of the most talked about victims of the tragic Jewish Holocaust .  She famously documented her hiding in Amsterdam from1942 to 1944.  Visiting Anne’s house is a MUST visit when in the city.  

The statue of Eduard Douwes Dekker was interesting. After investigation, I found out Eduard was better known by his pen name Multatuli. A Dutch writer who is famous for his satirical novel Max Havelaar, which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies.

I travelled light, so no big DSLR for me this time.  All photographs were taken with my iPhone 7 and some edits in Snapseed.  So much easier than lugging around that heavy camera and laptop.

There are many great photograph opportunities on the plethora of canals.  

And finally, I love this shot.  Four friends visiting Amsterdam and taking the obligatory selfie that is a must these days!

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