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Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... times in the road. In this city there was almost no sidewalk because the bike lanes took up all the space, if in their way they will run you over as well as motorcycles and scooters. Cars are much nicer. I would have preferred to travel on the canals via bus boats because canals connect the entire city making it quite beautiful. Unfortunately, the canals are not the cleanest because they are lined with mud and bikes rusting away. 18,000 bikes get pulled out ...
It was a walking tour of Amsterdam that we did today. Lovely warm day and Amsterdam is a flat and beautiful city. The canals are lovely and there are bicycles everywhere.
First we saw Anne Frank's House which was very sad and very well done. Of course it made me very sad to remember how papa escaped from Austria and how lucky he was to get eventually to Australia. We ...
A Late start today at 10:00, after our early rise yesterday. The weather's not brilliant as we head off through the streets of Amsterdam to see a diamond cutting demonstration at Gassan Diamonds. Diamonds are all cut by hand, using cast iron disks embedded with diamond dust, and olive oil to pull the diamond dust away from the cut surface. We were also shown a number of cut diamonds, using different cuts with different number of surfaces and shown how the light bounces around to make ...
... I did find several of Van Gogh’s sketches that I enjoyed a lot. His painting looks good from far away, but as I approached, I noticed more and more details that bothered me. Maybe that is the allure of his art; I’m not sure.
After Van Gogh we ate lunch and went North towards our hostel and the central station where our riverboat tour was to depart from. It was an hour boat ride, that attempted to convey the history of the ...
... around Amsterdam, and couldn't really get a good handle on it - we weren't sure whether we liked it or not.... It was sort of busy and bustling, charming, and scenic, but old and dirty, and certainly a young-person's city, probably because of its liberal drug and sex laws - We were walking along a little street and Treas suddenly looked as if she was about to have a fit of some sort.....her mouth gaped and she spluttered a couple of times, and I followed her eyes ...
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