Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Amsterdam

This past weekend I took a trip to Holland, the city of Amsterdam.  This is the first photo I took in this city, everywhere looks like a postcard.
 Cantal Amsterdam and the ring around central Amsterdam is supported by both roads and canals.  As far as I can tell, boats are a normal form of transportation here.
 Another aspect of Amsterdam's culture is coffeeshops or what we might call in the US as discrepancies.
 Dam square is a large plaza in central Amsterdam.  This was my view as I walked up on Dam Square, simply beautiful.  This city was not really damage during World War 2, what you see if how it looked back in the day.
 They even made available horse carriages, again, just like Greenfield Village.
 Mass transit is also very easy to use in Amsterdam, but if you are planning on spending most of your time in the central area you can walk everywhere.  The trams are more for getting outside of central.
 People are everywhere and the people are making a mess.  Almost non-stop I saw people cleaning, sweeping and vacuuming the streets.  Even if a street was packed with people, the city workers would just turn the corner with one of those large vacuum cars and just assume people would figure out how to get out of the way.
 Very popular book store.
 I found a couple of camera shops in Amsterdam... and for the most part the stores were okay.  But near the American Book Center was a camera shop that had a Sigma 200-500 F2.8 APO EX DG, Nikon mount, telephoto lens for sale for 14999 euros.  I have only heard about this lens, kind of like a legend of Japanese technology that cost freaking $20000, but if you were paying with cash money, you could probably talk them down to a reasonable $17000.... but having undeclared cash money like that might (is) be illegal.
 Amsterdam has lots of foreign food too, including Mexican.  I checked, the Mexican food is on par with Poland, I would recommend passing on Mexican and going for a steakhouse.
 With the canals, everywhere looked like a postca...., oh I said that.
 Most shopping areas had balls of light hung over the street.
 This guy was cutting hard candy, at first I thought it was rhubarb.  But I had to investigate and he was kind enough to give me a sample, very good.
 View looking outside from the counter of an Irish bar.  Dublin is on my short list of places to visit.
 When I saw the reflection of light on the street from this building it reminded me of the painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.  Not to mention the photo from the Irish bar has reflection like Automat, maybe Hopper was painting Amsterdam.
 Italy street signs are usually attached to the side of a building or simply does not exist if no building is at the corner.  Amsterdam, street signs are anywhere, you need to look.
 Bike are a very normal form of transportation.  Every road has a bike lane and a (or two) car lanes.
 Me.  Shoot, you can see the shape of my passport through my pants.
 I'm getting use to signs like this as a way to find my way around.  I was heading in the direction of Rijksmuseum.
 I kind of thought the chandelier was an overkill.
 Amsterdam Central Station, from downtown to airport is kind of no problem.