|Centraal Station, Amsterdam at sunset||The Kolksloot canal in Oostzaan. Note the windmill in the distance.|
A beautiful city with a fascinating history.
Excellent public transportation, including an easy train ride to/from Schiphol
Airport. I was particularly impressed with the architecture. Many
of the older buildings were built at a time when
taxation was determined by the building's width. Thus, they
were built tall and narrow, with correspondingly steep and narrow staircases.
The fronts tend to slope towards the street, and have a sturdy horizontal
beam protruding from near the top. These features facilitate moving of
large items (like a couch or piano) which would not fit in the narrow staircases.
|Couch being moved into a typically narrow building||The Begijnhof, dating
from the 14th century, used to house devout lay-women who did religious
work for the
adjacent nunnery. It remains today as a tranquil courtyard surrounded by beautiful buildings.
|The Royal Palace, located in Dam Square||Trams at Centraal Station|
|The Damrak, a tourist strip of gift shops, fast food, and money changers, looking back toward Centraal Station||This stand sells small herring sandwiches, or broodjes|
the canals of Amsterdam
I once heard Haarlem, the capital of
the province Noord-Holland, described as "all the Amsterdam charm, with
none of the hustle". Just a 20-minute ride from there via train,
and well worth the visit.
|This small, flat city is perfect for bike riding||Drawbridge over a canal|
|A vine grows over Pieter Straat||A corner of the Grote Markt (Great Market), the centre of town|
DEN HAAG (THE HAGUE)
The capital of the Netherlands, and home
to, among other things, the International Court of Justice and the Dutch
|Pedestrian mall, Den Haag||Christmas decorations on this busy street|
Last updated on 01/28/2000
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