Tag Archives: Amsterdam

Train to Paris

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Here’s a shot of what Rotterdam looks like:

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What Rotterdam looks like.

Don’t worry. The city is much bigger than this photo might imply.

Wondering what Harry Potter ads look like in French? I thought you might, and here you go:

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“Épique et captivant”

See? I’m awesome like that.

I was actually wondering how they get all those train cars to stick together. Apparently this is where they apply the glue:

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Smear it here.

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Dutch Countryside

Thursday, 25 August 2011

On my last day in Amsterdam, I rented a bicycle to explore the countryside outside of Amsterdam.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

As you can see, the bike paths ran along the top of the dykes – a ready-made network for an amazing series of bike paths.

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The Dutch countryside.

Rough-horsing:

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The Dutch countryside.

For about sixty seconds, as I cycled along this stretch, a swooping songbird flew alongside, diving for insects along the side of the dyke. It was an absolutely magical experience and made me marvel at what it must be like to fly with the birds. Probably an absolutely magical experience, I decided.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

Dykes on the left, water on the right:

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

I found a nook here, on top of the dyke, and sat and wrote postcards for a while:

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

How’s this for a backyard?

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A sweet backyard.

I turned around at the small town of Spaarndam, which dates back to the 13th century, but was made famous by the fictional story of the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dyke: Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, published in 1865.

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Spaarndam

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Spaarndam

Have you ever seen a memorial to a symbolic fictional character? I have!

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Spaarndam

I ate my dinner in Spaarndam, too. So this is what Spaarndamese food looks like:

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Spaarndamese food

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Spaarndam

Windmills!

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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So Formal!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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XXX

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Magic

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

If you want some magic mushrooms, you can get them here:

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A magical place.

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Alley

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

A crowded alley in the Red Light District, with people perusing the goods:

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The Red Light District

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Booth

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hats!!

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Hats!!

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Tulips

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Holland is famous for its tulips, and you can buy your flower bulbs there if you like. This is Flower Row, otherwise known as Flowerpalooza and Flowerwood.

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Flower Row

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Flower Row

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Flower Row

On the other side of the street were a variety of shops, including several cheese shops with free samples. Finding something free in Amsterdam was a bit like finding alien life on Mars. You know it’s theoretically possible, but you also know it’s seriously unlikely outside of the movies.

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Rembrandthuis

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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The Rembrandthuis

I could have gone in, but there didn’t seem much point. He’s already dead.

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Advice

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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Some advice

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More Architecture

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Beautiful buildings abound in Amsterdam.

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I loved the architecture.

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I loved the architecture.

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I loved the architecture.

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I loved the architecture.

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I loved the architecture.

I can’t say that I like it, but it certainly is distinctive:

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I loved the architecture.

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