Amsterdam …. The Venice of the North in July 2003.

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We had a trip with Scenic Tours in 2013 as our Trip 10 from July 8 – July 22. We saw Amsterdam for two days then a river cruise for 14 days from Amsterdam to Budapest on the Rhine river.  See this post. Particularly see the U_Tube post where it says at the start: Join us on our European river cruises for a truly all-inclusive journey along some of the world’s most historic waterways. We then personally caught a train to Prague (six hours), stayed for two days, and then we flew home via Singapore after 3.5 weeks.

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Amsterdam

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Amsterdam (/ˈæmstərdæm/, UK also /ˌæmstərˈdæm/,[5][6] Dutch: [ˌɑmstərˈdɑm] (listen)) is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands with a population of 872,680[7] within the city proper, 1,558,755 in the urban area[8] and 2,480,394 in the metropolitan area.[9] Found within the province of North Holland,[10][11] Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the “Venice of the North“, attributed by the large number of canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amsterdam was founded at the Amstel, that was dammed to control flooding, and the city’s name derives from the Amstel dam.[12] Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, and became the leading centre for finance and trade.[13] In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sloten, annexed in 1921 by the municipality of Amsterdam, is the oldest part of the city, dating to the 9th century.

If you are interested in Amsterdam, see the Contents in Wickapedia:

1 History

2 Geography

3 Demographics

4 Cityscape and architecture

5 Economy

6 Culture

7 Sports

8 Politics

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Photos of our two days in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a rich architectural history.

Building built in 1695.

The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sloten, annexed in 1921 by the municipality of Amsterdam, is the oldest part of the city, dating to the 9th century.

Details on rich architectural history of Amsterdam ….. a 1614 building.

Harriet, my wonderful wife in the entry of one of the old buildings. She just loves ancient history.

There were many pots of flowers on canal edges. These gave a soft, tranquil outline to the precise man-made structures. The occasional tree has the same effect.

An old horse – drawn carriage in current use, demonstrating transport before vehicles were invented.

From: Explore Amsterdam

Overloaded with adorable canals and bridges, Amsterdam brings the charm from its picturesque canals and bridges to its historic homes, Amsterdam is a full-blown fairytale. The brightly-coloured bicycles and tulip stands around town don’t hurt either. Must-see sights include the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, and the world’s only floating flower market. Rent a bike and join thousands of locals peddling around. Other visitors might want to linger in the local coffee shops, which is just a normal part of the city’s landscape.

Building built in 1571.

Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for Amsterdam’s treasure-packed museums, vintage-filled shops and hyper-creative drinking, dining and design scenes.

A man in the window adds a very human and warm dimension to the precise architecture.

This photo demonstrates the three ways in the flat terrain of Amsterdam. The three ways demonstrated here are trams, cars and bikes. As of 2017, 68% of traffic to and from work or school is by bike, and bikes account for 36 percent of all traffic movements in Amsterdam. Read Amsterdam: City of Bikes

Gardens give a soft, tranquil outline to the precise man-made structures.

A very old church in Amsterdam’s rich architectural history.

A lady making cheese in cheese factory.

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A formal garden we visited. The clipped hedges form an enclosed space for other informally growing plants.

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Inside a protected greenhouse …… the plants grow very luxuriantly.

Large and small shrubs screen off the garden from the outer world.

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