First Time to Amsterdam

This morning, we got up and took a couple of local trains to Gare du Nord and boarded our Thalys train to Amsterdam Centraal.  It was a quick three hour ride to the Netherlands.  We took a taxi to our lovely hotel and then rode the tram back to the old city.  We grabbed a late breakfast before meeting our guide, Rob, in Dam Square.  We learned so much about the history and culture of this beautiful city.  The architecture is amazing and the canals are so charming.

We saw Rembrandt’s home with the red shutters…

and the many “coffee” shops of the Red Light District.

This pretty courtyard is housing for female students of Amsterdam University and has a 15 year waiting list.  And I loved this leaning house!

I have to say Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities - it is so beautiful and has such a good vibe.  People seem so happy and relaxed.  It was a great day and our guide was fantastic.  

I wish we had taken more pictures, but we were really busy soaking it all in.  We still have tomorrow here, so I will be sure to try to capture more of this place.  

© Knstrong 2013