EXPLORING AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

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THE LYME POET @lymepoetMay 2018 · 4 min read

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Each time I had a stopover in Amsterdam I was either too tired or in a rush to jump into another airplane. I never had the time to visit the city.

I must have been passing through this airport at least twelve times until I decided it was time to spend some time outside, go explore the city.

What was different this time?

We had a way longer layover between the flights.

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We landed at Schiphol around 6 am after a six hours long flight.

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We had six hours to kill before our flight back home.

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Thus I told myself it was time to do some exploring.

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Amsterdam is only 17 km away from the airport.

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The railway station was right in the airport, at a lower level.

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It took us about 15 minutes to get to the centre of the city.

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I can't remember exactly the price of the ticket. It must have been around 4 or 5 euros, not more.

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We got of at Amsterdam Central station and walked around, enjoying the view.

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Given that it was February, the air was a bit brisk, but bearable.

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What I neglected to mention was that we got there on a Sunday morning. Way too early, if you ask me. As most of the cafes and shops were closed at that time.

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Also there were not a lot of people on the streets at that time, as if the city was deserted.

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On some narrow cobbled streets, we saw the aftermath of the parties that took place the previous night and just ended a few hours back.

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Despite the cold and the piles of garbage back waiting to be picked up, we loved it. Or at least I did.

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My son was anxious to have a hot chocolate somewhere inside.

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While we were strolling down the streets, I told myself that Amsterdam was a place where I would have liked to stay at least two or three days, during summer with my friends.

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Later on when the cafes started to open, we stopped and had a nice breakfast, then we walked a bit more.

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We loved getting a tiny vibe of what it meant to be there.

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My son was fascinated by the boats and the amount of bicycles on the streets.

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When he heard that people actually live on those boats, he said he wanted to move to Amsterdam.

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I agreed with him because I would not mind living there a few months.

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This was the smallest car I have ever seen.

I imagine you can't have a problem with finding parking for this one, given its size.

Did I mention it was an electric car? Yup! I loved it!

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Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Please leave your feedback in the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts!

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This is very nice. Thanks for sharing @lymepoet
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You're welcome! ;0)


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I love Amsterdam, these pictures really reminded me of my past visits, Thanks for sharing. I visited twice when I was younger, once at the age of 17 and later when I was 22. It looks like you had an awesome time :-)


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We did have a nice time in there despite the cold and early hour. ;0)


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Its been a long time since I visited (2004 I think), but your pictures bring back some memories. Lots of bicycles springs to mind!


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Glad you enjoyed seeing them. We did count plenty of bicycles in there.


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Its such a beautiful country and city thanks for sharing it brought back nice memories of my visit there


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Beautiful indeed! Can't wait to go back!


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Wow amazing pictures. One of my office colleague lives there. I have heard a lot about the city from him. He used to show me and explain few things through Google maps. Your pictures are amazing. Nice post.


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Your colleague is a lucky person to live in such a cool place. Thanks for stopping by!


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I just love looking at the pictures of your travels!!! LOVE IT!

what an absolutely gorgeous location!!! I'm glad that you were able to get out there and explore!

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Thank you! Love having you here ;0)


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I love visiting amsterdam, I must have visited half a dozen times now, but like you say february and 6am might not be the best time. There is so much to see, the reason why many of the houses are so tall and narrow is they used to charge a tax on the width but not the height so the houses are taller than they are width. Great post.


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I imagined there was a reason behind it for the tall buildings. Thanks for explaining that to me.


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Amsterdam looks like such a beautiful city. I would love to spend a couple days there exploring the city. Thanks for sharing


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Glad you enjoyed it! I am looking forward to going back there for a few days as well.


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Loved that you took the time to share so many photos of your adventure. Beautiful! :)


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I had some of the photos from this trip on my phone and because I ran out of memory space I finally decided to write about it.


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Oh I always love Amsterdam, I love the Netherlands, feel so much at home there. My grandparents live 3 hours away from Amsterdam, so I also pass that city around 2 times a year.;)


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That's so cool you pass by twice a year!


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