Holland | Travel Photography

30th April 2015

5 Days in Amsterdam

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of
freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”

My first thoughts when I arrived in Amsterdam were how can a city be so free
spirited and liberal, but at the same time, be so organised and efficient.
Walking around the streets, it almost feels surreal to find yourself crossing a
block where red windows, ‘coffee shops’, a church and an elementary school
share the same space.

The city’s diversity makes it easy for explorers of all types to fully indulge in
its culture, history and atmosphere. For every turning you make, you are
exposed to a plethora of completely different experiences.

It’s hard to believe that less than an hour away from London there’s is a city
that has no traffic, a museum quarter, Europe’s best pancake houses, a
maze of canals and thousands of bicycles. It is easy to get around, and to
happily lose yourself. The transportation system is so effective, that you are
able to get out of the city for an afternoon in the most beautiful tulip garden
on the planet – the Keukenhof – and get back before dinner time.

Hoteliers will treat you like family, and locals will smile as you pass by, as it
seems that friendliness is one of the most common attributes of the Dutch.
My advice for 5 days in Amsterdam; pick your most comfy
shoes to do everything on foot and have pancakes for breakfast
every day.