Sunday, 18 September 2011

i heart amsterdam – finale


It's time for my third and last, for now, 'I heart Amsterdam'-post. If you haven't read the first two then you'll find them here: part 1, part 2. In this post I'm sort of all over the place, yet in the same area; we could call it walking from the car and back again. We parked the car somewhere along the Stadhouderskade street by the Singelgracht canal, not far from the Rijksmuseum (yellow street on the map; you can park there for a whole day for about 25 €). The photos in the section above are taken in and around the street Lijnbaansgracht and the last one of that section by the small canal, Spiegelgracht, marked A on the map. It's such a lovely street, like most streets are in Amsterdam.

In the photo section below you'll see the green area in the bottom-right corner of the map, except for the houseboat, that one was on the Prinsengracht canal.


The last section of photos below was taken at the end of our day. We had already covered the 9 Straatjes district where we enjoyed good food and coffee. After walking along the Singel and enjoying drinks we walked along various streets and finally took a different route to the car. We were walking on a street called Kleine Gartmanplantsoen when I saw a sign in one window that said coffee to go. I was sold! It was in a building called De Balie, which could be called a cultural centre or something like that (top-left corner on the map). We got takeaway latte at the Grand Café, a really nice place, and were on the way out when hubby spotted that poster of the film When the Raven Flies (1984). It's an Icelandic Viking classic directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, called Hrafninn flýgur in Icelandic. There's no way escaping one's roots, is there? Your home country will follow you wherever you go. wink


It seems fitting to end this post with bicycles. There are plenty of those in Amsterdam, believe me! I took these from the car – love the colour of the last one.

I hope you're all enjoying a fine Sunday!

photo credit: Lisa Hjalt

17 comments:

  1. I´ve been wanting to go to Amsterdam for ages, it´s not that far from Sweden... Your pics make me even more eager..! :-)

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  2. Love it- Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities too- I look forward to taking my kids there.

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  3. I loved this! And that bike....oh that bike. I wish there was a bicycle culture in more cities...it seems so romantic yet practical at the same time. I would add a basket to the one you photographed, to carry fresh bread and wine to my little canal view apartment.

    Hope you are enjoying the rest of your Sunday!

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  4. I love all the houseboats, and bicycles. They just speak Amsterdam.

    I'm a little sad these have come to an end. I love living vicariously through all your photos. :)

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  5. Oh Amsterdam I need to visit you!!!

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  6. Goorgeous - haven't been for years - these take me straight back - thanks for sharing :) Have a sunny day,
    Axx

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  7. I just love all the architectural details on the buildings, nice post!

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  8. A beautiful, charming city, lovely pictures, Lisa:)

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  9. Lovely post Lisa. I love that first photo - gorgeous. We'd love to visit Amsterdam one day...I like that it is really a great bike city and its an easy way to get around.

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  10. OK, Lisa, this was the last sign that I really have to start thinking of an Amsterdam escape. Gorgeous! And you've made me curious about the movie too. xoxo
    PS: any chance to share what you've received in that Amazon package last week? :)

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  11. You have done a fantastic photo album. i am glad you enjoyed so much amsterdam. Have a nice week ;-)

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  12. awesome pictures!! I looove amsterdam!!

    like your post!

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  13. I love these pictures! Especially the ones that show the beautiful architecture! And that last picture of the bicycle is so perfect - I love it!

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  14. Lisa, I loved to have seen Amsterdam through your eyes!! Its beautiful to have a foreign person give a look of how they see the beauty of Amsterdam :) It makes me keep in mind to appreciate the city more and go there more often.. Thanks :)
    p.s. love the new blog color. Very Fall;)

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  15. I heart Amsterdam too!!!

    Reese
    http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
    http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

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