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Friday, October 18, 2013

Amazing Amsterdam - via pictures and few words :)

Aloha,

Last month, I went to Amsterdam... and all I came back with was this dam hotel menu...




I had such an amazing time. What's funny is, I once lived about twenty minutes north of Amsterdam, in a small town of Monnickendam, but during this recent trip, I absolutely saw more of Amsterdam in ten days than I did in nearly two years.

(In defense of self, I was only nineteen and the only culture I knew had a lead singer called Boy George!)

The pictures are supposed to tell a 1,000 words, so I think I can write a book here.... (darn, I should have waited to post for NaNo :)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy... and can you just imagine living here as a writer.... sigh....


Well, OK, I suppose I could sit and write here...

The *only* Windmill I saw...

Does the restaurant & the other store offer each other discounts?

Dates from 1580... Wow... that's even older than Alex... :)

Obligatory Canal Boat on the Amstel River

"I have many secrets to share... just open my drawers" (obviously an Amsterdam piece of furniture :)

How much fun would it be to live on this street?

Picture taken before any Amstel was imbibed :)

One day, (after 1580), someone will see this and invent building blocks.

The "Arm Bridge" (and why not?)

Adds a new dimension to, "Honey, I think the rear tire needs some air..."

Depending on sobriety, one moves up or down the incline :)

A tour guide guides while the bikes wait to be biked

That's a funny looking vehicle... what?

The only Tulips I saw in Amsterdam :) 

Officer, trust me, the naked tourists went thataway :)

Sorry for the cheesy photo. (Thank you. Thank you for the applause. I'll be here all week.)

I am Lion. On the Dam Square. I shall roar.

Yeah, yeah, we know... the only clogs you saw on the trip...

Two awesome beers in one Irish pub...

Please, Mr. Tram Driver... Don't knock Jared down!

Gah, I *love* how vibrant Amsterdam is :)

The flag of Amsterdam... so is *that* the origin of you know...

So I couldn't find a windmill, clog or tulip, but I found another Irish pub...

Inside Mulligans - where I watched Holland and Ireland play during Italia '90 :)


My Dad on "his" bench in a town outside of Amsterdam

Dad and some guy who can't press the shutter and keep his eyes open at the same time :)





 Somebody decided to build a big AMSTERDAM



...And now, the dam tourists keep sitting on the letters.... eeeee, that's bad
 



28 comments:

R. Mac Wheeler said...


Loved the pix :-)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Wonderful pictures!
I've been to Amsterdam twice -- and both times for only 24 hours. (It was part of a tour.) Someday I want to go back when I can actually spend more time and enjoy myself!

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Awesome pictures, enjoyed looking at a place I've never been to.

Yvonne.

Melissa said...

Great pics! Yes, I *could* write there.

My favorite one (and probably yours, too) was the one with your dad. :)

Mark Koopmans said...

:-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, I'm not that ancient!
Where's the shot of you getting down from that e?
And now I know where the inventor of Legos probably lived.
Great photos, Mark! And hey, when you're nineteen, you don't think about taking in the scenery. Taking in some girls, yes, scenery, no.

Debra McKellan said...

Great pics! The Subway made me chuckle. That was like seeing KFC in Mexico.

Kat Sheridan said...

SUCH great photos! You know, Amsterdam was never high on my list of places to see, but suddenly now it is. I think their tourism department needs to hire you!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, Mark...

Great shots.... Like, Melissa, my fav. the one with you and your dad...

ALso the letter.LOL.

LOVE AMSTERDAM!!! Beautiful Country... NO excuse for age... YOU should've been more cultural at 19... You're a writer.... Culture starts at sight...

At least you appreciate int now. Better late than never. LOL!

Kyra Lennon said...

Great shots! I've always wanted to go to Amsterdam!

Julie Flanders said...

I'm not sure which I love more - the pics or the captions. :D

Yolanda Renee said...

Thanks for the tour! Loved it, especially the cheesy one! LOL

So glad you had a wonderful time!

Julie Luek said...

Oh this was so fun! And your comments were funny. I want to go and drink lots and lots of beer. I'm so envious of the brews!

Elephant's Child said...

Wow, wow, and wow again. Thank you.

M.J. Fifield said...

Loved the pics, especially that cheesy one.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I see SubWay has made it's way over, lol! Loved the photos and commentary Mark. I'm thinking sunglasses would be wise when looking at the house of *building blocks* I love the pic of you and your dad. :-)

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Thanks for sharing the fantastic pictures, Mark! Looks like you had a great time. D

Liz Blocker said...

I love Amsterdam!! SO great to see so many familiar sights :) Looks like a fun trip.

klahanie said...

Human Mazza,

Dam, did I love that photo pictorial of Amsterdam.

It seems you had a bit of a get together with your dad. I did find it interesting that you have put up the photo of your clog collection! Very pretty, indeed.

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

Kirsten said...

Great shots and awesome captions!
Though I've spent a bit of time in Europe, I've never had a chance to visit Amsterdam. I would love to someday!

Elise Fallson said...

Love these pictures. Just awesome. :)

Cherie Colyer said...

Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing =)

Milo James Fowler said...

Did you take a paddleboat through the canals? I was there back in
'05 and thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere.

JJ said...

Circular reasoning: Why should I be jealous? Because I am!!!

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I love visiting these places through your eyes, Mark! You make it so much fun. Amsterdam looks beautiful.

Lynda R Young said...

wow, your photos make me want to visit again.

I love when I have visitors to Sydney because I get to see more of the city than I normally do. ;)

Deniz Bevan said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Nicole said...

Very cool pics! Makes me want to travel.

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