Amsterdam Canal Scene
My friend, TrekCapri, is planning a trip to Amsterdam in November. I love Holland. I have had the opportunity to live for short periods in both Den Haag and Leiden as part of my former job. My first opportunity was in 1990 when we were opening the office in Den Haag. The staff was small and I was responsible for hiring a permanent technical support engineer for the office. It was a lifetime dream to be able to live and work in Europe and I never thought it would be possible. It was from September until January which is an interesting time to be in Holland. The weather changes dramatically from hour to hour. Winds funnel down off the North Seas and swirl the clouds. The streets were lined with Sycamore or Plane trees. The leaves covered the sidewalks and always made for a noisy walk. One day the leaves were gone. The city had waited until all the leaves were down before coming by and sweeping them up.
The days grew short. I had not realized how far north Holland was located. By December, the sun was not coming up until almost 9am and was sitting by 4pm. But it was beautiful and so diverse. I hope to give some tips on visiting The Netherlands in the next few posts.
Meanwhile, here are some photos of a quick walk around the canal area in Amsterdam. I had a 5 hour layover in Amsterdam on my way to Nice so I took the train in from Schiphol. It takes about 20 minutes and it is quite easy. From Centraal Station, I walked up Damrak in the morning. It is pretty quiet in Amsterdam until about 10am. Workers were rushing to and fro and it happened to be garbage day but otherwise not a lot of traffic. From the Dam I walked over towards Prinsengracht which is one of my favorite canals. I walked towards Leidsestraat and then heading towards the Bloemenmarkt (Flower market) along Singel. This took about 1 hour to walk and I was back in the airport by 10am.
Looking back down Damrak. Centraal Station is in the distance. Typical tram, lights and bike path