Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ABC Wednesday: A is for Amsterdam

 Grace was at Amsterdam for an international conference in early July.  We transited through the city several times before and I have made an extensive visit about 20 years ago.  This was the first time Grace really visited and stayed in Amsterdam.  This is the famous Dam Square.

 The devil was not asking for Grace's soul, he was asking for money, since Grace took a picture of him.

 I am glad that Grace did not go into the building!!  She only took a picture of it.

 A very interesting wall decoration!

 What a contrast between old and new wall decoration!  Can you see the Picasso's influence in these paintings.  Of course, Amsterdam has a world famous Picasso museum.

Beautiful houses, I think these have neck- or bell- gables.   In the old days, the merchants used the lifts on top of the gables to haul merchandise to the storage at the loft.

What a beautiful ornate archway!

 How can a trip to Amsterdam without a boat tour of the city's famous canal.  How I would also like to have a house boat and cruise on the water with a little boat like this.

 Looking at the beautiful houses along the canal, one cannot not admire the once domination of world ocean by the Dutch merchants.

The sun was down and it was time for Grace to go back to the hotel and pack up for home.

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Gigi Ann said...

Thank you for the lovely tour of Amsterdam. I hope she didn't pay the devil a cent... ; )

Jane and Chris said...

What a beautiful city (except the scary devil!).
Jane x

Roger Owen Green said...

Damn, he's a scary dude, but it's lovely otherwise.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

An amazing tour of a beautiful country.
The devil was more than scary to me...great photo, but too creepy.

Kathy said...

I loved visiting your blog. Your pictures make me want to visit Amsterdam!

Jama said...

A gorgeous town! Thanks for sharing it.

Jo Bryant said...

Stunning shots - I lived in Holland for a few years and you have really captured its essence.

Anonymous said...

Had been there long back and had the time of my life. Its a lovely and happening place.

The guys costume is the one from the hellraiser series I think

Pheno, ABC Wednesday Team

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good photos from Amsterdam.


Elizabeth said...

What stunning images - thank you for sharing them. x

LibrarySnake said...

Great pictures!


onangelwings said...

What a great bunch of photos. I have always wanted to go to Amsterdam

Arija said...

A splendid visit but the fellow with all those nails in his does does not appeal to me at all, I just ask myself why?
Love the baroque houses and all the wonderful museums in Amsterdam as well as The Rembrandt Huis. Great to see these photos and what a posh hotel!

Vicki said...

Great photos! I especially like the one of the doorway. Thanks for sharing the sites you have seen :)


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