Thursday, September 27, 2007

Amsterdam: A Photo Journey: Thursday Thirteen... Attempt 7

Thirteen photos from My trip to Amsterdam

I just bought a scanner, I've been meaning to do that for quite a long time, since I'm really lazy it took this long. Anyway I wanted to scan some pictures. As I was going through my album I decided to do a photologue of my Amsterdam trip in 2004. I just love that city, it was tough to stick to 13 but I had to as this Thursday 13 not 130. So I picked some of my favorites. We were a group of around 10 friends and to say that we had a ball would be an understatement

1. Dam Square is the physical center of the city and embodies the essence of Amsterdam. You can sit for hours and watch, there are people walking, cycles, trams, buses, cars and taxis on the same road which is hundreds of years old.

2. The Royal Palace on Dam Square. Jacob van Campen designed this building as a city hall, which it was until 1808, when Napoleon's brother Louis Bonaparte ruled Holland for 5 years. He thought the building fit for a king, and ever since this has been the official palace for the reigning queen or king of the Netherlands.

3. Leidseplein is a small square, with numerous bars and and street performers; everything from jugglers and fire-eaters to percussionists, mime players and clowns. If you look at the street lamp you'll see one acrobat

4. Rembrandtplien, which at night becomes quite the hotspot!

5. At Vondelpark which is the largest park of the city, close to the Leidseplein and the big museums. Filled with people, both visitors and locals. It's really beautiful

6. Getting on one of the trams that takes you from one part of the city to another. They are adorable.

7. Sitting outside the Van Gogh museum - that was such a trip. One of my dreams come true. Unfortunately the 250-room Rijksmuseum,[the one in the background], which contains a handful of exquisite Vermeers and one of the best Rembrandt collections in the world, was closed for renovation:(

8. Enjoying a cold beer

9. I think this is Jordaan - an easygoing and peaceful area, with lots of bars, restaurants and interesting little shops.

10. The canals are one of the major attractions of the 'Venice of the North'. They look so pretty and at night when the lights are on and the bridges are illuminated, the entire place looks enchanted. The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel, and of course there are numerous smaller canals.

11. Don't remember where this is - just remember that I had gone shopping .

12. We ate a lot - it was fun sitting and watching people pass by!

13. This was the Dance Valley - a dance festival attended by around 40-50000 people. It's hardcore fun!

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keeyit said...

So nice to go for travelling.. I hope I have the chance also...

Titania Starlight said...

I want to visit Europe so bad. There is so much to see. I have quite a few countries onmy list I have to see. You all look like you had a great time from the big smiles. :o)

Anonymous said...

cool! looks like u got the hang of ur scanner!i'd like to go sometime too!

Rolando said...

Some beautiful pics of you beautiful people. And the background pics are nice too. :)

WaterLearner said...

Nice Amsterdam trip! I spent a few years in Holland, Utrecht. A town near Amsterdam.

Nice pics!!

Mariuca said...

Amber! I love pic number 2, you look awesome! Oh me too been planning to get a scanner for ages now, must get one soon!!!

Blur Ting said...

Love all your pictures! The one sitting under the tree is so lovely. You look like a princess in those fairytales...very pretty.

Now that you have a scanner, go scan more pictures to post on your blog :-)

Amel's Realm said...

LOVE the pics, Amber...but especially you. You're a VERY GORGEOUS woman he he he...

Anyway, Amber, you've been tagged. This is an easy and fun meme, so check it out:

Desktop Meme

QUASAR9 said...

Amazingly diverse and cosmopolitan city. Busy & bustling, Love the way there always seems to be a concert in the park

Amazing Gracie said...

What a wonderful place! I love the canals...
I'm running late, as you can see but you might like my TT: it's about cats...


nice place Amsterdam is.
It's on my list of must visit places.
One of my friends studies there.
Maybe I'll go before he comes back.

Random Magus said...

It's the best, I hope you do too. For the past couple of years I haven't gone anywhere because of college. Dying to go somewhere.

titania starlight:
I haven't been to France and really want to go especially after seeing Blur ting's gorgeous pictures from her recent trip.

Have been going crazy. Between Facebook, Blogger, scanner and a 1000 pictures I'm ignoring studies, but come Saturday, college starts again :(

Thank you - it was an awesome trip.

I would love to live there. The people are so friendly everyone speaks English so there is no language barrier, they have no hang ups. My friends husband is teaching in Rotterdam so might go to visit her. Fingers crossed.

Thank you. I've been scanning relentlessly :)

Blur Ting:
I must get a camera like yours though. The pictures on your travel posts are out of this world.

Amel's Realm:
Thank you so much. I'll check it out. I have to do Mariuca's meme too so will do it together ;)

It is. For the next Thursday 13 I'll scan my pictures of my trip to England and Scotland. That was fun too. Unfortunately I seem to have lost my Spain pictures, I remember in Barcelona there always being a concert on La Ramblas.

Amazing Gracie:
Oh Cool. I'll check it out and add you to the links in mine. :)

You MUST visit it's a lot of fun!

B said...

I love pictures

and you should be a model if your are not one already!

Kyle said...

Holland; the land of beer drinkers, hell raisers and Tiesto!

meleah rebeccah said...

Gah. I cant wait to TRAVEL one day.

PS....You are absolutely beautiful my darling.

The Real Mother Hen said...

The Dance Valley must be WILD! I bet nothing beats smoking pot in the legal joint and then screaming and dancing with 40-50,000 people! :)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

You saw so much! I was in Amsterdam this year, but just had time for a coach and boat journey round.

Mark said...

Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Random Magus said...

Thanks - used to once. Not anymore

I LOVE Tiesto. He came to Dubai and it was so much fun.

meleah rebeccah:
I am dying to travel - wouldn't it be fun if the blogging gals could make a group and plan a vacation together.

The Real Mother Hen:
It was incredible - really was. In the night they had this beautiful fireworks and laser light show. When you were standing on the hill top you looked below and all you could see were people. It was fantastic.

Jean-Luc Picard:
It's just such a charming city with the friendliest people.

I really did. It was an amazing vacation made even more special because I was there with my very good friends.

TED said...

Neat. I'd like to travel more. Currently I'm in the Army though so I travel, but only where I'm sent for the most part. Ha! I've never been anywhere in Europe though. I need to venture to that part of the world. I think I'd enjoy it.

Like the pictures, post more sometime.

Ciao for now. *squeeze* (=-

kellypea said...

What a beautiful photologue! I'll have to add Amsterdam to our list of places to visit. You remind me that I should be doing the same with respect to making collections of old photos. I have so many saved that are just sitting in boxes.

Rambler said...

oh that looks amazing, hope you had a rocking time :)

derick said...

great pix---the city leaves a lasting impression on all ( or most) who visit.
it is one of the most enchanting and magic cities one could visit day and night---thanks for the reminder
take care derick
ps thnx for postcards on c.o.f.

HollyGL said...

I love those pictures, Amber. Absolutely beautiful. AND I love that necklace you're wearing sitting back against the tree.

You all look so relaxed and content! Of course, who wouldn't be in that setting... :)

insanity-suits-me (Dawn) said...

I've tagged you with the Desktop meme... optional of course!

Ricardo said...

No pics from the red light district? ;- )

But seriously, these are wonderful and it reminds me that I really need to have a big vacation one day. These places are beautiful and I'm sure the beer there is excellent. I envy you.

Amel's Realm said...

Btw, Amber, go and claim your award here:

Totally Fab Award

the domestic minx said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Where were the ones of you in one of the notorious cafes??

I love reliving my holidays through my photos!!!
I just adore to travel!


NIHAL said...

Seeing these pictures makes me wanna just hop on a plane and just fly there (ya, right ... if the fare was around $9.95 *he he he*)

Anyway the closest I ever got to Amsterdam was during a transit at their airport when me and my mom were heading to Switzerland, and that was ages ago, way back in the year 1988.

But I guess holidaying in Europe is definitely something everyone would truly enjoy.

Gotta agree with Marzie, I would give pic no #2 a top 10 ranking for being just lovely :)

Sarcasm Abounds said...

Beautiful shots, it looks like a magical city. Thanks for sharing!


Amel's Realm said...

Hi, Amber,

I wanna share this award with you:

Schmooze Award

Sandip Maiti said...

U r looking gorgeous; perfect city for you!!

RubyShooZ said...

Oh boy, thanks for the photos! What a treat! Much appreciated. Looks like you're having a wonderful time. When are you coming home.....or did I miss that...are you home now?

Hope wherever you are you're having a beautiful time.

Much love and peace.

~ RS ~

meleah rebeccah said...

miss your posts.

Random Magus said...

Hey -thanks for visiting. Europe is truly wonderful to visit!

Thanks. You must add Amsterdam to your list - it's a terrific city. Accepting and fun.

And how :)

It really is - I am dying to visit again

Thank you Steph - the necklace is from Afghanistan. My mom-in-law got it for me.

insanity-suits-me (Dawn:
It's the first thing I'll do. I've been tagged with it before as well, I think from Amel and Mariuca.

They frown about taking pictures there. I went though it was fun ;)

Amel's Realm:
Thanks :)

the domestic minx:
Ooh yeah!

Thank you very much. You must make it a point to go and if possible plan it with friends.

Sarcasm Abounds:
It was a magical trip in more ways than one :)

Amel's Realm:
Thanks again :)

Sandip Maiti:
Thank you Mr postcard man :)

Thanks Ruby it was 20044 but sill so live in my head

meleah rebeccah:
I feel terrible for disappearing like this.

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