Amsterdam is such a unique city. It is like Venice meets… meets… I am not sure what! It is a charm typical of old cities, of cities by the water, of cities with architecture seen nowhere else, and of cities with a one-of-a-kind type of energy (and I don’t mean that in terms of the red light district!).
I first went to Amsterdam in 1999 when I had business there (most of my time in The Netherlands, though, was actually in The Hague, or Den Haag). I had not returned to Amsterdam since then (except connecting through its wonderful airport) until earlier this year when I overnighted there on my way back home after skiing in Austria.
I took advantage of the limited time to walk out and about at night, and then do a quick morning walk before heading to the airport. Though a short visit, it took me back to 1999 and it made me re-discover why I like the city so much. I wish I had had time to visit the museums I have never gotten to explore (back in 1999, I wasn’t touristing – had no time for that!), and be a little more aimless in the walking around. But, hopefully, I will have another chance! In the meantime, here are some photos from my short visit!