When you read “Part 1”, you just kind of know it’s going to portend multiple posts. Yes, frankly, it will. Amsterdam is just utter door heaven.
Instead of substance ecstasy, I was maybe unique in having door ecstasy during my weekend in town.
So, when you are called Victoria, where else do you stay but The Victoria Hotel! Ideally and centrally located, just opposite the train station (Airport to town via a Metro ride and a walk across the river, easy and little hassle, a great starting point).
Having been to Amsterdam years ago when I was young and foolish, this time around, being much older and a little less foolish I wanted to enjoy the city, not the sins.
So first off was a canal boat tour to get my bearings of the old centre of Amsterdam. Lucky with the weather, it was an ideal way to view the canals and the wonderful houses that line them and decide the walking routes for the next day.
A little history of the city courtesy of Wiki:
Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin around a dam in the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries the city expanded, and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Amsterdam’s main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 5 million international visitors annually.
Amsterdam is the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the seat of government though is based in the The Hague (Den Haag).
Interestingly, today, the media are reporting that the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, has for the last 21 years been flying for KLM as guest co-pilot. It says something about the laid back approach of the Dutch that this is only just reported. I can’t imagine any Royal being able to do that for 21 years in the Uk without any press reporting!
So, 5 million visitors annually, means it’s going to be a busy city. The main canal streets are fairly full of tourists and locals alike and of course the inevitable hen and stag parties. For those of you who don’t know Amsterdam, the centre of the old town revolves around the canals, narrow streets (not a good idea to drink too much as there are no health and safety barriers to stop a canal plunge, however there were plenty who weren’t bothered by that worry!) and slim, old, towering buildings that really aren’t straight at all. Editing the shots was quite difficult!
A link about the canal houses, the canal area is designated a Unesco World Heritage site. It is unique and even though the city is full of visitors, off the beaten track there are always quiet streets and canals to admire and of course, doors!
Door heaven (Part 1 photos) from my iPhone6 camera.( It could be titled Dark Door day too)
Linking with Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. Pop on over to admire today’s doors…