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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Amsterdam…..My View

Hot Damn, it’s Amsterdam

 Do you dream of places around the World that you hope to one day visit?  Are those dreams made up of romantic ideas of far off, exotic places and people?  Mine are.  I dream of places around the world like, Prague, Dubrovnik, Greece, Australia etc.

And for every dream I have, there are these beautiful romantic ideas of what their countries look like, feel like and how friendly the people are.  There are times when the realities don’t live up to the dreams, not very often, but it happens.  Then are the other times, when the realities completely exceed my dreams.

Amsterdam is one of those places that has exceeded my expectations and my dreams.  What makes Amsterdam one of a kind?  Amsterdam enjoys a global reputation as the city of freedom where everything is possible.  The culture and history of the Netherlands, and Amsterdam’s metropolitan area specifically presents the various components that clearly reveal what makes Amsterdam and the Netherlands unique.

The 4 pillar’s of Amsterdam’s history and culture include it’s Design, Fashion, Architecture and Heritage.  Amsterdam  embodies characteristics that are inextricably linked to the spirit of freedom and the longstanding traditions relating to tolerance, freedom of speech, a spirit of commerce and creative liberty.  Although many people think of Amsterdam as the home of Brown Cafe’s, it is so much more.

This tradition of freedom has shaped the city into what it is today.  Thanks to this atmosphere of freedom and tolerance, Amsterdam has throughout it’s long history been a magnet for artists, philosophers, free thinkers and other creative spirits from around the world.

Amsterdam leads the way in quality of life, democracy, freedom of the press and freedom of spirit.  Many people think it’s a fun place to go because you can smoke pot, or use Magic Mushrooms, and it is.  But it is that Freedom of Spirit that makes the city of Amsterdam overflow with atmosphere, friendliness and beauty.

Dutch design has taken the world by storm and is described as being pragmatic, simple and unconventional with a humorous twist.  You may not even know it, but Dutch design is all around you, from simple consumer goods to complex design such as cars and buildings.

But true Dutch design begins in Amsterdam, which serves as home base for a large number of internationally acclaimed designers and companies creating wild and fantastic buildings along with awesome consumers goods.

While Amsterdam is still a long way off from attaining the status as a leading city of fashion on par with Paris or Milan, trend spotters nevertheless view Amsterdam as one of the most inspiring cities.  The same attributes used to describe Dutch design also largely apply to Amsterdam fashion:  unconventional, unpretentious and daring.

These distinctive qualities take center stage twice a year during the Amsterdam Fashion Week.  When it comes to Fashion in Amsterdam, finding custom tailors to create any type of fashion for you is very possible.  In fact I am looking forward to my custom Dinner jacket to be delivered soon.  On a side note, I am thinking it is necessary to have custom tailors in this city, the men and women are quite tall, freakishly tall.

Keen attention to detail has been a key distinguishing characteristic of Amsterdam architecture through the centuries.  This is clearly mirrored in the gables of the canal houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.  However, the architecture of the Amsterdam School and the modern architecture showcased in areas of the city such as the Oostelijk Havengevied (Amsterdam’s eastern docklands) equally feature this uncompromising eye for detail.

The beauty of the homes and buildings in the Oude Zijde (the Old Silk) is beyond compare.  If you look closely you can see buildings all around you from the 1600’s that are leaning both forward and side to side.

Buildings in Amsterdam lean forward on purpose and are built that way.  Building that way was a solution to another problem.  The problem with these old buildings is that the stairways are always very narrow and steep.

These stairways are impossible to use while trying to get furniture or any other big object into your house.  These stairways are a consequence of the very narrow construction used in Holland at the time.  That meant you had to pull your furniture up through your window.  If you take a look at most old houses in Amsterdam you will see a hook placed on top of their roofs.

This is used to hang a wheel and use it with a rope to pull things up.  While pulling big objects up a building, it helps to avoid hitting the building with these objects if the building tilts forward.  Many buildings also lean from side to side, this is mostly due to the fact that these buildings are 300-400 years old, their pillars that have been rammed into the dry soil of the canals are simply rotting, causing the buildings to lean.

The Dutch DNA is also at the heart of the rich heritage of The Netherlands.  Many of the tangible treasures of this heritage bear witness to The Netherlands battle against the water over the centuries.  The polders, dikes and windmills situated in the Amsterdam Metropolitan area are designed to keep the water within the dikes.  The showpieces in Dutch cities such as Amsterdam and Haarlem include the magnificently decorated houses of wealthy citizens.

Measured by heritage, Amsterdam is one of the richest cities in Europe thanks to it’s world famous ring of canals, medieval city center, Jewish history and it’s wealth of art treasures displayed in it’s large and small museums. Amsterdam has one of the largest number of Museums in Europe.  Here you can visit the world famous Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Rembrandt’s House, Van Gogh’s Museum, Allard Pierson Museum, Hermitage (a wing of the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, Russia).  These are the ones most people visit, don’t miss the Heineken Experience, Jewish Historical Museum, The Sex Museum and The Torture Museum.

This City has a unique appeal, it’s a vibrant city, a treasure trove of artistic riches and living embodiment of nearly 1000 years of history.  During this time Amsterdam rose to become the center of a huge global empire. After some decades of decline, Amsterdam  matured into today’s relaxed and tolerant city.

Elegant, serene, friendly, tolerant of differences, it has become a Global city.  Even it’s seamy, side is part of it’s charm.  Whatever your looking for you can find it in this City, this beautiful City of Canals,  Cannabis and History.  The city of Amsterdam oozes beauty and sexiness, not only in the obvious, the buildings, canals etc.

But also in it’s people, their willingness to help, their friendliness, their tolerance of differences, their acceptance of all people from around the World. Don’t miss this city, plan your visit soon, you won’t regret it.

Here are a few of my favorite images that I shot while in Amsterdam. I hope you enjoy them.  I will in the coming weeks be writing about specific things in Amsterdam the Museums, Canals, Bicycles and Debauchery.

Happy Travels

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11 Comments on “Amsterdam…..My View”

  1. mac April 26, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Very nice pics!

    • scott30483 April 26, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      Thank you Mac. It’s very difficult to take a bad picture there.

      Scott

      • mac April 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

        Very true. I’ve only been there once – and it was great. Especially the Van Gogh museum – at that time.

        • scott30483 April 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

          Yes, I will be posting about Van Gogh, Anne Frank House, Rembrandt Museum etc. I have so much to tell. LOL

          • mac April 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

            Sounds great. Old travels become like new here at wordpress.. I’m starting to remember more things and places every day that passes. A very pleasant surprise.

          • scott30483 April 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

            I agree.

            Have a great day. I will have new stuff to post tomorrow, right now it’s time for a glass of wine.

            Scott

          • mac April 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

            oh enjoy 🙂

  2. Jenny April 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    I really liked the part about the tilting buildings. Very informative and interesting. =)

    • scott30483 April 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      Jenny,
      I think that is one of the unique things about Amsterdam that makes it such a beautiful and fascinating place.

      Scott

  3. Anais Seijas October 29, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    Hello Scott,

    Very interesting explanation and view of the city. I am going to Amsterdam next weekend with my partner and have been studying the city to make the most of the weekend and seize the time. I’ve check out some bars that looks interesting and fun like Maloe Melo Blues Bar, Roest, Pllek… I must say I don’t like the typical touristic bars, we prefer somewhere where the locals go. I thought that you perhaps can share some tips with me 🙂 let’s see… thanks

    • scott30483 October 31, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Anais, I am not much of a Bar or Pub person when traveling. I can tell you one of the funnest experiences I had in Amsterdam was at the Super Club. Totally fun vibe and as the night when on, great music, dancing and pretty decent food. I am a bit jealous that you are going, I would like to get back there soon myself. Have you checked out any other posts of mine regarding Amsterdam?

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