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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.

“Part 2” – Icon’s of a City…Amsterdam

icon |ˈīˌkän 

noun a painting of Jesus Christ or another holy figure, typically in atraditional style on wood, venerated and used as an aid to devotion in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches.

• A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something: this iron-jawed icon of American manhood.

• Computing a symbol or graphic representation on a video display terminal of a program, option, or window, esp. one of several forselection.

• Linguistics a sign whose form directly reflects the thing it signifies, for example, the word snarl pronounced in a snarling way.ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (in the sense [simile] ): via Latin from Greekeikōn ‘likeness, image.’ Current senses date from the mid 19th cent. onward.

Welcome Back, sorry about that, but I think you would agree that was a lot to read to begin with.  Sometimes, I just can’t stop myself.  I welcome you back to learn more about some of the Icon’s of Amsterdam.Bridges of Amsterdam

Magere Brug Bridge

No, not Bridges of Madison County.  With it’s maze of criss-crossing canals, it is no wonder Amsterdam has so many bridges adding to it’s beautiful cityscape.  With at least 1280 bridges lining the cities canals, many of them have a story to tell.  Some are historic, with the oldest dating back to 1648.  Some are an absolute engineering phenomenon, some are romantic and some are just plan futuristic.

Torensluis Bridge

The Torensluis bridge was completed in 1648 and is the oldest bridge still in it’s original state.  As it was once part of a moat around Amsterdam, the Torensluis is also Amsterdam’s widest bridge measuring 39 meters wide.

You can still see the barred windows of a former prison under the bridge.  The name means “lower lock” and refers to the Jan Roodenpoortstoren (tower), which stood on the site from 1616 to 1829.  Nowadays, the Toensluis is home to a bronze statues of Multatul, the Dutch author of Max Havelaar.Buildings

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.  You can read more about my view of Amsterdam here.


Tulip Field

One of the more beautiful icon’s of Amsterdam.  Officially the Tulip is the National flower of The Netherlands and the unofficial flower of Amsterdam.  The spring is the time to visit if you want to visit the fields and see the beauty of these flowers.

Keukenhof Gardens

Typically late March through April is the best time to see them in full bloom.  If you can’t make it to the fields you have options.  You can always visit the Keukenhof Gardens or the Flower market of Amsterdam which will be awash in every color  of the rainbow.

I hope you have enjoyed my list of Icon’s of Amsterdam.  What are icon’s of your favorite city?

Happy Travels


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