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Amsterdam [Photos]

I managed to grab a few days in Amsterdam last week and just take some time out to explore the city.

As usual, all the photos I took can be found here, however here is a selection of images to get you started.

Thanks for looking



I actually got chosen to appear on Freshly Pressed.

Thanks guys


91 comments on “Amsterdam [Photos]

  1. kat
    Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

    Oh wow, such beautiful pictures! I miss Europe so much! I spent a summer there and I regret not traveling outside of Germany…Aww memories lol. Thanks for sharing! Definitely put a smile on my face! I’m new to blogging here and I just love how supportive and creative everyone is! If you have time, could you please check out my blog? I would love some advice or feedback, and how to get more exposure :)

  2. Tim Shey
    Sunday, July 24th, 2011

    Great photos of Amsterdam.

    I have never hitchhiked in Holland. I have heard that there are a lot more hitchhikers in Europe than in the United States. I have hitchhiked in the States, Ireland and Britain.

    “Hitchhiking Stories”

  3. Custom Logo Design
    Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

    AMSTERDAM is cool and nice place to live.

  4. Elle
    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    Amsterdam is such a lovely city. It’s a shame it has such a nasty reputation. I can’t wait to explore it myself. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mark
      Friday, July 22nd, 2011

      It’s that very reputation that saw me visit on my own rather than with my family. My wife had no desire to visit the place.
      Having now been there are certainly area’s you would not take young children but to be honest I felt totally safe all the time and outside of the few streets that make up the red light district its a very tranquil and pretty place.

      Don’t let this misconception put you off.

  5. aRVee
    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    Very nice blog. Beautiful pictures, beautiful website, what else can I say?

    Oh, congrats for making it to Freshly Pressed, you truly deserve it… :)

  6. be awake
    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

    lovely! i enjoy amsterdam very much. if you wish, you can find my photos taken in ams. here:
    actually i’m going there tomorrow morning. it’s gonna be a long trip, around 13 hours. but it’s worth of it :)

  7. tinkerbelle86
    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

    i love amsterdam, what great pics

  8. DinoLingo
    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

    wonderful city…

  9. moro89
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    I love this scene… The city looks beautiful!

  10. Ginger
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Dear Mark,

    Thank you for these fabulous images of one of my favourite cities! You really grasped the spirit of it. What I love most about Amsterdam is the way of life, coffee – houses, sooo many bicycles, great art, and this international yet down to Earth flair. Another beauty, which is a small but cute version of Amsterdam, is Alkmaar, which is about 50 km further East driving along the coast.
    Cheese – heaven, and really tres jolie.

    Come on over next time !

  11. Ady
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    I have to visit Amsterdam one day. It is definitely on the list.

  12. mouseblossom
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Love Amsterdam too. I go there at least once a year. But then, I only live 2,5 hours (by train) away ;-) It’s like a big village and I always feel at home there (friendly people, great little shops and places to eat, if you know where to find them). Last time, I visited the cat museum (, which is a small and tranquil museum located in a beautiful old house on one of the canals. A must-see if you love cats (their own cats also wander free in the museum) and art (and old buildings). So, there’s one of my (now not so) secret places in Amsterdam. I’ll put it in my blog now, too (already mentioned it here, so why not :-)).

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    What a gorgeous place!!Definitely one of my dream destination

  14. FaridWajdi
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Amsterdam is beautifull…i wish i can be there..

  15. In Western Europe The Grass is Juicy
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Amsterdam is just lovely. Beautiful pictures!! Congratulations!

  16. gmanojmenon
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Nice snaps. wondering how it would smell in Amsterdam. I mean the air. Fresh cool air with a tint of tulip ??or what??

  17. marlowesnymph
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    I am so envious right now! Beautiful pictures!

  18. dhienarmeidawati
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    So neat, arranged well. Wanna go there!

    visit my blog to know about India and Indonesia

  19. Sajib
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Now I somewhat understand why Harold & Kumar were so excited to go to Amsterdam. :D

  20. the island traveler
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    No wonder people love the place, it’s beautiful!

  21. dianewrites
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Congratulations for making it to the freshly pressed. You did great shots from Amsterdam. People like me don’t often have the opportunity to travel so thanks to bloggers like you for providing us glimpses from every beautiful corner in the world.

  22. paul
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    truly I missed Amsterdam.. I want to visit the city once again soon.. the gloomy weather, the blooming tulips, and the happy people

  23. anabellefrancoeur
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    It’s always fantastic to see photos of Amsterdam.

  24. creativeconfessions
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    These pictures are superb.

  25. yanz
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    nice pictures…love it… :D

  26. Arumsekartaji
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Very nice and beautifull your photos. I’d like to join with you….Can you came to the central of Java island? May you can visit Borobudur temple, Mendut temple and soon as possible?

  27. James
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    wooow ..
    it’s a very beautiful place.

  28. Dian Wijayanti
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Lovely lovely pictures!! :D

  29. stormskyblue
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. Can those white shutters on the tall building close? Would they be closed for bad weather? Or are they just for show? Just wondering.

  30. Jennifer Avventura
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Oh, thanks for the wonderful memories of Amsterdam. It’s one of my favorite cities. Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  31. angelsinnercircle
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Hmmmm! she sighed. Your lovely photos have made me add Amsterdam to my list of travels – thank you!

    Congratulations on being freshly presseD! Good work!

  32. luaydpk
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Beautiful and very nice…

  33. skoshi
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Likewise. Brought back some great moments. Thanks so much for sharing.

  34. theplaceswevebeen
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    A great city to take pics in. I really enjoyed your photos.

  35. studiofive24
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Very nice pictures!!!!

  36. allenthegrey
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    That’s awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.

  37. beckyyk
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    congrats on being freshly pressed. it’s a great feeling, like it was your birthday!

  38. Auspicious Wedding Dates
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Nice picture of the city stroll :)

  39. kay
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Great pictures! What a beautiful place to visit, it seems there’s something interesting to see everywhere you look. I hope I get the chance to visit there, too, some day!

  40. eof737
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Beautiful… Brings back lovely memories. :-)

  41. travelwithlaughter
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Great pics! I am so excited for my trip in the fall to Europe and taking pics!

  42. Emmy
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    very nice pics. i’ve had the travel bug for a while now, and this only made it worse, haha. great post! and congrats:)

  43. allaboutgoodlife
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Lovely cities and lovely people. Wish could be there someday!

  44. Mohammad Hanafi
    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    Beautiful pictures! I wish I can visit Amsterdam one of this day.

  45. bonkasaurus
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Congratualtions on making freshly pressed! I’ve been dying to be on that forever lol. I absolutely love amsterdam, I haven’t been there since i was 15 but i have the fondest memory of hiding out in the door way of a small church because there was rainstorm that attacked us out of nowhere and I saw this guy with his umbrella get blown down the street.

    lovely pictures.

    -Bianca at

  46. Zein
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Very nice

  47. racedds
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Great photos, especially the red flowers in the boxes covered in graffiti. I went once, a few days after Queen’s Day, when there was a half dismantled Ferris Wheel in the square and bright orange flags everywhere. Surreal.

  48. Em
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Lovely your photos. Can’t wait to visit myself

  49. Eva McCane
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    thanks for sharing! i can’t wait to visit amsterdam myself…hopefully good pictures, good pot, and good people :)

  50. jodie
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Flowers and bikes….my kind of place.
    Thanks for posting your album. I hope to visit next year.
    Truly lovely.

  51. C.
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Beautiful pictures. Specially the one with the red flowers.

  52. This and That
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    These photos bring back great memories of my trip to the Netherlands! Thank you for posting such beautiful images of a wonderful city!

  53. gothichydran126
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    I so want to go there!! If I do (and I’ll definatly try) I also want to visit other areas like Utrecht, Rotterdam, and maybe Hilversum.

  54. bercton
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Awesome photo! will love to visit Amsterdam.

  55. yolanda1cherise
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Gorgeous pics! I especially loved the one with all the bikes lined up. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  56. brownvegan
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Beautiful Pics!
    Congrats on making Freshly Pressed

  57. Lonnie
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Amsterdam! The place I am still trying to get to! Great images, congrats on the FP.

  58. jeanofalltrades
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Beautiful shots! I’ve been through Amsterdam but haven’t had a chance to spend time there. It’s on my list and just got bumped up a few numbers thanks to your post :)

  59. tobyzwebsite
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  60. milezaway
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Great pictures, I love cities…people rave about the country side (me included) but city photographs have so much more going on, so much detail.

  61. thediaryofsugarandspice
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    I love Amsterdam! I went there when I was a little girl with my dad and will never forget it. What a lovely place!! :-))) And congrats on Freshly Pressed!

  62. homeflair
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Wow! Fantastic pictures!!

  63. molassestadpole
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Beautiful!! I want to travel so badly!

  64. gaycarboys
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Just the sort of place a gaycarboy would feel right at home! Great shots.

  65. fireandair
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Crazy beautiful place. However, I have a dumb question.

    What the hell IS that thing in the first photo?

    • Mark
      Monday, July 18th, 2011

      It’s a lifting bridge. There are lots of them in Amsterdam

  66. DifferentWaysToSaveMoney
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

    I’m really impressed by the main image of your post. The red flowers and the river behind with the boats moored on it really capture the essence of Amsterdam. I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam but have not managed it so far.

    BTW, this is my first comment as I am new to

  67. rf401
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Congrats on being pressed, some really nice shots


  68. jessicamjonas
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Aw, you’re making me homesick! My mother was born in Amsterdam, and when I was a kid we went to the Netherlands every year. I haven’t been since 2007, but seeing your photos makes it feel fresh all over again.

    Btw, I realize it’s too late to give you tips for this trip, but I hope you had some pancakes while you were there. If not, next time you’re in the NL, definitely stop by a pancake house! They are unparalleled.

  69. Heather C.J. Atkins
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    I lived not too far from there back in the 90’s and would visit Amsterdam often. Thanks for the memories!

  70. wiibii
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    I WANNA VISIT AMSTERDAM!!! Not for the weed (unlike some people) -.-” but for the actual place. :D

  71. Ajay Kaul
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    The pictures around water are very well taken. Also like the shot with the bikes lined up. Great job!!

  72. mylazydays
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Hi Mark!
    I’ve been to Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago for the first time. I loved it so much! It’s such a beautiful city. Thanks for sharing, it’s so nice to see the same places trough someone else’s eyes!


  73. cravesadventure
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Thanks for sharing. Amsterdam is on my list of places to travel to. Congrats on being FP! Beautiful Pics.

  74. bookcism
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    whoooaaaa,really wanna go there

  75. Words We Women Write
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed….I just returned from Amsterdam with very amateur photos. Yours are bing-bang awesome!

  76. trialsinfood
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    great photos!

    • Mark
      Monday, July 18th, 2011



      I just saw your Mango Salsa recipe. That looks awesome!

      Assuming I can find a mango in my local shop this weekend (and I will admit I had to look up what cilantro was), I know what I will be making :)

  77. mary
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Hi Mark,
    Loved your photos. My husband and I travel to Europe as often as we can but haven’t gotten to Amterdam. Everyone I know who has been there really enjoy the trip. I would love to know which layout you’re using that allows you to post so many great pic. Thanks again for sharing your photos.

    • Mark
      Monday, July 18th, 2011

      Hi Mary and thanks for your comments.

      Like you, I have been to many European cities over the last few years (easier when I live in the UK) but Amsterdam never got a look in so when the chance came up last week, who was I to say no?

      As for the layout, I just use Windows Live Writer (free download) to create my blog posts which allows me to add as many pictures as I want, sort out the layout and then upload to WordPress.

      I then use Smugmug for all my main photo hosting

      Take care


  78. arista120
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Gorgeous photos!

  79. Kristina
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing! I absolutely love Amsterdam, it’s a beautiful city! I went there to celebrate my 30th :)

  80. watermeloun
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Wahou, that makes me want to travel a little bit more!
    Nice pics :)

  81. Kathryn McCullough
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    I was in Amsterdam last year–amazing city–fabulous photos!

  82. palmtreelifestyle
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    I lived here for 6 years and loved the city. A great place for photography, and I sure have plenty of pictures of this city. Now I’m in Thailand and decided to also share my pictures like you. Kind regards from

  83. Mikalee Byerman
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    I want to be THERE!

    Beautiful photos…

  84. Sajeevs blog
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Beautiful pictures of Amsterdam that remind me of my 3-month stay at Vinkeveen:))

  85. ikhalayi
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    That’s really beautiful.

  86. NDP
    Monday, July 18th, 2011

    Visited Amsterdam many years ago now, it was beautiful then and obviously still is, judging by these fantastic photos. They brought back some good memories.

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Hello I'm Mark and welcome to my personal blog.

I travel a lot both for business and pleasure, often on my own but also with my family whenever I can.

I really do enjoy taking photos when I travel but would still consider myself a traveller first and a photographer second

I suppose you could think of this as a travel blog but it's more than that. It's really a place for me to share my experiences and thoughts on just about anything.

Considering I work in IT and telecommunications I have an unhealthy interest in technology and gadgets and all things tech related. I also like my cars so expect plenty on non travel stuff to be included as well.

So the words are my own (not my employers) so have a look around and please feel free to leave a comment or Two

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