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Amsterdam [Photos]

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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

UPDATE:

WOW

I actually got chosen to appear on Freshly Pressed.

Thanks guys

 

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91 Comments
  1. kat #

    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? http://shecooksandheeats.wordpress.com/ I would love some advice or feedback, and how to get more exposure :)

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
  2. 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”
    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/p/hitchhiking-stories.html

    Sunday, July 24th, 2011
  3. AMSTERDAM is cool and nice place to live.

    Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
  4. 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!

    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.

      Friday, July 22nd, 2011
  5. Very nice blog. Beautiful pictures, beautiful website, what else can I say?

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

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011
  6. lovely! i enjoy amsterdam very much. if you wish, you can find my photos taken in ams. here:
    http://lookorsee.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/amsterdam-trip/
    actually i’m going there tomorrow morning. it’s gonna be a long trip, around 13 hours. but it’s worth of it :)

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
  7. i love amsterdam, what great pics

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
  8. wonderful city…

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
  9. I love this scene… The city looks beautiful!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  10. http://beatbloodpressure.wordpress.com

    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 !

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  11. Ady #

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

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  12. 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 (www.kattenkabinet.nl/english.html), 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
  13. What a gorgeous place!!Definitely one of my dream destination

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  14. FaridWajdi #

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

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  15. Amsterdam is just lovely. Beautiful pictures!! Congratulations!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  16. Nice snaps. wondering how it would smell in Amsterdam. I mean the air. Fresh cool air with a tint of tulip ??or what??

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  17. marlowesnymph #

    I am so envious right now! Beautiful pictures!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  18. So neat, arranged well. Wanna go there!

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    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  19. Now I somewhat understand why Harold & Kumar were so excited to go to Amsterdam. :D

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  20. No wonder people love the place, it’s beautiful!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  21. 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.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  22. truly I missed Amsterdam.. I want to visit the city once again soon.. the gloomy weather, the blooming tulips, and the happy people

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  23. It’s always fantastic to see photos of Amsterdam.
    Gorgeous!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  24. These pictures are superb.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  25. yanz #

    nice pictures…love it… :D

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  26. 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?

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  27. wooow ..
    it’s a very beautiful place.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  28. Dian Wijayanti #

    Lovely lovely pictures!! :D

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  29. 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.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  30. Oh, thanks for the wonderful memories of Amsterdam. It’s one of my favorite cities. Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  31. 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!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  32. Beautiful and very nice…

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  33. skoshi #

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

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  34. A great city to take pics in. I really enjoyed your photos.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  35. Very nice pictures!!!!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  36. That’s awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  37. congrats on being freshly pressed. it’s a great feeling, like it was your birthday!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  38. Nice picture of the city stroll :)

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  39. kay #

    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!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  40. Beautiful… Brings back lovely memories. :-)

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  41. Great pics! I am so excited for my trip in the fall to Europe and taking pics!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  42. very nice pics. i’ve had the travel bug for a while now, and this only made it worse, haha. great post! and congrats:)

    http://oneinchapart.wordpress.com/

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  43. Lovely cities and lovely people. Wish could be there someday!

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  44. Beautiful pictures! I wish I can visit Amsterdam one of this day.

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
  45. 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 http://theinbetweengirls.wordpress.com/

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  46. Zein #

    Very nice

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  47. 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.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  48. Em #

    Lovely your photos. Can’t wait to visit myself

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  49. Eva McCane #

    thanks for sharing! i can’t wait to visit amsterdam myself…hopefully good pictures, good pot, and good people :)
    http://www.icouldntmakethisshitup.wordpress.com

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  50. Flowers and bikes….my kind of place.
    Thanks for posting your album. I hope to visit next year.
    Truly lovely.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  51. C. #

    Beautiful pictures. Specially the one with the red flowers.
    C.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  52. These photos bring back great memories of my trip to the Netherlands! Thank you for posting such beautiful images of a wonderful city!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  53. 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.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  54. Awesome photo! will love to visit Amsterdam.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  55. Gorgeous pics! I especially loved the one with all the bikes lined up. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  56. Beautiful Pics!
    Congrats on making Freshly Pressed

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  57. Amsterdam! The place I am still trying to get to! Great images, congrats on the FP.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  58. 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 :)

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  59. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  60. 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.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  61. 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!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  62. Wow! Fantastic pictures!!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  63. molassestadpole #

    Beautiful!! I want to travel so badly!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  64. Just the sort of place a gaycarboy would feel right at home! Great shots.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  65. fireandair #

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

    What the hell IS that thing in the first photo?

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
    • It’s a lifting bridge. There are lots of them in Amsterdam

      Monday, July 18th, 2011
  66. 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 WordPress.com.

    http://differentwaystosavemoney.wordpress.com/

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  67. Congrats on being pressed, some really nice shots

    Rob
    http://robfranklin83.wordpress.com

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  68. 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.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  69. I lived not too far from there back in the 90’s and would visit Amsterdam often. Thanks for the memories!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  70. wiibii #

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

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  71. The pictures around water are very well taken. Also like the shot with the bikes lined up. Great job!!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  72. 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!
    http://mylazydays.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/amsterdam-early-summer/

    Sumita

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  73. Thanks for sharing. Amsterdam is on my list of places to travel to. Congrats on being FP! Beautiful Pics.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  74. whoooaaaa,really wanna go there

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

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

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  76. great photos!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
    • Thanks

      PS

      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 :)

      Monday, July 18th, 2011
  77. mary #

    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.
    Mary

    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

      Mark

      Monday, July 18th, 2011
  78. arista120 #

    Gorgeous photos!

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  79. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing! I absolutely love Amsterdam, it’s a beautiful city! I went there to celebrate my 30th :)

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  80. Wahou, that makes me want to travel a little bit more!
    Nice pics :)

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  81. I was in Amsterdam last year–amazing city–fabulous photos!
    Kathy

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  82. 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 http://allansjourney.wordpress.com

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  83. I want to be THERE!
    :)

    Beautiful photos…

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  84. Beautiful pictures of Amsterdam that remind me of my 3-month stay at Vinkeveen:))

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  85. That’s really beautiful.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011
  86. NDP #

    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.

    Monday, July 18th, 2011

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