Amsterdam: Row Houses and Canals

  • Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

    I can’t believe it has been two weeks since we left for Amsterdam and a week since we have been back. Vacation always go by so fast, doesn’t it?

    I’m excited to share with you guys a series of Amsterdam photos broken up into different categories. Today, I’m sharing with you the row houses and canals that are iconic Amsterdam.

    Everywhere we went, the canals were flanked with row houses on either side. I loved this canal city. It’s so so beautiful and we were very lucky with weather. It was either cloudy or partly sunny.

    We actually had a couple days where we saw blue skies! On our last day, it rained — but that’s totally luck on our side with this trip. Our cab driver said Amsterdam rains 250 days a year, haha

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

    We walked all over this city (it’s very easy to walk; it’s a pretty small city) and we would have biked but it was winter and so cold. We weren’t dressed appropriately — definitely didn’t realize how windy Amsterdam was!

    Our hotel (Kimpton DeWitt) was the ideal spot. We were two blocks from Amsterdam Centraal (the main train station) and we were four blocks from the canals. It was really perfect.

    We wandered through the city and walked alongside the canals; it was truly beautiful.

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

    My favorite row houses were the darker grey ones but they were all unique in their own way. Also, another thing about Dutch people (or so it seemed) is that they don’t care for curtains in their house, haha

    Like 90% of the all the row houses we saw, we would be able to look directly inside and see people cooking/preparing food, watching tv, sitting on the couch, etc. This was day and night too.

    I mean, I loved it — I’m obsessed with looking into people’s homes (that sounds super creepy). I wish we could have gone into one. They all had each owners’/renters’ charm and soo cute!

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

    Bikes, bikes, bikes! They were everywhere and I think the preferred mode of transportation for those in the city!

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

     

    Amsterdam and its iconic row houses and canals!

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  • Mary says:

    Gorgeous pictures! The Row Houses are very cute!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!

  • ENA says:

    Yep, in Amsterdam it’s all about using the bike. I like the photo’s.
    Have you tasted any local Dutch food?

    Groetjes uit Holland (greetings from
    Holland) ?

    • Julie says:

      Thank you! Yes, we did taste local Dutch food. I have a post coming with everywhere we ate :) thanks so much!

  • Roger Perrault says:

    Did you try the herring sandwiches sold from open stands in the street?

    • Julie says:

      We were THISCLOSE to trying it but then we just couldn’t do it. I know, I know…it’s a Dutch specialty but we just couldn’t! Haha

      • Roger Perrault says:

        You missed something great. The idea of it is not appealing but the taste was a big surprise. Last question – did you try doing Gros Gin (truly awful) with a beer chaser? Normally, I only drink wine but after a shot glass of the gin, the beer tastes really good! Glad you had a lovely trip. Cheers!

        • Julie says:

          I THINK my husband tried the Gros Gin..I don’t remember. I know we were at this bar and they were talking about some gin that was in a cocktail and he ordered it. Thanks so much for writing!

  • Vale Petra says:

    Thank you Julie for the beautiful photos!!!
    Valeria (from rome!)

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!

  • Leora says:

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you for sharing your photos of Amsterdam. It is a lovely city and am planning on being there in the early part of May. Looking forward to reading about any restaurants that you’ve eaten at. Please share names and addresses.

    • Julie says:

      I definitely will! :)

  • Dina S says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed my beautiful home town. Your lovely photos are making me homesick!
    In fact there some “hidden” small museums on the canals, giving one a glimpse of how the wealthy merchants lived. Worth doing a little internet digging. Been to one as a child on a school field trip.
    Yes Dutch people don’t normally put curtains, at the most some sheers!

    • Julie says:

      Oh interesting!! Wish I had known when we were there! Thanks for taking a gander at my photos from our trip :) beautiful city!

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