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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!

Dina S

Sunday 11th of March 2018

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

Sunday 11th of March 2018

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

Leora

Monday 12th of February 2018

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

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

I definitely will! :)

Vale Petra

Monday 12th of February 2018

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

Julie

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

Thank you!

Roger Perrault

Monday 12th of February 2018

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

Julie

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

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

ENA

Monday 12th of February 2018

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

Monday 12th of February 2018

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