First glimpse on Amsterdam
On our way back from USA we had to make a connection flight in Amsterdam and since we've had whole day in that city it would be a shame to spend it in the airport.
Saying goodbye to our plane. The most comfortable plane I've ever been to.
Thanks to the excellent railway system it took us only 15 minutes to get from the airport to the city center.
And here we are - beautiful Amsterdam.
First things first. All these stories about how many bicycles there are in Amsterdam are absolutely TRUE. There are thousands of them.
It's amazing how people find their own bicycle.
Have to admit that first impression of the city was quite nice. I've imagined it a little bit different.
Very civilised and clean. No signs of marihuana or porno industry what so ever.
Of course nowhere without apple store.
To be honest Amsterdam reminds me of Venice. Only with more water in it. :)
Of course the weather wasn't like in New York but given that in Riga it was almost snowing, it seemed quite warm.
Entering the very center of the city. This is where is started to change from good to great.
Famous Dam Square, or simply the Dam, is a town square in Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city.
A nice guy gave us some rise so pigeons went nuts.
Of course they aren't like squirrels in London but quite fun as well.
The Royal Palace of Amsterdam.
Madame Tussaud museum. I've been in one in London but if we had more time we would definitely visit this one as well.
In some places they have special bicycle lanes.
In some they don't.
In general very cute old town. Smiley people, small shops. I don't know about the rest of the city but the center is a very nice place to be.
And of course channels and bridges everywhere.
Amsterdam indeed is a second Venice.
There really isn't a single place by the fence without a bicycle attached to it.
The very symbolic look of Amsterdam center.
There are 165 canals and 1281 bridges in Amsterdam. In comparison Venice has only 409 bridges.
Amsterdam in a number one city in the world for the quantity of bicycles people own and use.
Interesting is that every single bicycle has a lock on it.
And all bicycles seems to be very old - traditional. Absolutely no modern sport bicycles. I guess it's too dangerous to have them here as they would be inevitably stolen.
Small restaurants everywhere. It's a shame many of them don't accept credit cards.
And here is starting to appear real Amsterdam spirit.
World famous "Red Light Square". That is all to it. Don't know about you but I've imagined it a little bit different.
Sex shops everywhere.
Sex shop DVD cabines.
Live show for only 2 Euro. That's interesting.
And here are the ladies. Taking photos is restricted but you can get some if you're lucky.
Well, at least they have special signs everywhere.
Tourist shops are quite unique as well.
Now we entering a little different part of the city.
Just a day ago I've seen it a little bit larger.
I think there are way more people on bicycles then on foot.
The second most interesting thing in Amsterdam.
It's a shame we couldn't try anything since we had to go to the airport in a couple of hours. And we had to be sober. :)
Hash Marihuana & Hemp museum.
Definitely will have to return here once more.
Sensi seeds. I wonder how is it like to ride a bicycle when you're high.
Funny people coffeeshop.
Bike rental company add.
uuu I could smell and feel this place two blocks away from it.
Some kind of theater on the water.
Time to go back to the airport.
"I amsterdam" sign, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Letters are the size of a human.
Would be hard to drink from it :)
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