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4/13 - We arrived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and looked around the city.

What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical surroundings

with the attitude of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment.

The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares

create an atmosphere that is unique. And the people are very friendly!

                   

ABOVE - There is no doubt that the bicycles outnumber the cars here.

All of the bridges are covered with bikes (locked to them)

Below, right - Munttoren (Mint Tower) clock tower in Muntplein square,

which originally marked the limit of the medieval walled city.

                             

Below - We love all of the facades on top of the buildings.

                   

Below, middle - The weird buildings lower left along the canal

are part of the famous Bloemenmarkt (flower mart).

                   

BELOW - The wonderful canals of Amsterdam

                   

BELOW - Westerkerk (church). It is near the Anne Frank House.

The Westerkerk is a protestant church that has been in use since 1631.

It features a memorial plaque to Rembrandt, and its impressive tower contains a

carillon with 48 bells, many of which were crafted by the renowned Hemony brothers.

Statue of Anne Frank. The line to get in to her House was literally around the block!

                               

Below - Judith lost among the flower bulbs.