I went to Amsterdam earlier this year.
Photos from a weekend in Amsterdam:
I stayed at Hotel Arena. Its most recent incarnation is a swanky-looking modern hotel. Glass bathroom doors, a lofted bed.. The building was built as an orphanage with a chapel in 1890, and then was converted into a home for the elderly in 1950. It became a youth hostel in 1982 and then somehow became privatized and then underwent a drastic transformation in the last couple of years. The hotel is sort of on the outskirts of the Centrum but it’s only a 10-20 minute walk or so to most areas.. and of course even quicker by bike.
Here are a few of the other things we saw on our first evening. It was near the solstice and daylight lingered to a ridiculous hour. I think it was about 11:00pm when dusk started to settle in.
Kitty, on a dumpster covered with somehow color-coordinated tags and paint.
I don’t remember where this was taken, but I am guessing it was on Weesperstraat.
Probably still along Weeperstraat.
And of course there were bikes. This may have been along Sarphatistraat, but I just don’t remember anymore. We heard a guy get hit by a car near this intersection the next night – scary, but he walked away and the car drove away and that was that.
More photos from the Netherlands and Belgium to come, eventually.
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