Photo Album Index – Amsterdam

 

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Betty on Amsterdam bridge
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Betty on one of Amsterdam’s 1,200 bridges spanning more than 100 canals. Our hotel, the Jolly Carlton, is the brick building with the spire.

 

View from our fifth floor hotel room of the 400-year-old Tower Mint with carillon clock. It once served as one of four gates to Amsterdam.

 

View from our room of busy Floating Flower Market, where blooms, bulbs and seeds from around the world are sold from glass-covered shops built on barges. Several shops offer “Holland Cannabis” starter kits that include marijuana seeds, growing medium and instructions; residents over 18 are allowed up to three plants each under pot-tolerate Dutch law.  

 

Betty by fresh tulips and other flowers grown in Holland hothouses. The main tulip blooming and export season is in April.

 

Lewis with Dutchman who has been selling flowers for more than 40 years. Signs in several languages ask customers to refrain from touching the blooms. The Flower Market shop sells bulbs with special “certified” packaging suitable for carrying through U.S. Customs.

 

Betty by boxes and boxes full of tulip and other bulbs in a Flower Market shop. Many of the bulbs are not generally available in U.S. garden stores.

 

Betty and Lewis by boxes of blooming pansies in a Flower Market shop. Both are dressed for the chilly and changeable Amsterdam weather, which can include rain, sleet, snow and sunshine within a matter of minutes at any time during the year.

 

Betty by decorated fresh fruit stand a few steps from the front door of our hotel.

 

Betty by a rack of wooden shoes at a Flower Market shop that sells blooms and souvenirs. We saw nobody wearing the traditional Dutch footwear.

 


Betty at Flower Market
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Betty by the massive Rijksmuseum, national art museum of The Netherlands. The main building is closed until 2008 for renovations but more than 400 of the finest artwork in the collection are on display in a satellite building including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other artists.

 

View from our hotel window of the Heineken-owned Hotel de L’Europa to right of Coin Tower, a luxury hotel where Betty and Lewis enjoyed an excellent meal one evening. The Tower marks one of the busiest convergences of streets and light rail lines in Amsterdam and is choked with pedestrian, cyclist, tram and car traffic during the rush periods of the day and early evening.

 

Lewis by tiny ferry at Delft, a historic and thriving town about 50 miles from Amsterdam. Delft is the home of two porcelain factories that make the famous pottery and once was the home of the powerhouse East India Trading Company of Holland’s Golden Age in the 17th Century. The ferry hauls walkers and cyclists across the canal from a commercial to a residential neighborhood – for a fee of course.

 

Artists paint traditional patterns on Delft plates that are destined for decorative display and not tableware.

 

Betty in Delft plant’s retail shop, where collectors purchase the expensive porcelain pieces in person, by mail or the Internet. The large plate at top left is priced at 945 Euros, which translated into about $1,300 in early 2005.

 

Lewis on bridge with a few houseboats permanently tied up on a canal near the Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam. Boat residents pay a fee to the city, which provides electricity, gas and water lines to the boats. Small boats tie up without charge. A surprising number fill up with rainwater and sink on their moorings.

 


Lewis in attic church
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Lewis in “Our Lord of the Attic” Catholic Church, a hidden place of worship built in the tops of three town homes by a wealthy Dutch merchant in the 1600s. It is four bowling lanes wide and seats 150 on the main floor and two balconies and is equipped with an organ, religious paintings and statues. The column on the left contains a swing-out pulpit, still in use for weekly masses plus occasional weddings and concerts.

 

Neo-classical artwork on ceiling of Our Lord of the Attic church.

 

Lewis respectfully removes his Irish cap in the Lotus Flower Buddhist Temple in Amsterdam’s Chinatown section of the Red Light District. The devout place flowers, grapefruit and other fruit on the altar before a statue of Guan Yin, whose thousands of hands are always busy helping Buddha.

 

Outdoors table at one of several Bulldog Cafes in Amsterdam. The popular establishments are licensed to sell small quantities of marijuana and hashish to persons over 18. Four cigarettes containing a controlled mixture of tobacco and cannabis are priced at about $18.

 

Lewis by life-size, metal replicas of iguanas in fallow tulip bed in Amsterdam square.

 

Vertical McDonald’s across street from Jolly Carlton Hotel has sex shops and head stores for neighbors.

 

Lewis on bridge over canal near Anne Frank House where many live-aboard houseboats are tied up permanently.

 

Anne Frank House attracts 300,000 visitors per year, with many of them in school groups. Artifacts on display include her hand-written diaries that have been translated into 64 languages. Young Anne, her sister, her parents and four others hid in a secret annex in the home for two years until they were betrayed to the Nazis in 1944. Of the eight Jews, only Anne’s father, Otto Frank, survived deportation to the death camps.

 

Amsterdam’s Royal Palace on Dam Square, an important hub.

 

Delft’s Central Train Station, where hundreds of commuters park their bikes.

 

Nearly every available railing in busy areas is used to secure bikes. Many cyclists ride old and battered bikes and double lock them to discourage theft. Rain like on this day doesn’t seem to cut into the throngs of riders in Amsterdam, where narrow streets and lack of parking limits auto use.

 

Lewis holds copy of Amsterdam guidebook by professional traveler Rick Steves. The helpful publication only steered us wrong once, with an outdated reference to a Tourist Information office in Delft that had been closed.

 

Betty in a busy square in Amsterdam served by trams.

 

LINK TO MORE PHOTOS. Click here to link to a companion page on Kodak’s Ofoto website where there are 42 photos posted that were taken by Betty and Lewis during their visit to Amsterdam and nearby Delft. Several are duplicates. Or, copy and paste the the following URL into your browser http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?c=xcy3d41.2jmhu0gt&x=0&y=-q4skqs

 

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