R and I took the relatively new direct train service from London to Amsterdam, where we stayed for a week in a very nice flat.


We walked into the centre via Westerkerk, then walked beside some of the central canals.

View from bridge over Bilderdijkgracht, the nearest canal to our flat.
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Empty shop on Kwakersplein.
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Westerkerk, one of several very large churches around the city.
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Cherubs and skulls.
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Scaffolding with pink netting.
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Laser 3.14: PLEASE DRAG US DOWN. (Hoarding around Westerkerk.)
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Royal Palace of Amsterdam, on Dam Square.
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National Monument in remembrance of WW2, with real pigeons...
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...and stone ones.
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Buildings along the Singel (canal).
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Building with flagpoles, Herengracht.
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Building with reflected cloud halo, Herengracht.
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Building with tree, Herengracht.
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Shadows and gables, Thorbeckeplein.
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Reflections in canal, Reguliersgracht.
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Reguliersgracht 10.
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View from bridge over Keizersgracht.
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Doorways and stencil, Reguliersgracht.
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Antique shop window and reflections, Reguliersgracht.
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Amstelkerk (an old wooden church, now renovated as offices and exhibition centre).
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House (dated 1769) with reflections, Amstel.
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Houseboats along Jacob van Lennepkanaal.
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We spent most of the day in the Rijksmuseum (national museum), which has very many paintings and other works of art. I liked quite a few of them, so it was definitely worth the visit for me.

I neglected to get the name or artist of this!
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Rijksmuseum Research Library.
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It was a very grey day.

View along Prinsengracht; Westerkerk rising into the mist.
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We took a canal cruise, which is the obvious tourist thing to do in Amsterdam, and for good reason - it was a very pleasant and interesting trip despite the weather.

Couple with matching hats standing on bridge over the entrance to Reguliersgracht.
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Concert hall and hotel by the Ij river.
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NEMO science museum.
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After lunch, we headed out to walk around the Vondelpark, a large park to the west of the city.

Flowers on a chair outside a shop.
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Sculpture ‘Figure découpée l’Oiseau’ by Picasso / Nesjar, Vondelpark.
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Doorway to offices, Paulus Potterstraat.
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This was the day allocated for visiting the handbag museum. (Yes, there is a handbag museum in Amsterdam.) You may be surprised to hear that it wasn’t actually my choice, but the museum was quite nice.

Staircase and lights (1).
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Staircase and lights (2).
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After that we visited the Museum Willet-Holthuysen, which is a recreation of an old canal house (well, it really is an old canal house, but I mean, the interiors have been restored to match the period).

Alcove in orange wall.
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Window above door.
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Classical statues at the top of the stairwell.
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Illuminations at Leidseplein.
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More museums - this time, the Museum of the Canals, which had some very nice displays but wasn’t as detailed as I might have hoped - and more canal walks.

Wonky buildings along Herengracht, with the Catholic Church (De Kritberg) poking out behind.
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Yellow advertising pillar.
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Large greenish building.
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Royal Palace and the New Church, Dam Square.
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‘Art fountain’ sculpture on Rokin (Mark Manders, 2017).
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Railings, Rokin.
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Shiny building, Keizersgracht.
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Bridge over Leidsegracht.
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Another bridge over Leidsegracht.
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Angular buildings along Herengracht, either side of Buelingstraat.
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In the evening I took a few photos inside our holiday flat, which is part of a complex built around a converted tram depot.

Birdcage lamp and red table.
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Balcony of sleeping area.
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We spent a good chunk of the day in the Van Gogh Museum. In the afternoon we had a quick look around the red light district (but failed to hire a prostitute), then walked around a little more nearby.

Red door in the Waag (15th century building, originally a city gate).
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End wall of university chapel, Agnietenkapel; with red car.
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We took a tram out to the Plantage area for a quick wander.

Zeeman Laboratorium, now converted into flats. Metalwork repesents a prism splitting light.
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‘Natura Artis Magistra’ - part of a zoo.
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Crane beside converted warehouses (built for the Dutch East India Company).
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Lift bridge over Entrepotdok.
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Access road beside Amsterdam Central station.
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The train back doesn’t run direct, because of customs hassles; you have to change in Belgium. On this occasion that was convenient because we managed to schedule a fairly long wait and meet one of R’s friends who lives in Brussels. So we had a nice journey to end the holiday.

All images © Samuel Marshall. All rights reserved.