I took dozens of photos of statues and sculptures in Amsterdam.  This is just a small sampling of the ones we saw there.  I love this kind of artwork, and it is quite varied, as you will see.



This post features many of the interesting houseboats we saw in Amsterdam.  I don’t know how often they move them; in fact, many of them probably stay docked, but it is an interesting way to live.  One of the houseboats is a museum, so we got to take a peek inside it.



One of the things we wanted to do in The Netherlands is go to a beach, and we easily found our way to Zandvoort by bus.  It was a great experience.  We found a great restaurant and a lot of interesting activities on the beach, as you will see below.

Flemish Art

Most of my favorite artists in the world are from The Netherlands–David Teniers, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Gerard van Honthorst, Peter Paul Rubens, Hendrick Avercamp, Vincent van Gogh and Johannes Vermeer, not to mention all the beautiful Delft pottery.

Here are some of the beautiful works we saw in various places including the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt and Van Gogh Museums and the Mauritshuis.  We were thrilled to see all of these in person!


Canal Cruise

Both times that I was in Amsterdam we took one of the canal cruises.  It’s really a great way to see the city.  Everything takes on a different perspective from a boat.  Take a look at these interesting photos.

Sarah saw a party boat going under one of these bridges; they tossed a guy up on the bridge and he ran across it and jumped back on the boat just in time.  Well, I guess that’s one way to have adventure.  The sunset is really pretty from one of these cruises.





Dutch Buildings

I think the architecture of Amsterdam is beautiful.  It’s really unique from anything else I’ve seen in Europe.  Take a look.

Here is the Anne Frank house, and the nearby church, which I’ll tell about later.

This is the large station, inside and out.

Finally, this is our favorite frozen yogurt shop; it’s amazing!

Dutch Food

The food in Amsterdam is outstanding.  We saw so many different types of pastries, but the savory food is great too with meats, fish, soups, stews and pastas.  Here’s a sampling of some of the foods we came across:

Now you see another reason why we love Amsterdam so much!