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Strolling around Amsterdam

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Vondelpark’s flower garden

vondelpark rose garden rosarium

A visit to Holland isn’t complete without seeing some flowers, but I don’t think I even saw any tulips. I did come across a massive rose garden in Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

Magna Plaza Amsterdam

magna plaza piano central lobby america today

While wandering around Amsterdam I found myself looking for a restroom in the Magna Plaza, a shopping mall of sorts. Finding a restroom wasn’t as easy as a mall in the USA, but the Magna Plaza was far more visually interesting than the vast majority of shopping centers in the USA so I didn’t mind. If you look closely you can see a store called “America Today”. I found it a bit ironic that you’d find a store wanting to show of its “Americaness” in a shopping center so much nicer than those in America.

Leidseplein nightlife with bikes

Leidseplein after dark

Today’s photo was taken in basically the same spot as this prior pic. The main difference is I was looking in a different direction. That’s a lot of action for 11 p.m.

Evening on an Amsterdam canal

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You can live on your boat in an Amsterdam canal. People have taken this one step further and set up abodes on the water that aren’t even boats. If you click on this image for a larger view you can see some of these top-of-the-water dwellings.

Pancake Corner

amsterdam pancake corner police horseback bulldog coffee shop Leidseplein

I did absolutely no research prior to arriving in Amsterdam last summer. So when I walked out of my hotel to find that I was staying in a district (Leidseplein) with this much nightlife activity I was a bit surprised. Without even participating in the possible debauchery the scene was a trip. Ten shots of J├Ągermeister for only 10 Euro? And I could get pancakes to go along with that? Or I could head next door to The Bulldog Palace Coffeeshop and order off an extensive menu of legal cannabis. Pot not your thing? Farther down this road you can have your choice of magic mushrooms. Actually you didn’t have to purchase or consume anything to get your head spinning. Just wondering what the mounted police could possibly do while on the back of a horse was enough to send your mind into space.

I found out later in the evening that the hotcakes at Pancake Corner come served with huge scoops of ice cream on top. Weird.