Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam has been called the "Venice of the North" for its more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. I didn't have to count them to come up with those figures because I copied that line from Wikipedia. That's also where I copied this great shot of Amsterdam and her many wonderful canals.
You eventually get used to the bikes, but I don't think I'll ever get used to the canals. They're so different and beautiful.
Update: It was a great, sunny day today (Aug 10) so I took new canal pictures.
As a general rule, I avoid the hotel minibar at all costs. In fact, I've only broke this rule once in my life.
I was once very hungry at about 4am and decided I needed a Snickers bar to tide me over until breakfast. That was the best €5 chocolate bar I've ever had.
The minibar in the Amsterdam Hilton I'm staying at this week has a frightening message: it knows when I remove an item. I'm tempted to take out the €22,50 Baby Piper-Heidsieck just to see what happens.
So when did this become a thing?
Amsterdam is a very interesting city. I'll be sharing more pics from my visit soon, but this entry is about the bikes that dominate the cityscape.
This summer, I've biked about three times a week throughout Toronto, but we in Toronto can't touch Amsterdam when it comes to biking. Amsterdam has bike lanes everywhere, and it seems almost everyone uses them. There are bikes locked, and unlocked, along every street, at virtually every turn.
I thought Berlin did a fantastic job of installing bike lanes throughout the city, but Amsterdam has taken it to a whole different level. I love it.
I have a question for the hivemind.
Have you ever been to Amsterdam?
I'm looking to visit this summer and I'm curious as to what you'd recommend I do when I'm there. What do I have to see and do in Amsterdam?
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