Of all the icons associated with Amsterdam, most symbolic for me are bicycles and canals. One of my favorite things to do in Amsterdam is walk along the canals and see all the fascinating buildings, narrow and tall, with their ornate gables and facades. It’s fun to see dates from hundreds of years ago inscribed on many of them. Bicycles are everywhere and you quickly learn to watch out for them because bicyclists zip around almost as fast as the cars!
You may have noticed I really like art. That’s why I was so excited to visit Rembrandt’s home, now a museum, in Amsterdam. Rembrandt lived and worked here in the mid-1600’s. You can walk through the rooms which are chock-full of his art, props and furniture. I watched a demonstration in his studio of how he made his own paints by grinding pigments (many earth-based) and adding oils. There was also an interesting demo of the etching process he used to create his finely detailed prints. In the lower photo you can see a reproduction of one of Rembrandt’s most famous etchings, “The Three Trees”.
This is a slideshow of pictures I took in Amsterdam and Haarlem, featuring the floating flower market, cheese, architecture, canals, Rembrandt’s House and some museums.