Winter 2013. I visited Amsterdam for 3 days between Christmas and New Year. Even though the weather wasn’t great, freezing cold, greyish with plenty of rain on the first day, I managed to see and capture as much as I could of the capital of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is well known for its canals, which surround the main center of the city. Construction of some of the canals started as far back as the 15th century, but the most famous ‘grachten’, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, were constructed in the 17th century.

The canals used to have several purposes: Transport, defense and water management, however, the canals are now mainly used as a tourist attraction.

Boats on gracht in Amsterdam

Amsterdam bicycles on top of bridge

Amsterdam Gracht Bridge late afternoon

Horse and carriage in Amsterdam

Heineken Brewery Amsterdam

Windmill in Amsterdam

Dam Square Amsterdam

Cutting Diamonds Amsterdam

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Hi! I'm a Belgian travel blogger currently living in Vancouver, Canada after living in the UK for 7 years. I have a keen interest in responsible travel, volunteering and archaeology and I'm always on the lookout for new adventures around the world!

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  1. Hey Lies,

    Great photos! I have been trying to think of where to go for my next European getaway, and flights to Amsterdam are quite cheap. I loved the cycling culture in Copenhagen, so would be keen to experience this in Amsterdam too one day.

    Abbi

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