Amsterdam, Oh Amsterdam!

November 03, 2015

How do I describe Amsterdam in one word or phrase? I can’t  . It's  a  phantasmagoria of things and places.

 

The red light district, the centrum , or the  older inner city, the wooden shoes and tulips. The canals. The food.

 

I had been to Amsterdam and Holland before. I had stayed there 43 years ago as an art student on summer vacation

 

(see my Blog “The Story Behind the Photo”

 

http://www.stockopp.com/blog/2013/4/the-story-behind-the-photo  ) .

 

Now, I was older and more aware of the history of Holland and Amsterdam . And Amsterdam was much more than

 

those cute houses :

 

Houses in AmsterdamHouses in Amsterdam

 

I was lucky enough to see SAIL Amsterdam 2015 when I was there and to see the Tall Ships:

 

SAIL Amsterdam Ship 1SAIL Amsterdam Ship 1

 

But Amsterdam is not just big surprises and cute abodes, it's also the everyday transformed into the extraordinary like a dog being walked where strangers meet and talk:

 

Walking the Dog in AmsterdamWalking the Dog in Amsterdam

 

It's about the visual absurdity of Juxtaposition:

 

Amsterdam - Large  Model, Small BikersAmsterdam - Large Model, Small Bikers

 

It's about the wonderful food:

 

Brunch- AmsterdamBrunch- Amsterdam

 

The sightseeing:

 

Just Rolling AlongJust Rolling Along

 

 

And the flowers. Oh, the flowers:

 

Flowers 5Flowers 5

 

See more of my photographic travelogue in Amsterdam, the Hague, and Cologne on this website  www.stockopp.com and click the Galleries:

 

Amsterdam  , Food in Holland ,The Hague, Netherlands , and Cologne, Germany .

 

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