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As you can guess by now, because I've praised everything about Europe so far, I also like the Netherlands. Paris and Bruges are beautiful, but Amsterdam is a place I could live in. Familiar food, reasonable prices (except for housing), a compact downtown, and really nice locals. It's a shame that everyone thinks of easy drugs and working girls, because if you aren't looking for them you won't see them. Amsterdam is comfortable from day one. All pictures are August 2012.

If You Go
Amsterdam has American-style malls and lots of street shops, and it was the best place for shopping on our trip (France, Belgium, Netherlands). I liked the streets that spike off the downtown Markt the best. A lot of people head for the Anne Frank museum, but every time we walked past it there was a long line. I think if time is limited there are better things to see. Go to Moeder's for supper if you have any doubts that the Dutch can cook.

Ken's Guide to Amsterdam Cafés
This coffee shop, with traditional script and an outdoor patio, probably does not sell 'root beer.' "Cheech & Chong's" coffee shop, with a windowless upstairs and a Jamaican flag, may.



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Kwakerstraat Canal
August 2012
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Dam Puppet Show
August 2012
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Dam Square
August 2012
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Leaving by Train
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Kwakerstraat Canal, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Clercqstraat, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Clercqstraat Canal, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Rosengracht Tram Cables,
  Amsterdam › August 2012. Costakade Canal, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Moeders, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Downtown Signs, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Herengracht Canal, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Prinzengracht Canal, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Westerkirk Tower, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Prinzengracht North View,
  Amsterdam › August 2012. Prinzengracht Boat, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Prinzengracht Arch, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Keizergracht Canal, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Amsterdam New Church, Amsterdam
  › August 2012. Dam Square View, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. King's Palace, Dam, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Dam Bicycles, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Dam Buskers, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Dam Puppet Show, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. View of Nieuwendijk from Diner,
  Amsterdam › August 2012. Nieuwendijk Street, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Seed Store Cat, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Dam View East, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Rokin South View, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Rokin Canal, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Doelensluis, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Muntplein, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Bloemenmarkt Flowers, Amsterdam
  › August 2012. Antwerp Train Station Clock ›
  August 2012. Antwerp Station › August 2012. Antwerp Street › August 2012. Stairway, Kersten's B&B,
  Amsterdam › August 2012. Kwakerstraat Night View,
  Amsterdam › August 2012. Vondelpark View, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Arts Center, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Cheese Shop, Amsterdam › August
  2012. Dinner at Moders, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Costakade Canel in Evening,
  Amsterdam › August 2012. Nassaukade Canal, Amsterdam ›
  August 2012. Church of St. Nicholas,
  Amsterdam › August 2012. Amsterdam Train Station › August
  2012. Train Leaving Amsterdam › August
  2012. Bilderdijk & Canals Back Side › August
  2012. Nassaukade Calm › August
  2012. Lijnsbaansgracht › August
  2012. Kwakerstraat Evening Glow › August
  2012. Leidseplein Tram Tracks › August
  2012. Nieuwezijds Buildings › August
  2012. Bilderdijk Dusk Blue › August
  2012. Potterierei Green Waters › August
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