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Amsterdam again this Waterlogue Wednesday. The name Falling Off Bicycles didn’t pop out of nowhere. Nope, it came to me one day when I was living in Amsterdam. I was doing a lot of soul-searching at that time, as well as a lot of writing. I was so inspired by all the charming scenes of bikes parked in front of cute scenes, I had decided to shoot them and create a site to share them. I didn’t know at that time what purpose these hundreds of photos would serve and how they would end up inspiring me to create a travel photography business eventually. Since that time six years ago, I haven’t been able to stop taking photos of parked bikes – in Amsterdam and elsewhere. I’ve since added bicycle photos from Paris, London, Rome, Gent, and many smaller cities. I have so many, I could never possibly share them all. So for now, please enjoy a few of my favorite recent ones. 😍
This Waterlogue Wednesday, we are continuing our tour through summer in this beautiful city. I tend to wander the grachtengordel (canal ring) the most, because I love the reflections and the views. But when I wander even a block off, sometimes I find the most extraordinary scenes like that rose arch. Just try for a moment to imagine the fragrance coming off that thing! This city really feeds my craving to explore every nook and cranny there is. 😍
More Amsterdam for this Waterlogue Wednesday. You’ve got a collection of some of my favorite recent photos from my wanderings through the city alone and with a friend, plus, a house for sale that I wouldn’t mind purchasing. Nope, not at all! How about all that beautiful red paint? And the overflowing red geranium flower boxes hanging on the beautiful gingerbread façade? Sigh. We’re fully into the best season in Amsterdam.
An Amsterdam Waterlogue Wednesday for you today to show you just how beautiful Amsterdam is when all the trees and vines leaf out. And I can never get enough of a solo parked bike!
If you’re headed to Amsterdam this summer, don’t miss Zaanse Schans, especially at sunset. Windmill heaven!
We’re celebrating Waterlogue Wednesday with a little tribute to the stunning Keukenhof Gardens today. This past Monday, May 16, marked the last day of the season at Keukenhof Botanical Gardens. You probably have heard of the spectacular tulip fields in Holland, but some don’t know about the stunning gardens not far from Schiphol Airport where the most beautiful tulip and flower displays bloom each year.
I first visited Keukenhof back in 2008, I believe. I convinced my Dutch boyfriend to go to this place that he was sure would be full of people 40+ years older than we were. I ignored his groans, as I had to see this place I had been reading about! What I saw that year and have seen many times since, I simply cannot put into words. The level of beauty in one place – both natural and man-designed is astonishing.
So, even though I did not get to go this year, I wanted to share a few images from Keukenhof in hopes of enticing eventual travelers to the Netherlands. This place is truly not to be missed.
Last week, I finally got back to Amsterdam for some girl time and some photo taking. 🙂 I have it with Paris, and I have it with Amsterdam… that giddy, butterfly-in-my-stomach feeling of excitement that I feel when I just love a place so much. My friend Davina and I met first thing at Cottoncake for a meal and a good chat. After lots of giggles and lots of photos various places throughout the concept store, we moved on to have a look at the other concept stores in de Pijp neighborhood. We found the cutest place as we wandered, a place I had heard of but not yet been to. Yay Amsterdam is a darling concept store with lots of fresh-ingredient dishes and juices. We had to have fresh coconut, though, for a refreshing boost on a super windy day.
As always, we had a grand old time wandering around together, laughing, chatting, and shooting.
Well, it took me long enough! After so many years in Paris always looking for the next great view from above, and having only found a couple of cool high-up views in Amsterdam, I finally decided to look into potential view spots in Amsterdam last year. Although there are no options like the Tour Montparnasse or the Eiffel Tower to boost you well over the surrounding buildings, there are a few decent options, namely in the city’s church towers. It wasn’t until this Spring, that I made it to the top of two of the towers. I can confirm that they are indeed Amsterdam’s best options for letting people enjoy those gorgeous gables from a higher perch. In June, I enjoyed views from the tops of the Oude Kerk in the Red Light District and the Westerkerk on Prinsengracht. Each tour includes local Dutchies giving 30 min. tours for about 7€ each.
This week’s Waterlogue features a couple of the views from the Westerkerk, which can be found at the crossing of Prinsengracht and Raadhuisstraat. The church is situated next to the block of houses where Anne Frank was in hiding with her family during World War II. The queue for the museum – not so visible in the watercolor – was longer than I have ever seen it when I was peering down; I suspect it’s among Amsterdam’s top five tourist destinations. A definite must for your visit to this beautiful city, but please make your reservations in advance!