VIEWS OF AMSTERDAM

August 25, 2017

CANALS, BIKES AND AN ABANDONED TOILET

BY

MARGARET MENDEL

This summer we decided to travel the region of the Baltic Sea. We started our journey in Amsterdam. A perfect choice. The morning we arrived in Amsterdam the weather was perfect. It wasn’t the weather that impressed me, but the magic and beauty of this city totally overwhelmed me.CANAL AND FLOWERSThe canals, spreading throughout Amsterdam, gives the city a delightful sense that it is suspended in ribbons of water. The sky reflects across the deep-green canals. Clouds travel across the slowly moving tides, buildings reflecting, trembling in the wake of passing boats.  LAND OF BIKES AND WATERThis city is a serious mix of water and bikes making an interesting sense of quiet. The clutter of traffic, the honking, the deep belly rumble of a busy city, in Amsterdam is reduced to a sweet hum.FAMILY FRIENDLYWhether riding tandem or traveling in an attachment on the bike, the family errands are run, the kids in tow, rain or shine. DAD AND KIDSIt is not unusual to see a family traveling along the streets, a bundle of kids bouncing along in a special attachment. In the lovely summer afternoon light, the kids amuse themselves, talking, playing games or sitting patiently watching the passing scenery.DINNER ALONGSIDE THE CANALThere are a few restaurants that serve the diners on tables set along the edge of the canal. In the summer the air is fresh, the evening temperature delightfully cool and comfortable. Quiet conversation, the rippling water, a setting sun, what more could you want for a romantic evening dining experience.ENJOYING A BOTTLE OF WIND DOCKSIDEThere are other places along the canals that cost nothing more than a bottle of wine, a crusty baguette of bread and a hunk of cheese to make the evening perfect. The sunset, always the star of a dining experience needs no fancy menu to be pleasing. PONTUNE PARTYThe canal offers more than romantic dining. There are excursions for the serious and sophisticated, with champaign and exquisite nibbles. Then there is the water experience for the couch-potato with comfortable lounging, chips and a bottle of an Amsterdam beer. EVENING CRUISEThe visitor, and resident alike, has the option of taking a small quiet trip along the canals. The soft putter of the motor boat, the amazing views, what a great way to spend the evening.GRAFITTI AND IVYThere are visual surprises along the canals. Banski like art, displayed on an opening in an ivy strewn wall was a delightful, surprising bit of entertainment. In Amsterdam, art is both very old, dating back to the masters of the Renaissance, while at the same time keeping pace with the contemporary taste.   BIKES AND BLOOMSEven a parked bike can be a still life.  TIME AND A DISCARDED TOILETWhile strolling along one of the canals we happened upon a contemporary piece of art that Andy Worhol would have scarfed up in a heartbeat; a discarded toilet and clock. I’m sure there is a story, a reason why these items sit on the walkway. Perhaps, and I have no idea if this is the case, it might have been near time for the trash-collectors to make their rounds.   SUNSETAmsterdam sits in my mind like a cool stream of jazz; soft, low notes, lazily tripping across a melody, forming a magic only experienced by the senses.

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22 Responses to VIEWS OF AMSTERDAM

  1. thelma straw on August 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Marge, this is a charming piece….. I was in Amsterdam many eons ago… and recall that the door of the john in the museum wd not lock… funny the odd bits the brain recalls. T. J. Straw

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Hi Thelma, I’m still on the road. We’ve been traveling through the Baltic area and now we back to Amsterdam to finish off our trip. The memory has a wonderful way of take one journey and experiencing it over and over. Some memories fall into an a abyss, while other experiences lay in waiting, ready to delight the traveler when they least expect it. So glad this blog post brought back to you this long ago interesting experience.

  2. amreade on August 25, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I just copied this post into a folder I keep of ideas for traveling in Europe. Excellent photos! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Hi, I’m so glad that you found this post interesting enough to file away for you next travels to Europe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a very delightful comment.

  3. Sharon on August 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Wow! Amazing place you are visiting!

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Yep, Sharon this is one amazing place. I gathered enough ‘stuff’ and ‘photos’ to do quite a bit of blogging. This has really been a fun trip. We have not had internet most of the time and now I’m some place where I can relax, read, tour, eat out and just keep being amazed by what I see. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. Petra on August 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Wonderful to read your impressions about Amsterdam. You made me want
    to visit this charming place. Wishing you and yours a lovely
    trip, Margaret

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Hi Petra, So glad that you enjoyed this Amsterdam blog post. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment.

  5. Susan Bernhardt on August 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I love this, Margaret. Gorgeous photographs.

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Hi Susan, Thanks for you great comment about my photos. Next to writing, photography is my other love. How is the writing going? Best regards and thanks for stopping by.

      • Susan Bernhardt on September 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

        I would choose photography as one of my loves also, although my photos don’t quite look like yours. Travel would be another. I have a mystery coming out in November.

        • Pushing Time on September 13, 2017 at 8:14 am

          Thanks for the nice comment about my photography. I’ve been doing it a very long time and it has become second nature for me to take my camera along with me wherever I go. I love traveling. Very exciting to have a new novel nearly here! Yeaaa!!

  6. Claudia/Todfi on August 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Love it. I have heard from other visitors how charming this area is. I can hardly wait fir your blog on the old section of astolholm. Great travel experience to you and Steve. Enjoy this adventure!

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Hi Toddi, Amsterdam has a lot of interesting sections and we’ve been walking our legs off. Yes, the old section of Amsterdam is really amazing. I will be posting blogs about that section and many more areas of this very old town. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  7. Susan G Sermoneta on August 26, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Your photos are beautiful – my favorite is the still life with bicycle and flower, though. What a relaxing trip this sounds like.

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Hi Susan, There are so many scenes in Amsterdam, some fleeting and gone before I could get the camera turned on. Yes, this is a relaxing trip, but to see everything we’ve been walking our legs off.

  8. Anne McCormick on August 27, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful, Marge….what a great “report;” It takes me back to a long ago visit in Amsterdam.
    Thanks!
    Anne

    • Pushing Time on August 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Hi Anne, I’m so glad that you enjoyed this Amsterdam blog post. I have gathered a lot of info to keep me busy writing for quite a while. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment.

  9. Mary Segarra on August 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Wow Marge,
    Thank you for transporting me with your amazing pictures and
    Lyrical commentary. I was sitting in my office on this grey and unusually cool day but was transported to a wonderful place for a little while. Look forward to seeing more pictures when you get back.
    Mary

    • Pushing Time on August 29, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Hi Mary, I’m so glad I was able to transport you with this Amsterdam blog. We have had shaky internet during most of our trip so there is a time lag. We are now at the end of our journey, leaving in two days for the USA. See you soon, though I Know you are going to be traveling soon, too. See you when I see you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a delightful comment.

  10. Jeri Fink on August 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Amsterdam doesn’t change! It’s a special place with a special character and you’ve pictured it beautifully.

    • Pushing Time on September 4, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks Jeri, It was a very fun trip. Lots to see and many museums to visit. Thanks for stopping by and leaving this great comment.

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