Amsterdam, Netherlands - Polarsteps
Amsterdam is the capital city of The Netherlands, but also the city of temptation with the legalization of cannabis and the variety of prostitutes at the red light district. Amsterdam has more coffee shops where you can buy cannabis then normal coffee shops where you can buy a regular cup of coffee. Amsterdam is also famous for the many canals and bridges. Did you know there are more canals and bridges in Amsterdam than in Venice?
We first had a look at the town square, where the Royal palace is. When the Queen retired a couple years ago, and our new king got introduced, they did that at that palace. The ceremony was in the church next to the palace.
After this we walked to the famous flower markets. At the base of the flower markets we saw the "munttoren". The tower was originally part of the Regulierspoort, one of the main gates in Amsterdam's medieval city wall. The gate, built in the years 1480, consisted of two towers and a guard house. The flower markets is one long street where locals but mainly tourist can buy tulip bolls, seeds and flowers in a wide variety.
After a long walk we stopped at one of the snack walls to have a little Dutch snack. Here in The Netherlands, the snack wall provides a variety of typical Dutch fried fast food, such as frikandellen and croquettes, but also burgers and sandwiches, that are back-loaded from a kitchen. Just throw in coins, open a window and enjoy your snack.
After this quick break we went for a nice walk through the city park to escape from all the hectic. From here we had a look at Amsterdams most expensive shopping street, called; PC Hooftstraat. Often you will find celebrities here but unfortunately we had no luck that day so we continued walking to the Museum square where we took some photos of the IAMsterdam sign and in front the Rijksmuseum which is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt.
Our last stop was the red light district. It consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red light.
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