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- Posted:Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Got to Amsterdam after a long morning and left behind the rain and wind at Dublin Airport… or so I thought! After a short enough flight and even shorter train journey, I got to Centraal Station, the hub of all of Amsterdam’s transport. I’m staying at St. Christopher’s at the The Winston which is just around the corner from Dam Square – a great central location for all the sights!
In order to get my bearings I went for the stroll around the area in the scorching heat and took in the sites of Dam Square, the Royal Palace which unfortunately is surrounded by scaffolding at the moment so not ideal for any scenic video shots! There are so many little side streets and cobbled laneways all over the city but a great way to walk around Amsterdam is by the many canals – and they’re also a great means of finding where you are on the map! After a quick bite to eat from one of the many kiosks and stands selling all types of food on the side of the streets, I was off walking by the canals again. I found myself at the Bloemenmarkt or Flower Market. This was once a market area for flowers with floating stalls along the canal however many of these are now permanent fixtures. This is a popular area that is also really colourful and full of interesting flowers and plants. Well worth a walk through!
Not to far from here is one of Amsterdam’s many squares, Rembrandtplein. This is a lovely little square with a monument to Rembrandt and lots of seating. It is also surrounded by lots of little cafes and bars with terraces and street performers. After here, I went to make my way towards the Anne Frank House and Museum but as the skies got greyer with every canal I passed I suddenly found myself stuck in the middle of a downpour with thunder and lightening. Turns out the weather in Amsterdam is a as tempermental as home, so I decided to go back to my hostel. It’s still raining as I write this but I’m going to venture out for some dinner and hope it clears up for a while!