Amsterdam

I just went to Amsterdam for 4 days and before the trip I have read through hundreds of reviews from different websites before I actually booked the hotel.  My criteria when choosing hotels are : Location, Cleanliness, Price.

If I go to a place where I am going to spend a lot of time in the hotel, e.g. Hawaii, Krabi etc. I would not mind to pay more for a 5 star hotel or resort. Whereas if I am going to a city which I have never been to ( which means I will spend most of the time outside the hotel exploring the place), I would settle for a nice small 3 – 4 star hotel in good location.  So for Amsterdam, I was searching for hotels in city centre which cost around 150 euro per night.

Maybe I chose the ‘peak season’ in the month of August, most hotels were either full or cost around 180 euro to 250 euro.  But finally I found one hotel in Leidseplein area.  The hotel is located in a small side street from the main road and therefore it ensures that I can have a good night rest.  The airport bus stop is merely 4 – 5 mins walk away and so are the tram stops.  Within 5 minutes walk, there are loads of restaurants and bars and both the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are only 10 – 15 mins away.  I think I have made a good choice 😉

Amsterdam is a very beautiful city and it is just as I have imagined (from all the pics I have seen).  It is very cosmopolitan and most of the Dutch do speak English.  The city is full of canals and all the houses alongside the canals are 3 to 4 storeys high.  The architecture is indeed unique and whimsical.

canal

Most of the houses are very small and I was told that was because people used to pay taxes according to the width of the facade of the houses.  So in order to pay less taxes, houses were built small but deep.  Usually on the gable roofs outside, you will see pulleys .  As the stairs were very narrow and steep, people had to make use of the pulleys from the outside to load the furnitures and heavy goods inside the house.  Most of these little houses were built with the outer wall slanted inwards from the base to ensure easy loading.

Houses w/ pulleys

Houses w/ slanted exterior walls

I found out that many doors and window sills were even and nonsymmetrical, maybe it was due to the effect of the marijuana 😛

notice the slanted walls

uneven walls and windows

 

notice how the light yellow house slanting towards the right?

 

uneven doors and windows

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