I warn you right from the start that this post has nothing at all to do with sewing. Sadly i have had no time for any crafting this week, due to a work trip to Amsterdam over the Bank Holiday weekend. I did wear my finished Crescent Skirt, (which i still love!) however sadly there are no photos to document this!
I really liked the city of Amsterdam. I have been once before, 5 years ago at the start of an inter-railing trip, however i was less impressed that time, possibly because the weather was cold and grey, and it turns out that we didn't actually see an awful lot of the city. This time, around the massive amounts of science i was required to ingest, we did get a chance to have a bit of a wander, and i really liked what i saw. Here are a few pictures for you...
As you may be able to see from the pictures, there are LOTS of bikes in Amsterdam. And i mean lots (and i grew up in Cambridge - Amsterdam has more!). The city is really well set up for biking too, with cycle paths everywhere. This was something i really liked - if only cities in England were so well set up for cycling, i would definitely do it more. One thing that struck me was that i didn't see one person wearing a helmet the whole time i was there - quite a difference for someone used to the British obsession with health and safety (not that everyone here, or probably even most people, wear a cycle helmet on a regular basis). Amsterdam is much more relaxed. I was very amused to see people cycling along holding an umbrella in one hand on a rainy day. I also saw quite a few young children in cute little wagons being pulled by the bikes - adorable! As a consequence of the popularity of cycling, as well as the fact they have trams, the roads seemed a lot less busy, even at rush hour, which can only be a good thing! So definitely a thumbs up for Amsterdam. If only they would adopt my two favourite beverages (Tea and Cider, the former was mostly shelved or substandard in place of coffee, and the later i failed to find anywhere) i could definitely live there :)
Has anyone else been to Amsterdam? What did you think? Which European cities would you most like to live in?