Most tourists want to stay at hotels in the canal ring district of Amsterdam and spend their time visiting the major museums.
I enjoy spending much of my time in Amsterdam walking around along the canals of Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.
Brouwersgracht was named for the 16th and 17th c breweries and is a perpendicular canal to the four main canal rings.
I also like spending time walking residential neighborhoods and green spaces outside the 17th century canal rings.
Amsterdam is one city where Kelley and I think we could live. As adults, Kelley and I have never lived in a city with more than 50,000 residents.
Amsterdam purposely developed by design over the past century to accommodate social living for residents in the most densely populated country in Europe.
Mercatorplein in West Amsterdam was designed in 1925. The area was remodeled in 1990s to restore many of the Amsterdam School architectural features.
The Amsterdam School (Dutch: Amsterdamse School) is a style of architecture that arose from 1910 through about 1930 in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam School movement is part of international Expressionist architecture, sometimes linked to German Brick Expressionism.
Buildings of the Amsterdam School are characterized by brick construction with complicated masonry with a rounded or organic appearance, relatively traditional massing, and the integration of an elaborate scheme of building elements inside and out: decorative masonry, art glass, wrought ironwork, spires or “ladder” windows (with horizontal bars), and integrated architectural sculpture. The aim was to create a total architectural experience, interior and exterior.
After nearly 20 years and a few dozen trips to Amsterdam, residential neighborhoods, like those along Apollolaan in Zuid (South) around Hilton Amsterdam, and De Baarsjes in West Amsterdam near Ramada Apollo Amsterdam are quite appealing to me.
When Kelley and I walked along this canal near Rembrandtpark Amsterdam, I thought to myself, this would be a nice place to live.
Dirk van den Broek supermarket at Mercatorplein and Albert Heijn at Marco Polostraat would be my local grocery stores.
Many of the streets in this part of Amsterdam West were named for global explorers.
Hudsonhof is named for explorer Henry Hudson 1550-1611.
The 1928 Olympic Stadium is an example of Amsterdam School architecture. Kelley said she wanted to visit the Olympic Stadium and Rijksmuseum this trip. We never reached either of those places in 4 full days wandering the city. I visited the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh last year to see works by the Dutch masters and the lost soul.
Loyalty Traveler – Netherlands Annual Museum Card 60EUR (Feb 6, 2016).
I have passed by the Olympic Stadium several times on the airport bus, but still have not been inside for a tour.
Amsterdam is a city I enjoy exploring. Each trip has me wanting to stay longer. Most of Amsterdam exists outside the Canal Rings. There are still many aspects of the city I am discovering, even after around 9 months in cumulative weeks in Amsterdam since 2000.
Amsterdam is a vibrant, energetic city. The architecture and beauty of the historic canal district of Amsterdam, the museums, entertainment around Leidesplein, coffeshops and bars of Haarlemmerstraat, Spui and the Red Light District with their windows revealing prostitutes can be enticing to some tourists and overwhelming for others.
Yet, the residential neighborhoods away from the main tourist areas are truly designed for social living. These are the places in Amsterdam I have come to appreciate deeply over the years.
Goats and horses in Rembrandtpark, Amsterdam.
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