We spent my recent birthday there, staying on the Herengracht, one of the prettiest canals in Amsterdam, browsing around the markets and churches, enjoying the ambiance in the cafes, shops and restaurants, and admiring the art in the museums and galleries, chatting with the very friendly locals and hopping on and off trams whilst trying to avoid the bikes which seem to come flying from all directions!
Amsterdam has many faces and most of these photos were taken in the Nine Streets area near our hotel. This area is lovely by day...
... and by night. In the evenings, we would walk around the Nine Streets after dinner, admiring the stark winter-bare trees against the night sky and the lit-up windows of the beautiful old houses.
I was particularly fascinated by the shop windows, lit up at night and full of colour and life
A great city for a short break and one I look forward to revisiting one day.