WHERE I WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL

I would love to travel to Amsterdam in Netherlands.Why not your typical New York City, Paris or Milan? I love having a taste of different things so I believe Amsterdam has a lot to offer, the interesting cultural&historical facts, I love different cultures, their origins fascinate me.

A brief history.

Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is The Hague.Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme indicative of the city’s origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in  trade During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds.

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From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe,indeed it is absolutely stunning. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity it has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife,Breathtaking views from all angles, international restaurants, good transport,but is quiet(my favorite element peace&tranquility)  and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience ( I can’t even ride a bicycle but I would definitely learn)

Did i mention that my grandmother has been to Amsterdam for an Infection Control Conference in 2002&2006.She remembers her trip like it was yesterday,one thing she keeps on saying is “Oh!what an amazing&beautiful place&very safe”. I also need to witness&capture its beauty.What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment,divine. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that visitors find unique.

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The city has the highest museum density in the world and is home to cultural highlights, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch. Other well known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House as well as coffee shops.

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Amsterdam offers diverse world-class entertainment. A variety of Amsterdam entertainment is staged in hundreds of venues throughout the city. There is also plenty of low-cost entertainment in Amsterdam like festivals, canal boat cruises. The city is well known and visited for its Amsterdam nightlife. A multitude of street performers and live bands in bars and cafes completes this rich scene of Amsterdam nightlife.

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Amsterdam has the most important cultural and artistic centre to the north from Paris and between London and Cologne. Art galleries play a major role on the rich cultural scene of Amsterdam along with theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, design centers, and periodical events such as cultural festivals and art fairs. Especially the galleries in which seek to present the most recent and experimental in paintings, graphics, photography, new Medias, are well represented in Amsterdam.The galleries there are a  representation of the excellent Dutch painters, artistic craft continued with pride in this small country, which throughout ages has given the world civilization several of its biggest painters.

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Amnesia coffee shop caught my eye.Its a small coffee shop with dark red interior, nice hanging red lights and mellow music that sets the mood.  On a sunny day it’s a great spot to sit outside and watch the boats on the Herengracht. Interesting menu with some lesser known varieties (some of them 100% organic) and friendly staff who will take time to explain.Perfect relaxation spot.

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Amsterdam has over 1000 restaurants catering for the tastes, needs and budgets of even the discerning tourist or Amsterdammer. Dining in this diverse and vibrant city can range from fast food to haute cuisine with every nation faithfully represented. The city boasts stylish and top quality restaurants as well as traditional Amsterdam cafés, Dutch pancake houses, steakhouses and seafood outlets… the list is simply endless. To satisfy the palate, wherever and whenever

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And of course the fashion,Amsterdam has got talent on the fashion scene. From the club scene to the catwalk, the city is a source of inspiration for stylish individuals.

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Even if your budget prevents you from shopping for exclusive designs, there are plenty of more affordable ways to soak up Amsterdam’s fashionable vibe.There is also the foremost Dutch fashion event, Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam (AFW) is held twice a year, in January and July. It showcases  young, talented fashion designers. The Fashion Week has it’s own unique Amsterdam twist: in addition to catwalk shows, there are plenty of impromptu events are parties downtown where the average bystander can mingle with the fashion elite. They also host additional exhibitions and lectures that are open to the public. What’s more, reaching out to all fashion fans during FashionWeek.

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There is also a place called Compact in Amsterdam its a great place to go shopping for international brands, as well as up-and-coming Dutch designers. The Museum District (around the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum) is home to the majority of Amsterdam’s luxury boutiques and designer stores. Put on your sunglasses and stroll nonchalantly down the P.C. Hooftstraat – Amsterdam’s most upscale and exclusive shopping street. Along three short blocks you’ll find the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Renowned Dutch couturiers Frans Molenaar, Mart Visser, Victor & Rolf, Percy Irausquin, Jan Taminiau, Sheila de Vries are also completely at home in “the P.C.” and in the upmarket Cornelis Schuytstraat.

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Amsterdam offers a lot in different sceneries so you can catch the beauty of the dutchess.

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