Stepping off of the train and into the city of Amsterdam, I was struck by a visually gray surrounding. A foggy mist swirled through the train station as passengers exited and entered the transport. The gray wintery weather cast a shadow onto the black roads, cobblestone sidewalks, old architecture, and cloudy canal water.
The gray picture of Amsterdam first sketched in my mind was soon filled with color. Within being in Amsterdam for a mere 30 minutes, I saw kindness exuding from the locals. With a smile on her face a woman at the train station gave us (me & 3 traveling buddies) tips on local transport around the city. Reading our lost faces, another woman stopped, got off of her bike, and gave us directions to our hotel. Yet another individual went out of his way to steer us once again in the direction of our lodging.
My encounter with Amsterdam was filled with beautiful color over the three days of my stay.
Brilliant hues were evident in the flowers sold by street vendors and store front flower shops.
Chandeliers were another bright motif I saw throughout the cafes and retail outlets (this is a picture of a chandelier in my hotel).
Bikes were everywhere! The people of Amsterdam are very beautiful and fit.
The Van Gogh Museum was wonderful. This is an image of the artist’s experimentation with bright, contrasting colors.
I fell in love with this jacket. It is made by a Dutch designer named Daite.
My time is Amsterdam was wonderful! The sun even made an appearance before we made our trip back to London.
Incredible contrast of the brick church walls with the bright stained glass window…see the blue skies!
My next excursion is set for Windsor Castle and Oxford & Stratford!