The title of this post comes from the name of a lovely old Dutch song, “On the Amsterdam Canals.” The sort of old song you will hear sung by people in the wee hours of the night, but anyway, the first bit of the chorus roughly goes:
On the Amsterdam canals
I pledge my heart forever
Amsterdam fills my mind
The most beautiful city in our country…
Indeed. I’ve been here nearly a year, and am fairly convinced that this is not just the prettiest city in the Netherlands but maybe even the entire world!
But anyway, one of my most favorite things about Amsterdam is the view from my apartment, namely sitting out on the little balcony and watching the world go by. In Amsterdam, this translates into a lot of boats- big tourist boats, little old wooden ones, and pretty much everything in between you can imagine. (This boating is not at all like the sort one does in the USA as you’re not allowed to have a wake- instead it’s more of a cruising while enjoying drinks and snacks with friends sort of boating.) Some of the boat traffic is particularly amusing for various reasons, necessitating a picture, so here is the best of the canal traffic I’ve seen over the past year for interested parties-
The legendary clog boat! Which I saw once just after I moved but didn’t think to take a picture, was kicking myself for several months that I hadn’t taken said picture, but finally spotted at the end of May. Whew!
The living room boat- this guy actually keeps his boat one canal over, I’ve seen him several times.
This picture was taken in the middle of winter and I’m not sure what it’s about- I suspect the group needed a picture for something?
Lots of strange boats on Queen’s Day filled with revelers…
All those people in Amsterdam
All those lights late at night on the square
No one can wish for more
Than an Amsterdammer!