Enchanting spots: Amsterdam

I recently wrote an article on “The Most Impressive Tourist Attractions” and Sara, one of my readers, included a comment describing how she felt when she visited the Victoria Falls – it was a magical experience. Her honest, beautifully-worded comment got me thinking about all those enchanting places around the world that I’ve visited and how I felt at that particular moment. Her comment has inspired me to start a new velvet escape series called ‘Enchanting spots’.

One such enchanting spot is right here in my own backyard! I love Amsterdam, and especially its stunning canals. Built during the city’s Golden Age in the 17th century, the canals form a concentric belt around the city centre. The canals (more than 100 kilometers long and crossed by more than a thousand bridges!) and the gorgeous houses that line them are now one of the city’s prime attractions (and may soon be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site). Whenever I have friends visiting, I always take them out for a walking tour around the canals or hire a boat (a must-do in the summer!) for a leisurely canal cruise.


The Keizersgracht-Leidsegracht intersection


Me and Evelyn Hannon at my favourite spot in Amsterdam

My favourite canal-side spot to sit and take in the view is at the intersection of the Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht (‘gracht’ = canal). I love sitting on the railings of the bridge that crosses the Leidsegracht as it offers a gorgeous view of some of the most beautiful houses in Amsterdam as well as the tranquil waters of the intersecting canals (see the photo above). It really is a soothing spot and is especially beautiful in the evenings when the street and bridge lights cast a magical glow, and the reflection of the lights make the canals sparkle. I always take visitors to this spot, like my dear friend, Evelyn a.k.a. Journeywoman.

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8 Responses to “Enchanting spots: Amsterdam”

  1. velvet 02/06/2009 4:24 pm

    Thanks for your comment. Sure, give me a shout if you’re heading this way.


  2. Amy @ The Q Family 01/06/2009 9:24 pm

    I’m so glad to find your blog. We plan to visit Amsterdam in a couple years. Definitely, will ask for your inputs.

  3. velvet 31/05/2009 10:25 pm

    Amsterdam’s an amazing city that is a must-visit! You’ll love it. And you’ll have me as a guide! 🙂

  4. Solo Road Trip 31/05/2009 10:14 pm

    Regarding Amsterdam — I’ve never been, always wanted to go, your perspective inspires me to do so someday.


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