Amsterdam is a fascinating and invigorating place. I was last there in 2003, way too many years ago, but I definitely want to go back! This is the first time I’ve featured something from KNYCX’s blog, which brings you the color and flavor of many exotic and fascinating corners of the world. This is a great read to get the feel of Amsterdam, and there are some terrific photos too.

Amsterdam #2I remembered that the center of Amsterdam was packed with tourists and filled with excitement when I was there. The entire city center was like a party. In between the canals, historic buildings, and artistic vibe, every taboo was out in the open and it could be an “Eye Wide Shut” experience for some. The Red Light District, which is locally and internationally significant as one of the oldest venues of visible and legal urban prostitution, was right outside the Amsterdam Central. Sex was in the air. The district embraces the historic Oude Church, while sex shops, bars, and brothels, lined up right along the canals and streets. I saw prostitutes flaunting in front of the window and luring young men to enter; a visit to a sex toy store wasn’t such a secretive and embarrassing thing. It felt free, even liberating.

There might be a lot of sex museums in the world but don’t miss the Sexmuseum Amsterdam. It was opened in 1985 and it is one of the most visited museums in the city. I think the museum is a celebration of the city’s openess but showcasing a lot, and really, a lot of sex. I took a lot of photos but decided not to show them here or I might turn my blog into a porn site. But well, treat the exhibit with a good sense of humor, and a great respect for history, and sex.

Amsterdam #8I was exploring the city on foot that day and I had a great time. Places like the Rijksmuseum and van Gogh Museums were definitely eye opening and impressive. The Rijksmuseum is the biggest museum in the country with more than 1 million objects in its collections – mainly paintings from the Dutch “Golden Age” in the 17th century. Big names include Johannes VermeerRembrandt van RijnFrans Hals, and more. Their paintings, in fact, could be found in almost every major classical art museums in the world. The architecture of the museum was impressive; it was designed by Pierre Cuypers and officially opened to art lovers in 1885. Now, the building was not only a landmark of art but also a landmark of the “I AMsterdam” brand. During the holidays, both locals and visitors could enjoy all kinds of “Amsterdam excitement” starting their day rolling on the lawn in the Museum square, enjoying the park or the wading pool under warm and glorious sunshine. (For more about my favorite classical art galleries in the world, visit My Top 10 Classical Art Galleries (1))

Amsterdam #6

While I was walking, I saw an orchestra performing in a courtyard and their music was so uplifting and I just sat there and enjoyed it for half an hour.

Why do buildings in Amsterdam Lean?

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