On my final morning in Amsterdam, following breakfast, I walked through the Red Light District on my way to Centraal Station. This is an example of a marijuana shop (this was taken at night) and some of the red light prostitution houses. It is not allowed to take photos of the women, so these are taken first thing in the morning when the street is deserted.
Canal Picture on the way to Centraal Station
This is the classic spot to get an Amsterdam photo. Unfortunately my bedhead was not cooperating. Luckily, I have lots of pictures on the canals.
Amsterdam Centraal was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers and first opened in 1889. It features a Gothic, Renaissance Revival station building and a cast iron platform roof spanning approximately 40 meters. A major International railway hub, it is used by 162,000 passengers a day.
I most definitely got lost while looking for my train platform to Zaandam. Luckily, I found someone to help me!
I met Mackenzie in Zaandam in the morning. This is where Mackenzie lives and commutes into the city from. Green houses are a Zaandam tradition. Mackenzie let me borrow her bike and she rented one for herself, and we headed off to see Holland’s famous windmills.
We biked for about 30 minutes through the city of Zaandam to the Zaanse Schans Windmills. There were buses and buses of tourists who had come to see the windmills too.
While in Zaanse Schans – Hot Chocolate, Cheese, and Clogs
The area with the windmills is set up like a little tourist town. We locked up the bikes so that we could have some hot chocolate, eat unlimited free samples from the cheese factory, and visit the clog factory.
Public Transit to Tropenmuseum
I said goodbye to Mackenzie in Zaandam and headed back to Centraal Station. From there I finally figured out the city tram system to get myself to my final museum destination.
The Tropenmuseum is an ethnographic museum located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded in 1864. One of the largest museums in Amsterdam, the museum accommodates eight permanent exhibitions and an ongoing series of temporary exhibitions, including modern and traditional visual arts and photographic works.
When I arrived at the museum, the man said I was the first person to visit that day from the U.S., he explained that this museum is usually visited by locals.
Apple Pie from Winkel 43
My final tourist destination was to have a slice of pie from Winkel 43. I walked 30 minutes and waited in a long line to get my slice. It was easily the best ever and completely worth the hassle.
I had a fabulous time in Amsterdam exploring museums, grocery stores, restaurants, public transit, and tourist spots. I am not fond of the red light district, the herds of young men that I saw smoking marijuana and going to meet sex workers. I avoided this area as much as I could. Amsterdam is a beautiful city of culture, history, and art. I truly enjoyed seeing all these positive aspects of the city.
Until next time. Thank you for reading about my adventures in Amsterdam this weekend!