Waals-Eilandsgracht near Amsterdam central station is well worth a visit. It’s a peaceful oasis even on a busy day in the city.
A series of uniform canal houses on Prinsengracht known as “The Seven Province Houses” (de zeven provinciën) built between 1714 and 1725. Each house bears one of the names of the seven provinces of the Dutch Republic in the 1700s. The builder Benjami Dutry was from Nobility and born in the province of Gelderland, which is why this is the centre-most and most ornate house.⠀
Now visitors can see firsthand what it’s like to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam. The boat named Hendrika Maria is located on the Prinsengracht. It borders the renowned Jordaan district and is just a short walk from the Anne Frank House & Westerkerk.
The museum which was set up by owner, Vincent van Loon, is set inside the houseboat. It’s equal in size to an average Amsterdam apartment and has penty of headroom. The visit gives a good insight into living conditions onboard an original 1950s houseboat.
Visitors are allowed to take photographs and an audio guide is available in English.
A short video clip of the tulip fields in Hillegom. Really close to the train station and well worth a visit. About 30 minutes from Amsterdam by train.
Cold but still beautiful in Amsterdam last night…
Warm summer light hitting the canal houses on Damrak near Central Station
Some visit Amsterdam and decided never to leave, like the Grey Heron which has established itself in the city over the last few decades.
Reguliersgracht is one of the must-see attractions in Amsterdam offering picture perfect views of canals and bridges. The intersection of Reguliersgracht and Keizersgracht features on many Amsterdam postcards.
The yellow canal boat on a peaceful spring evening in Amsterdam
Evening stroll in Amsterdam led me to Café Papeneiland on the corner of Brouwersgracht and Prinsengracht. One of the most scenic and peaceful neighbourhoods in the city centre.