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Amsterdam ...

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village on a river bed to its current role as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amsterdam has had a strong tradition as a center of culture and commerce.   Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.63 million international visitors annually, this is excluding the 16 million day trippers visiting the city every year.

July 23 ...








It began to rain heavily when we drove to Schiphol airport to return our rental car.  I started to worry about our planned activity (canoe trip) in the late afternoon in Amsterdam.  Luckily after we took the train to the Amsterdam city center, the rain had stopped and the sky had cleared up!









July 24 ...












July 25 ...












We walked through the famous (or infamous) Red Light District in the old Amsterdam.  We did see a few windows open for "display" and "business" (no pictures, of course). 


On the way back to our hotel, we found an Asian restaurant (Tasty Asia) and we finally enjoyed a simple but quite authentic Chinese food.


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