After stepping out of the secure airport zone, I got some Euros out of the ATM and bought a train ticket from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station. I locked up my rolling luggage at the train station and noted where to buy my ticket to Eindhoven.
Centraal Station is a beautiful neo-Renaissance building.
Across the canal is St Nicolaaskerk, the main Catholic church in Amsterdam.
Man that’s a lot of bikes.
The streets and canals of Amsterdam.
Gables hide sharp and oddly pitched roofs. The hook on a hoist beam can become a handy manual elevator pulley wheel system to move bulky goods inside without going up precariously steep staircases.
Swans in the canal.
Beurs van Berlage, the former stock exchange by H.P. Berlage, the Father of Modern Dutch Architecture, which I think happens to be where Occupy Wall Street Amsterdam is camping out.
I walked to Oude Kerk (Old Church), the city’s oldest building which just happened to be in the center of the Red Light District. Even during mid-morning, there were lingerie-wearing prostitutes standing in their storefronts and doorways. The church’s patron saint watches over prostitutes.
Canal houses. There are 165 canals in Amsterdam.
Trippenhuis is a grey-stone mansion with 8 Corinthian pilasters across 2 houses for each Trip brother, complete with mortar-shaped chimneys.
Dam Square is at the original location of the dam built over Amstel. Dam is home to Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).
Magna Plaza shopping center.
Bartolotti House, a red-brick façade that follows bend in canal.
I walked back to the Dam to try and figure out how the very new tram payment system works, but a beggar began hassling me to buy a ticket from him so I decided to walk to my next destination instead.
Stumbled upon Rembrandt Square.
The canal ring along Amstel. The iconic Magere Burg (Skinny Bridge) is a quaint drawbridge.