Relaxing on the Canal

Amsterdam, Netherlands

There are a two things (among many) that one remembers after visiting Amsterdam, namely canals and bikes. While the canals are not quite as numerous as Venice, Amsterdam is often referred to as the "Venice of the North". This friendly city is home to almost 62 miles of canals, with 1,500 bridges connecting the 90 islands that are part of Amsterdam. Many of the canals are lined with bars and restaurants that create unique settings. On this afternoon, we stopped at a bar and had a few drinks, taking in this view. The light and shadow on the building, the bikes along the one bridge in sight, and the swan swimming serenely made this a scene that screamed photo.