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When one thinks about Amsterdam travel the misconception tends to be that the only things worth seeing are the coffee shops and the red light district, but nothing could be further from the truth;  this was my 5th visit to Amsterdam and the diversity still impresses me.

A 5th visit may sound like a bit much but since I have family in the city I try to drop in as often as I can.

My uncle emigrated to Amsterdam many years ago to open a Chinese restaurant and to raise his family, many of my cousins still live in the city and they represent what Amsterdam/Holland is today; a diverse culture.  When walking around the city you’ll hear many different languages, it’s just as likely to be coming from locals, not just from tourists.

The other thing that keeps me coming back to Amsterdam is the lifestyle.  Everyone here is just chilled out, time literally slows down when in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam has a lot to offer including; Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and yes the red light district is the most famous attraction but you should know that this area is quite safe since it really is a tourist attraction.  I’ve never felt in any danger while wandering the streets of the red light district but common sense should always be used.

The main thing about Amsterdam that catches many tourists off guard is the food.  The food is very expensive and portions are quite small compared to North America.  A large sized drink here would be considered a small or medium in Canada.  This was quite the opposite from Istanbul and Budapest where prices were much lower.

I will say this, Holland has the best fries in the world.

If you want to learn more about Amsterdam; Jan from Netherlands-tourism has a free guidebook available for download. You can also pickup discount Amsterdam tickets and discount Rotterdam tickets via my affiliate links.

Enjoy the rest of my Amsterdam travel blog through these pictures.

Centraal station is the heart of Amsterdam, if you're in the city you will pass by here

Centraal station is the heart of Amsterdam, if you’re in the city you will pass by here

Whenever I come to Amsterdam, Manneken Pis is the first place I go to for fries

Whenever I come to Amsterdam, Manneken Pis is the first place I go to for fries

Amsterdam is famous for their canals, as you can see they are gorgeous

Amsterdam is famous for their canals, as you can see they are gorgeous

Not too far from Centraal station is the Royal Palace which faces Dam Square

Not too far from Centraal station is the Royal Palace which faces Dam Square

If you continue down the Damrak you'll come across the flower market

If you continue down the Damrak you’ll come across the flower market

The Netherlands has the best bike network I have ever seen

The Netherlands has the best bike network I have ever seen

I love how everything is just chill and relaxed

I love how everything is just chill and relaxed

The Rijksmuseum re-opened in 2012 and has some great pieces of art

The Rijksmuseum re-opened in 2012 and has some great pieces of art

Including Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch'

Including Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’

Albert Cuyp Market is a big outdoor market but does not offer much for tourists

Albert Cuyp Market is a big outdoor market but does not offer much for tourists

Did I mention how pretty the canals are?

Did I mention how pretty the canals are?

The Architecture is quite nice also

The Architecture is quite nice also

This is just outside 'downtown' Amsterdam by my cousins snackbar. I could stroll this street all day

This is just outside ‘downtown’ Amsterdam by my cousins snackbar. I could stroll this street all day

Rotterdam is my favourite city outside of Amsterdam, I just love the architecture

Rotterdam is my favourite city outside of Amsterdam, I just love the architecture

They have some pretty good shopping, this shopping arcade even goes under the main street

They have some pretty good shopping, this shopping arcade even goes under the main street

The city is quite quirky. They even have a statue dubbed 'the butt plug gnome'

The city is quite quirky. They even have a statue dubbed ‘the butt plug gnome’

Just another wonderful Dutch city

Just another wonderful Dutch city

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