Thursday Doors: Some Amsterdam Doors

Before our trip to Tanzania, we spent four days in Amsterdam. It was winter and gloomy, but not too cold to walk around. Amsterdam is a great city for walking! I took more photos of doors than I have here, but I lost my phone at the end of our trip and for some reason, the photos didn’t upload into the Google Cloud. These were taken with my camera.

On Jan. 30, we had booked a tour to see the Anne Frank House (which has to be done online in advance), and also a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter. We walked and did some sightseeing in the morning before those tours. These photos are from that day.

The oldest building in Amsterdam is the Old Church (Oude Kerk), located, as it happens, in the middle of the famous Red Light District! SONY DSC

Here is more of the façade of the Old Church:
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On our walk in that area, I took photos of other interesting doors:
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Between the Old Church and Our Lord of the Attic Church (which I will write about in another post) was this doorway:
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We also passed a “Coffee Shop” – which is not a place to have lunch! It is where people go to smoke marijuana (hence the name over the door), but I guess you can get coffee there also.
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On our way to the meeting point for the walking tour, we went through Amsterdam’s Chinatown.
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Most people in Amsterdam commute to work either by public transportation or by bicycle. Weather is no deterrent! They just bundle themselves up against the cold and wind. So it is not unusual for an entrance to have several bicycles parked outside.
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At the end of the walking tour, we arrived at the Anne Frank House. We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but my husband insisted on having a picture taken of him at the entrance to the house.
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Norm’s Thursday Doors is a weekly feature in which people share their photos of doors and entryways, and runs from Thursday to Saturday morning. Check it out!

 

4 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Some Amsterdam Doors

  1. Great shots from that church. In my days teaching in the Hague, we regularly had guests going to Africa or Asia, and had a lay-over in Amsterdam (I am Dutch). Hope you went with a boat tour -it’s really worth it, and it’s a great place to take photos! Yeah, they’re progressive with weed:(
    If you’ll return to Holland, another great place for Dutch (16-17 century) archtectural styles is the center of Delft. (by train an hour ride). Hope you enjoyed Amsterdam!

  2. Thanks for your comment. We did take a 1-hour canal tour where I took a lot of photos. I hope to post some of them soon.

    Thanls for the tip about Delft. Haarlem was also recommended but the weather wasn’t good. I’m sure we’ll be back in Holland within the next few years!

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