Amsterdam, Holland, an adult fairy tale unexpectedly

Sajjad Hussain
Sep 30 · 9 min read

In my vague memory, Amsterdam seems to be frozen in the moment when Jun Ji-hyun looks back in “Daisy”. It is like an inconspicuous patch of the entire European continent, wrapped in Belgium and Germany and leaning against the North Sea, with the aroma of tulips and the creaking of ancient windmills flowing everywhere, simple and quiet.

In fact, Amsterdam has many facets.

Several years have passed since the journey to Amsterdam, and now I recall it again, it is vague but clear. The crisscrossing rivers, wooden shoes shaped like boats, cheese as hard as bricks, the extremely colorful Keukenhof Park, and the quiet windmill village far away from the world all make me nostalgic. There are the most prestigious art museums in Europe, as well as the red light district where you can experience Dutch alternative culture; there are Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Jan Steen, as well as window girls on both sides of the canal that you can admire at will. Amsterdam is an adult fairy tale. It uses a unique attitude of tolerance to display art and vulgarity, sobriety and intoxication before our eyes .

I arrived in this land in a certain spring. When landing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, looking through the portholes, we saw endless fields of tulips of various colors, as if covering the earth with colorful carpets, under the blue sky, showing the magnificent, dazzling beauty of nature.

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The Literary Life under Van Gogh’s Starry Sky

Do you ask my first impression when I came to Amsterdam? Windmill clogs tulips? Huajie cannabis euthanasia? While I was still thinking about this question in my mind, my eyes gave the answer in advance than my heart: art, Amsterdam is art.

In Amsterdam, people seem to live casually under the stars of Van Gogh. I bumped into residents riding bicycles everywhere on the road, and the corners of my eyes and eyebrows were peaceful; I kept meeting flower shops around the corners, the colors and varieties were so many that it was a small fresh photo; it was projected into the canal in the sunset The silhouettes of the buildings on the river are so quiet and beautiful, as if they have never moved for hundreds of years; the girl who walks across holds an umbrella with Van Gogh’s “Sunflower” printed in her hand…The literary fragments of life alternately appear In the city.

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As the city presents it, it is a world-renowned art city. And this reputation comes from many museums that have to be seen. Among them, the most not to be missed are the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, located in the Museum Square in the city center, is the “leading” among Dutch museums and is known for its collection of Dutch “Golden Age” works. Among them are a large collection of masterpieces by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Wemmel, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. At the other end of the square is the Van Gogh Museum, which is also world-renowned and long-standing. There are collections of Van Gogh’s works from various periods, from the youthful infancy to the leap of artistic progress, from the trough struggle, to the great “Sunflower”, “Poppy”, “Self-Portrait” and so on.

Compared with the intuitive life pictures presented by the city, the charm of the museum lies in its “metaphor” and “physical concept.” On the first day we arrived in Amsterdam, we spent a whole afternoon wandering in two museums. Hiding behind those great works of art, listening to the calling from the bottom of my heart.

European spring lives here

On the second day of arriving in Amsterdam, we couldn’t wait to head to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Park. Keukenhof is the largest tulip park in the world, open to the public only in the spring from mid-March to mid-May. Every spring, tourists from all over the world come here, and we are one of them. When landing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, looking through the portholes, we saw endless fields of tulips of various colors, as if covering the earth with colorful carpets, presenting a vast, magnificent, dazzling beauty of nature under the blue sky. We came in search of spring, but found that the spring of Europe lives here.

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Keukenhof Park is located in a small city southwest of Amsterdam. When I took the express bus from the airport to Keukenhof, I found that there was a long queue at the entrance of the park. Fortunately, we booked the round-trip bus and park tickets in advance, which saved the queue time.

Walking on tiptoe among the tulip bushes of Keukenhof is a wonderful experience. Beautiful tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs bloom everywhere, covering an entire 32 hectares of land. The exhibition of all kinds of flowers and weeds makes the camera in our hands not idle for a moment, as if missing any beautiful scenery is a lifelong regret. At this time, we really realized why Keukenhof Park has the reputation of “the most memorable place for photos”.

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At the entrance of the park, there are specially rented bicycles for visitors to visit the park. At that time, we hesitated again and again, but we still chose to visit on foot. It’s nice to walk and stop to enjoy the beauty you love at will. However, riding slowly on the winding bicycle lanes, the tulip fields on both sides are right in front of your eyes, and occasionally a spring breeze blows, rolling waves of colorful flowers for dozens of miles, sending the faintly intoxicating fragrance of tulips The breath is refreshing, but it also has a special flavor. It depends on how you choose.

Listen to the ancient wind in the windmill village

The third day of the itinerary is to relive the old childhood dream of windmills-to visit Zaanse Windmill Village. Take the train from Amsterdam Central Station to the “Koog-Zaandijk” station. Get off the train and follow the signs. In more than ten minutes, you will see a green windmill waving in the wind across the San River.

Zaanse is a very traditional town in the Netherlands. The windmills, farmhouses, and fences were all painted bright green, exactly like the Dutch countryside in your imagination. The windmill is as romantic and chic as all the photos appear, but the so-called Windmill Village is already an out-and-out tourist attraction, almost all of which are small shops. The traditional Dutch wooden shoes are made into shoe brushes and silk scarf buckles. , Earrings, and piles of souvenirs. The most noteworthy thing is that I bought an orange-flavored bread in a small bakery called DE ECHTE BAKKER. It was delicious. We stayed there for just two hours and ran into at least three coaches full of Chinese tourists. Even in the small shops in the village, there are shopping guides in Chinese to solicit business.

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The farmhouses in the small town are exquisite and beautiful, and groups of ducklings take a leisurely stroll in the green space, giving it a peaceful and peaceful atmosphere. But because of the endless stream of tourists, the atmosphere of the attractions here is still stronger. My friend suggested that we go down the Sang River, hoping to see a different view. So along the Sang River, we walked all the way to a field where no farmhouse could be seen. The breeze is breezy, accompanied by the fragrance of flowers, and the heart is unspeakable. And looking at the windmill further away seems to be a more suitable distance. Everyone couldn’t help but lay down on the grass by the river. Looking up, the blue sky and white clouds lined the spinning windmill, as if walking into a famous letter film. At this time, the sound of the turbulent San River is the soundtrack.

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Amsterdam is not lonely at night

When you come to Amsterdam, it seems you have to go to the red light district to take a look. The Netherlands may be the most open country in the world. The so-called “Huajie euthanasia”, the degree of tolerance in the Netherlands is beyond the reach of other countries.

It’s funny, although the red light district is famous, but we took the map around the city for several times, and we couldn’t find it. You can’t stop a passer-by in the street and ask rashly: Hello, where is the red light district? So desperately looking for a team that looks like a tour guide and tourists, and follow them far away. Haha, I really found it for us.

The famous red light district is made up of two small streets across the canal. The windows on the street are a bit like small grocery stores. There are already open business windows with different layouts. The girls in them are also lively and some wild, and there are many who look outstanding and charming.

A few of us were pushing bicycles and moving a little bit hard in the crowds of visitors. From time to time, there were police officers riding bicycles and motorcycles to maintain order.

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After looking at it for a while, we became bored and we rode away along the canal. Riding far and wide, looking back across the river, it was feasting. Because there is a river, I can’t help but remind me of the Qinhuai River in ancient China. I remembered the famous poem: Business women don’t know the hatred of the country, and they still sing flowers in the backyard across the river. I don’t know what kind of lively and gentle scene on the Qinhuai River at that time?

Back at the hotel, we brought back a big lift of Heineken beer. Pushing open the window, the evening breeze came, with the salty wetness of the canal water. Talking about the sky in the moonlight is not lonely all night.

Cruise, a dream of prosperity

Before leaving Amsterdam, we finally took the time to tour the city on a sightseeing boat, but we had to be careful for a few days. Amsterdam is known as the “Venice of the North” and is a veritable city on the water. There are more than one hundred canals in the city, which are connected by more than one thousand bridges. No matter where you go, you can see the picturesque canal scenery. Strolling along the river, there are fairy-tale boats or houseboats moored on the shore. Inside the houseboats are floating bars or restaurants, which is a unique waterscape of Amsterdam. And if you can take a boat tour in person, it will naturally be a different experience.

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We boarded the sightseeing boat from the canal pier opposite the Central Railway Station and we started the sightseeing trip. The cruise ship travels between the river channels, which are lined with typical Dutch traditional residential buildings. Most of the houses are thin and narrow, with small windows and doors. On the top of all buildings, there are several protruding iron hooks to fix the ropes used for lifting objects. It forms a unique view of the Amsterdam building.

Observing the lake and water against the ancient streets on both sides, admiring the medieval buildings hidden behind the green trees, and the birds flying freely on the riverside, these are unique to Amsterdam. This exquisite water city scenery brings us back to a distant age.

Suddenly, the window of the water house opened, and the two little blonde girls poked their heads out laughing and said hello to us in English. As the cruise ship passed their windows, almost everyone immediately responded with a smile: Hello! At this moment, the sun is shining on everyone.

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