Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, a city big and beautiful, and I had planned just one day for this. Pity! How do we tour this city in just one day! The main purpose to visit the city was to show my daughters (15 and 11yrs) Anne Frank’s house. That done, we had the remaining half day to ourselves. Totally lost on how to tour this city, we decided to go on a canal cruise. And I am glad we took that decision quickly. The final moments of the day were a few hours away and we were not keen to do night driving all the way to Antwerp.

This tradition of canal cruise in Amsterdam started in 1621, when Queen Elizabeth Stuart of Bohemia visited the city. She was taken on a pleasure trip along the canals, welcomed in a parade of festively decorated sailing boats. Thousands of residents cheered her along bridges and canal sides. VIPS like Winston Churchill, the Beatles and Nelson Mandela; all have admired this city from the deck of a canal cruise boat. This is a irresistible tourist attraction of this country.

Of the various options provided by cruise operators we chose an hour long cruise of canals. The boat was a good one with glass roof; we got the window seats too. The skies weren’t too friendly but that did not dampen our excitement and what a grand tour we had that day! More pictures will be posted soon.

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27 Responses

  1. Awesome view from cruise deck !

  2. Sylvia K says:

    What a fantastic trip! I did so want to do that when I was in Amsterdam, but I was on a tight schedule at the time! Marvelous captures as always and I do look forward to seeing more! Have a wonderful weekend, Indrani!

    Sylvia

  3. Haddock says:

    Wonderful.
    Had been there last year this time.
    Anne Frank museum was a real memorable experience.

  4. Wonderful details.

    Please have you all a good Friday.

  5. magiceye says:

    must have been so much fun!!

  6. Subtle and beautiful. Must have been quite an experience for you and your girls.

  7. Fun filled trip ………

  8. chubskulit says:

    Gorgeous, I love that last shot!!

    Sky Shots at my page, come and see. Have a great weekend.

  9. lovely!!! this is one trip i have wanted to go on for long! lets hope can do it soon!

  10. Joyful says:

    How wonderful that you are exposing your daughters to the pleasures of travel at a young age. I finally had a chance to do a tour of Amsterdam about one year ago during a stopover. I was tired but didn't want to miss the opportunity. It is such a pretty little place.

  11. ladyfi says:

    Lovely moody sky!

  12. What a brilliant idea, lamps are beautiful.

  13. Leovi says:

    A wonderful place, great pictures, I like these streetlights.

  14. eileeninmd says:

    Great shots, a canal cruise sounds wonderful. I would love to visit Amsterdam. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

  15. It is a great city to visit, I am told. The pictures are beautiful. Any more pictures?

  16. arabesque says:

    argh! i hate it when the weather does its gloomy thing.
    glad to hear it didn't ruin your plans, the canal cruise sounds promising.
    more fotos puh-leasee. ^0^

  17. Beautiful shot…waiting for the rest of pictures!

  18. George says:

    What a wonderful way to see a beautiful city.

  19. Carver says:

    I've always wanted to visit Amsterdam. Sounds like a great trip.

  20. Hilary says:

    Amsterdam holds such allure. I love how almost every piece of European architecture is so beautiful. I'm looking forward to more.

  21. What a shame you just had one day in Amsterdam, but a canal trip was probably a good option, enabling you to see lots of the city. I would like to visit Anne Frank's house as well.

  22. Gary says:

    You had a great tour, but thanks to you so did we!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  23. Sounds like a yhou had a wonderful trip.
    Great shots.
    Thanks for sharing.

  24. The Lamp posts reminds me of the Seine river cruise in Paris

  25. Beautiful. I wonder how one hour would have been found adequate.

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