Amsterdam

In late October, The Brainy One was working in Holland and we agreed that The Boy Child and I would fly out to meet him in Amsterdam the weekend half-term began.IMG_4410.JPGWe were fortunate with the weather; it was mostly clear and bright, apart from our last morning, although there was a noticeable drop in temperature as the sun went down.IMG_4479Central Amsterdam is compact enough to cover a lot of ground on foot, as long as you pay close attention to the thousands of Amsterdamers whizzing from A to B on two wheels.  We had a few near misses, probably because we looked the wrong way when crossing a road …IMG_4433.JPG Amsterdam is perfect for a few days away, as it’s a little over one hour’s flying time from London’s Heathrow airport.  The Dutch are wonderful people, welcoming and friendly and the city’s attractions are mostly world class.  I say mostly because I am not a fan of their liberal attitude to the use of cannabis in public places.  I don’t want to be queuing for a museum or standing on a picturesque bridge over a canal only to be surrounded by clouds of potentially toxic smoke.

Any thoughts on my last remark?  I have no problem if you think I’m something of a dinosaur when it comes to drug use …

 

5 thoughts on “Amsterdam

  1. I saw your second photo on Instagram and absolutely loved it – honestly Ruth you are such a good photographer! It makes me want to go to Amsterdam. I’m not a fan of anyone smoking anything in public spaces so I think I may share your concerns about the air quality in a confined space over there!

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  2. I love Amsterdam too. I agree with you re anyone smoking, anything in my case. Back in the day I felt very differently but I have concerns about the psychological damage dope smoking can cause. I also felt very out of place in a “brown” cafe in A’dam. We left very quickly!!

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  3. I’ll say it again, I really like that middle photo …

    I don’t think you are a dinosaur at all. With the recent changes to our Canadian laws regarding cannabis, we are going to deal with this issue through out Canada. Many universities & colleges are making their campuses totally, 100% smoke & vape free – there are even some towns making tighter laws regarding public smoking & vaping. Not all Canadians are on board with this change … but for now I’ll say no more.

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  4. I don’t like anyone smoking anything in public either. I really enjoyed Amsterdam, and would like to go back one day We were very impressed with the efficiency of the airports and the ability to get around everyone easily.

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  5. That sunset photo is amazing!

    I agree, the liberal use of cannabis is one of the things we did not like about the city. It was just too much smoke (cannabis & tobacco) while we were walking around in the city.

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