I am finally home and I have a whole bunch of travel photos to show you.
So, as you know, I was in Amsterdam for work. Here are some shots of the city so you can see how attractive it is. It is very clean. A lot of people ride bicycles, which is obviously good for their health and the environment. By London standards, there is virtually no traffic.
Nice architecture. Tall, slender houses in elegant and restrained colours. Looks 1930s, not that I am an expert.
The centre of Amsterdam is full of interesting, independently-owned shops. In London, the price of real estate would have forced these businesses into obscure parts of town, with wealthy chain stores moving in to take their place. It would have been street after street of Starbucks and Tesco Express. Instead, we have this:
The Extremely Serious Cheese Shop. These guys are not messing around, it is like church.
The Very Fancy Lingerie Shop.
The Early Modernist Fabric Shop. My colleague loved this, he is into design.
Lighting and homewares.
My personal favourite, the Russian shop. Absolutely full of those nesting dolls, including lovely hand-painted ones, quirky ones with Putin’s face on, Christmas ones and the remaining space is dedicated to even more dolls.
Stay tuned for more photos.