I don’t know about you, but I miss traveling! And while many of us have transported ourselves to different parts of the world by the recipes we cook, the books we read, and the shows we stream, nothing is ever quite as transformative as travel. Photographs are another way to transport yourself to places you’ve been or places you’ve long wanted to visit. Your future travel wish list might also include destinations to return to once the clouds subside and the travel skies open up again.
For me, Amsterdam ranks high on my return-to-as-soon-as-possible list. I love cities where I can walk and walk for miles. I’m delighted when I spend time in cities with classic architecture, art and museums, good food, and abundant people watching opportunities. Many cities in Europe fit the bill and Amsterdam is one of my favorites.
As we might imagine, life in Amsterdam during this pandemic time isn’t what it used to be. Recently, my friend Marjo sent me photos of how Amsterdam looks now and how it looked then. Both smiles and sadness arose when I viewed them. I wanted to share them with you. After all, one picture is worth 1000 words!
Last summer during a European heat wave, I spent time in southern Spain. To keep cool I took cold showers. And strange but true, I read Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates. Reading about early 19th-Century Dutch life and all that ice skating was another wonderful way to cool off. These photos of 21st-Century Amsterdam juxtaposed with Amsterdam only a few months prior do remind us that a picture is worth 1000 words.
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