From the 25th of February to the 1st of March, I and some of my Architecture mates went to the Netherlands. We stayed in Amsterdam and visited Rotterdam and Utrecht during the week there.
It was lovely to see a different Architectural language there especially in Rotterdam where they tried to create their own version of Manhattan with skyscrapers and ultra-modern buildings.
In Amsterdam it was a mix of old and new with the classical narrow buildings and A LOT of Canals allover.
It was really cold during my stay there so I didn't get to enjoy it as much but I definitely would love to visit again during the summer months.
Two things I'll take back from the trip are:
1. Bicycles have the biggest reputation on the roads so be careful. You are 10 times more likely to get knocked down by one than a car.
2. If you're coming from the UK, prepare to be a proper tourist and shop for things you won't get in the UK and not from shops like H&M, Zara and the likes because items there will either be the same price as here or more
Here are some pictures from the trip (all pictures were taken with my iphone):
The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) / Courtyard of the Museum / Treats stall in a mall in Amsterdam / Souvenir shop in the Het Scheepvaartmuseum / Dam square, Amsterdam / Park close to the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam / Entrance to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition, Rotterdam / Interesting wall collage on the JPG exhibition building / Inside the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam / Inside the Sonneveld House (now a museum) built in 1933, Rotterdam / The Master bedroom in the Sonneveld House / The Netherlands Architecture Institute building / 'Manhattan Island', Rotterdam / The NAI again / Inside the NAI Gallery / Eastern Docks, Amsterdam / Interesting Rust Facade of a building in Amsterdam / 4 stages of a moving Bridge in Amsterdam / Models of prominent buildings in Amsterdam / Sunset in Rotterdam / Sea-side, Rotterdam / Dam Square, Amsterdam / A street in Amsterdam / Dam Square / Dam Square again / View of Rotterdam / Cheeky selfie