The Parks of Amsterdam – Sarphatipark

Sarphatipark – Named after the Jewish doctor and philanthropist Samuel Sarphati, this small park is a nice chunk of green space right in the middle of the trendy neighborhood, De Pijp.   Not surprisingly, this is one of the first parks I explored when I visited Amsterdam, because it’s in De Pijp.  This neighborhood is just south of the Centrum.  It’s…

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My Best Photographs of Amsterdam in 2021 – Part 1

Over the past few years, I’ve gotten very into photography, and even though I currently live in a city with an endless supply of interesting photographic material (New York City), I get completely mentally recharged when I travel.  Amsterdam inspires me like few other places.   I took over 4000 photos when I visited.  Although I am a hobbyist, I am…

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World Press Photo Exhibit at the New Church, Amsterdam, 2021

World Press Photo Exhibit at the New Church, Amsterdam, 2021

I spent the month of August, 2021, in Amsterdam, and I got very lucky with the museum exhibits.  I love photography, and I always visit FOAM and Huis Marseille, the two photography museums in Amsterdam.  This time, in addition to these two museums, I got to see two great photography exhibits at other museums – the Fred Stein exhibit at…

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Oosterpark, Amsterdam

Parks of Amsterdam – Oosterpark

Located just outside the Amsterdam centrum, but on the completely opposite side compared to Westerpark, is the lovely Oosterpark.  This shouldn’t be surprising; WESTerpark is up in the northwest.  OOSTerpark (“oost” means “east”) is in the southeast.  It’s a big park, with lots of benches, a big lake, lots of birds, and a bunch of nice footbridges.   Just as with…

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Piecing Together Pottery at the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

In March of last year, I visited the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.  I had purchased a MuseumCard which gave me access to a slew of museums in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the Netherlands, and I had been methodically going down the list and visiting each one. The Allard Pierson is an archaeological museum with a permanent collection that contains…

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