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amsterdam - part III

It's not quite summer here in Amsterdam but the weather has been getting warmer each day. Amsterdam is a lovely place when it's sunny and there are pops of colour all over the city with hydrangeas, tulips and rhododendrons in bloom and loads of pretty flower boxes.

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I visited the Begijnhof a few times. It's a lovely peaceful oasis in the middle of the city just behind the Amsterdam Museum.

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It's a popular place for tourists to visit, which apparently riles some of the residents.

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It's a ladies only enclave.

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I had a morning free before my conference so I walked over to the Museum Willet-Holthuysen.



I read that the gardens were a highlight so as soon as I arrived I made a beeline out the back.

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The garden is laid out in a very formal French style. It's the tail end of tulip season here and most in the garden were overblown but I still went a bit crazy photographing them. Here's a single image for you.



Cafes seem to be very popular in Amsterdam and as soon as the sun comes out, people sit outdoors. 

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Living in Australia, I've spent most of my life trying to avoid the sun so this seems quite weird to me.

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I'll leave you with one last image that best represents Amsterdam to me.

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Next time I post will be from Copenhagen. I'm really looking forward to my time there.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jillian
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