Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Amsterdam, Canals & Parks ... Part 2

        Thanks everyone for all your wonderful comments while I'm over here in Amsterdam.  Several of you provided me some useful info on internet locations, and I thank you!  I ended up finding a little funky cafe/furniture type store called FridayNext right around the corner where we are staying.  Needless to say, I'm drinking many lattes and leaving a generous tip for taking up their table.  But ... there are others like me, working on their laptaps, reading magazines, Skyping friends. 

Yesterday, I biked and biked and biked.  I lost my map somewhere in my travels and got lost a couple of times.  But then, it is an easy city to navigate and find your way home.


It has been a bit rainy today, and I decided to edit photos.  I love doing that.  And I love the surreal affect I applied.  I guess it is how I see Amsterdam.  There is so much to photograph, it becomes overwhelming trying to decide.  


I thought today, I would have you stroll with me along the canals and later, in Vondel Park. 


Remember these rowers from the last blog.  I like this edit much better.


Did you know that there are many many houseboats that folks live on?  Some are stunning!




And then there are just regular boats.  A very popular past-time is cruising around the canals or down the Amstel.  I would so be doing that every day!


Every time we come to Amsterdam, I always spend time in Vondel Park.  It is a quiet area away from the scurry of cars, trams and bikes.  It is many things to many people, whether it be sipping expresso at one the cafe terraces, joining a spontaneous soccer match, letting children play or dogs run free.  There will be elderly resting on park benches, young lovers strolling hand in hand or groups congregating around a guitar, it is all typical of Amsterdam’s relaxed attitudes. 

It is here that I find peace and contentment in the midst of this busy city.















I hope you enjoyed the stroll with me today.  
I'm hoping for a sunny day tomorrow.  Keep your finger's crossed!

Later friends,



55 comments:

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

It looks like a fabulous city to visit. And it seems you're enjoying nice weather for your meanderings and photography. Keep the photos coming, they're a great view of Amsterdam.

Woody said...

These are AWESOME, have you considered printing any of these on canvas?

unrosetoinviacerreto said...

But you wonder.
You are very good and the place is beautiful with its autumn colors.
Now that you're in Europe we are less distant.
I wait for your next report.
Ciao ciao.
Loretta

Patricia said...

WOW! Just beautiful photos. My son was just in Germany a week ago. Our three year old granddaughter stayed with us while her parents were over there. We used Skype so that she could talk with Mom and Dad. It's wonderful how much things have changed since our old Navy days when keeping in touch meant letters took two weeks to get to the Persian Gulf and another two weeks to get an answer back. E-mail was unheard of, and phone calls were limited to once a month since it was way too expensive for our military budget.

Thanks for posting such lovely photos.

Ginny said...

Such beautiful pictures! Numbers one and eight are my favorites!! Is it a very large city? Have you ever been on a canal in a boat? I'd also like to know what kind of food they eat. Maybe in another post?

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful camera work, most attractive. They are the best in there field. Excellent.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Reena, what software are you using to achieve this look on the photos? I'd love to try that with some of mine. Looks like you're having a wonderful time. Never been to Amsterdam but loved St. James Park in London.

Judy said...

Oh my goodness Reena, these are AWESOME!!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Holy cow! I missed a couple of posts and find out you are in Amsterdam. I find that funny somehow.

These are gorgeous! I'd love to see the originals too, sometime.

I can tell you are having fun -- can't wait to see more photos. :)

Sandra said...

fantastic color pallet here, my favorite is 3 down, also love the one toward the bottom with all the bikes in the park.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Love the image edits, each like a work of art. Sounds like you're having a great time, love getting to visit Amsterdam through your photos.

My Journey With Candida said...

Ahhhh Reena,
Love the pictures and I have always wanted to live on a house boat..... I just can't get Hubs to go for it.

Once a month, I give an apron away to those who comment on my blog. I have picked you for the November apron. I think it will go so well with your hair color. Here is the link to what it looks like.
http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/2011/10/once-month-i-give-apron-away-to-those.html

If you would like it. Email me your address.
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latebloomerbuds said...

Now THESE look like beautiful paintings! Wow! Nice job editing. I've never edited anything. Wouldn't know where to start! Enjoy, Margie

Evelyn S. said...

Fabulous "paintings"! These scenes are so beautiful....I so rarely look at something from this perspective; I would love to visit an area where it would be possible. Truly beautiful work.

Pat said...

These photos are beautifully processed. Wonderful stroll through Amsterdam!

Dianne said...

This is just like walking through an art gallery with beautiful art-works. I tried to pick a favourite but gave up because they are all so unique - what fun you must have had editing them. xx keep safe.

TexWisGirl said...

i loved the way you processed these!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Gorgeous images, wonderful effects.
Have fun!

Debbie said...

you should have brought me, in your suitcase....i love to bike and i am a good navigator!!

these pictures are gorgeous, i have not a clue what you do, but i do love it!!

biebkriebels said...

I am glad you found a free wifi cafe and having a great time. Even biking I see, very well. I like the photo's but not the editing I am afraid, it looks so artificial..., but it is your choice.

bon bon said...

these are lovely captures! and i love the treatment too!

is it possible rent a houseboat during your stay? how fun would that be! :oD

Tammy said...

Wow, there are gorgeous! I love the painterly effect. Would love to see the originals too.

Thanks so much for sharing your story "behind the camera".

lisa said...

Reena, these are gorgeous!! The images alone are just beautiful, but your processing is fantastic! Love each one of them. I am glad you are having a good time there. The bike ride sounds like fun!

Thank you so much for sharing these at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Sylvia K said...

Amsterdam is indeed such a beautiful city and your captures are breathtaking!! Such gorgeous colors! I know you're having such a wonderful time, Reena, and I'm so happy for you! Thanks for taking us on such a wonderful stroll! I'm looking forward to seeing more!!

Sylvia

Ann said...

This was like strolling through an art gallery. Love all the pictures.

Michaele said...

These really should be sold and hanging in someones living room. Preferably mine.

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! So beautiful! Those are most certainly sellable! So nice...

bill lisleman said...

great city to walk or bike around. Crossing the street gets interesting with the bike lane, car lane, and tram lane. When I was there years ago no one wore bike helmets. Is that still the case?

Steve Gravano said...

Every one of these are beautiful, I agree with Woody, you should print and sell these!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am enjoying making this trip through your photos! I like to imagine the sites you are seeing...I'm glad I love riding a bike! Your photos look like paintings to hang on the wall! Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse! ♥

Deborah L. Tisch said...

I am in love with these photos! Whatever you did to process them is just amazing!

Saun said...

Fantastic! beautiful shots thanks for taking us along.

Country Girl said...

They look like paintings. And the light in many of them is just fantastic!
Here's to sunny days and crisp weather.

Erin K said...

Wow, what a gorgeous place. But your photo's with the added and really cool looking painted effect really highten even more the beauty of this place. You are one lucky woman! <3

geetlee said...

i love the editing! Amsterdam looks so pretty and the autumn colors are just out of this world!
have fun :)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautifully artistic images Reena. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.

Daryl said...

Fun painterly effect .. Amsterdam reminds me of Brugge .. all the lovely canals, all the pretty canal facing houses and boats ..

Linda R. said...

Oh my these are amazing.. I just love the editing.. I am so jealous.. I want to be there.. Enjoy my friend..

Hugs, Linda

CherryPie said...

It was a lovely stroll, those photos are so dreamy :-)

Laura said...

Great editing work. Choosing a few to print as a series would look brilliant.

bobbybegood1 said...

I ALWAYS enjoy our strolls. Question? Isn't Amsterdam the weed/pot/gunja and heroin capitol of the world? Now don't you go gettin in any trouble ove there now. LOL! Beautiful pics. Cheers!!

ladyfi said...

Ah - what magical shots! So lovely.

Oliag said...

I certainly did enjoy strolling along with you today! It is like walking through an art gallery...these photos look so much like paintings!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

WoW! Incredible images... you've outdone yourself this time, Reena!!! =)

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures, what vibrant colours. Yes, I definitely enjoyed walking with you today, and wish you sunny weather tomorrow. :)

Jennifer Richardson said...

I long to know your editing technique.
Those photos make my eyes
unbearably happy!
Thanks for the gorgeous share:)
-Jennifer

Marcie said...

Love the painterly renderings. What a beautiful place - especially in its autumn splendor!

Hilary said...

Just like paintings.. cheery and colourful. I hope you also kept the original images as I suspect they're every bit as beautiful.

Louise said...

Those pictures! THOSE PICTURES! The are so beautiful it brightens the heart. What a beautiful city.

Nayana said...

wow..these are stunning..I can't get enough..lol..scrolling up and down..

Rosemary Aubut said...

Love the processing! What software are you using?? love to try it! thanks and have a wonderful time!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

beautiful editing! Impressionism by computer!

mrs mediocrity said...

oh wow, just lovely! it looks incredible!

Anya said...

Thanks for showing so many FANTASTIC shots from our Amsterdam.
I'm living in the south from The Netherlands "Maastricht" but I go regular shopping with my girls in Amsterdam !!

GREAT post :-)

zooperson said...

It has been a long while since I visited Amsterdam, but you have brought it back beautifully. Your photos are amazing as is your poetry. Oh, to be so gifted!