It is not my intent to do a city-by-city tour of our European trip and I'll stop here if that's okay. Amsterdam was both difficult and thoroughly enjoyable. Difficult in that it rained quite a bit and due to inner-city hotel costs and our desire to maintain something close to a reasonable budget we stayed on the outer edge and took light rail to its center each morning. Enjoyable in that it's a beautiful city, full of people and bicycles and people on bicycles and canals and bicycles in canals. It was my favorite for photography. We did a canal tour with Those Dam Boat Guys on a rain chilled day which turned into a personal tour because none of the other passengers showed up (yeah, we're tough. Wet and tough). Our boat pilot, Adam (comedian in 'real' life), enshrouded us in industrial strength ponchos and off we went for an hour or so of history and comedy on the canals of Amsterdam. It's odd what snippets you remember from these little tours: Amsterdam pulls around 17,000 bikes from the canals each year. 17,000! Plus, a half-dozen bodies, mostly male, many with zippers down having fallen in whilst drunk and expelling the latest beer. They just took one step too far from the bar.
After I made the reservations for Amsterdam I discovered it's the world's second most impacted city by tourism, second only behind Venice and you've no doubt heard the unfortunate stories of tourism's impact there. I would love to go back but I'm not sure I would. There is information here if you want to understand the impacts and how tourism can be more sustainable: Sustainable Tourism
Wet, Cold, Miserable; looking for a composition