My Favorite Spots in Amsterdam Part I Westelijke Eilanden (the Western Islands)

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If you are visiting Amsterdam, or live here, pick yourself a nice, sunny day, and take yourself for a relaxing walk around the western islands.

The Western Islands is a group of three little man-made islands in the west of Amsterdam. They were built in the 17th century, as a part of the third enlargement of Amsterdam. The three islands form a little neighborhood by themselves, with a very relaxed, village like atmosphere.

I had a meeting there on one of the first spring days, and I thought it might be a good opportunity to have a little walk around and take some pictures in one of my favorite spots…

From the first time I found myself there, I was enchanted by this charming neighborhood. It is a perfect place for an afternoon stroll, with its narrow streets, old houses and little bridges. Many houseboats are parked on the canals separating the islands from each other. There is also quite a nice mix between old houses, some of which were warehouses back in the days, and some interesting modern architecture. Walking around, you can really forget you are in the city, and not too far from central station. There is almost no motor vehicles traffic on the islands. There is no shopping area, and not many businesses are located here, so most people around are either residents or strollers. You might find a little second hand shop or a cozy cafe hiding in one of the alleys.

Get yourself a shot of relaxed, beautiful Amsterdam…

written by paramir on 2010-04-07 in #world #locations #islands #westelijke-eilanden #island #netherlands #dutch #lomography-netherlands #man-made #prinseneiland #amsterdam #west-amsterdam

14 Comments

  1. yarah
    yarah ·

    Really nice photo's! Doesn't look like a big city at all, didn't know about it, but will certainly remember it!!! Thanks a lot!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    I always wanted to go there... Great shots of special spots !

  3. nural
    nural ·

    I think I've been there before :)

  4. rater
    rater ·

    Nice photos!

  5. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Great gallery paramir! Love your Diana shots! Amsterdam is such a cool place to make pics

  6. trampoline
    trampoline ·

    so beautiful.... makes me miss travelling :-(

  7. sp1rt
    sp1rt ·

    Amsterdam is beautiful Good story and shots! :)

  8. miss_behavin
    miss_behavin ·

    Beautiful. Great pictures!

  9. nural
    nural ·

    Lomographer Was Here! Nural

  10. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    lomographer will be here - soon! :)

  11. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    Lomographer was here - spoeker

  12. nahdeen
    nahdeen ·

    Lomographer was here (nahdeen)

  13. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    What a lovely place, so serene. I wouldn't mind living here. Not at all. You've captured some really nice shots, especially of the house and the boats. Awesome job! Thank you for sharing.

  14. paramir
    paramir ·

    thank you very much everybody! :)

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