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

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


  1. 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!

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  2. stouf


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

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  3. nural


    I think I've been there before :)

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  4. rater


    Nice photos!

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  5. fancholland2


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

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  6. trampoline


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

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  7. sp1rt


    Amsterdam is beautiful Good story and shots! :)

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  8. miss_behavin


    Beautiful. Great pictures!

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  9. nural


    Lomographer Was Here! Nural

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  10. panelomo


    lomographer will be here - soon! :)

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  11. spoeker


    Lomographer was here - spoeker

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  12. nahdeen


    Lomographer was here (nahdeen)

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  13. 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.

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  14. paramir


    thank you very much everybody! :)

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