Amsterdam in Black & White

Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities because it's teeming with life & opportunity. The city is known for its canals, the Red Light District, the abundance of marijuana cafés, its friendly citizens, & so much more. If you have the opportunity to visit the Netherlands & Amsterdam, I would absolutely recommend it. There is so much to do there, so much fun to be had with not enough time to do it.

Whether you've explored this majestic city or not, I have some photos from my journey to share with you. I hope you can enjoy Amsterdam in black & white. These are just a few brief moments I happened to capture on film. 

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The Red Light District after a Night Rain

Rijksmuseum
Shadows of the Rijksmuseum

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Onlookers at the Rijksmuseum

Vondelpark Wildlife
Vondelpark Wildlife

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Gay Pride Parade Supporters

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Take Me to Church

When I close my eyes I can still picture Amsterdam vividly in my brain. I had croquettes every night upon arrival back at the Airbnb. I enjoyed the Rijksmuseum filled with Dutch art & history from the Middle Ages to the present day. I gasped at the plethora of unique works to gander at. I felt an overwhelming wave of emotions at the Anne Frank House -- a must-see. 

Every time I get home after traveling I feel unexcited to be back to reality, my day-to-day life, work, the same sights to see. I chose to highlight these photographs in black & white to honor the somber feeling of no longer being there. I am no longer in Amsterdam to witness the rainbow of colors at the gay pride parade or the green grass at Vondelpark.

Long live Amsterdam. The city remains on the top of my "must visit again" list. There were so many places to visit, so much to view, new foods to try, canals to walk by, that I really believe I didn't experience it wholly. Amsterdam I'm ready for you. Are you ready for me?



Have you been to Amsterdam? Which photo is your favorite? Do you have any recommendations on what to do there? :]
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  1. Looks like some great places to see!

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  2. Such beautiful pics! I was in Amsterdam in the summer and fell in love with the city! Can't wait to go back! x

    Love,
    Whit

    http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

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    1. I was there in the summer too but it was quite gloomy & rainy. Just stunning. :]

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  3. These are beautiful! I've never been, but I can't wait for the day I do!
    As much as the red light district seems off-putting, I'm sure it's an interesting place to see :)

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    1. The Red Light District wasn't as bad as people made it seem. I guess you just have to go there to experience it firsthand. :]

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  4. I love all of your photos! I haven't had a chance to visit yet but it looks amazing :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Here's hoping you can visit Amsterdam one day. :]

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  5. Your photos are great. I especially like the Red District photo, great composition.
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  6. Great pictures, very pretty. I love that you've enjoyed the Netherlands. I'm from there! I don't live in Amsterdam, but in a also very pretty city called Nijmegen.
    Merry Christmas!
    Project NW | Our Christmas Tree The Stories pt 2

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    1. The Netherlands is one of my favorite countries! :]

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  7. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city!

    xo,
    priceless-ambition.blogspot.pt

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  8. This pictures are so beautiful! Amsterdam looks like an amazing city to visit! I really want to go someday!
    Love
    Pili

    Records of my Troubles

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    1. Amsterdam is absolutely incredible. I hope you get to go one day. :]

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  9. Merry Christmas dear!

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  10. These are gorgeous! I love travel photography, it makes my heart so happy! xx

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  11. I had such a busy Nov and Dec, well, like everybody else, so I was a bit absent, but would like to wish you a great Christmas time! In January things will be more peaceful, hope we stay connected :) And such a coincidence, I am going to Amsterdam tomorrow, cause yes, I love it too. It is really so relaxing (for me), so full of art, such a great place to be! I loved to see the pictures here! Merry Christmas!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. I hope you enjoy Amsterdam during your visit, Denise. :]

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  12. Wow seeing photos in black and white definitely change the whole feel, it's amazing that you took such wonderful photos during your trip. x Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thanks so much. Merry Christmas to you too. :]

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  13. Those photos look really amazing! I want to visit the Netherlands in the future, especially Amsterdam looks so beautiful. xx

    Love, Sara Wallflower

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    1. I hope you get to visit. Any other places you'd like to go to? :]

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  14. i love your photos Carmen! i was just in Amsterdam a month ago, and i absolute loved the city! i think you're right, it is definitely a place of opportunity and freedom. i personally love the Shadows of the Rijksmuseum, its amazing! :)

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    1. Were you able to visit the Rijksuseum when you were there? :]

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  15. Amazing photos! Makes me wanna travel there :)

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  16. Nice article! When have you been to Amsterdam?
    I live an hour away from Amsterdam city!
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    www.laurencemagaly.com

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  17. I love Amsterdam! I usually stop in when I have a layover on the way to Asia or the Middle East. There are so many places to see. Love all the images you captured. It's great to see it all in black + white.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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  18. Nice post dear :)

    I wish you delightful holidays

    Hope you have a great time

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    Kisses
    x Isabelle | Outfit Van De Dag

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  19. I can absolutely understand why Amsterdam is on your 'must visit again' list, it's on mine too! It's so refreshing to see the city in black and white, you've given it a seriously attractive 'moody' edge!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  20. Amsterdam looks amazing. I really love the first photo of the red light district. I'd love to visit some day (soon!) How long did you visit for? I can imagine it'd be a bit of an adjustment settling in back home. I've never been to Amsterdam or any place in Europe, but I really want to go and do the fun stuff (ride in the boats through the canals!!! The food!!! Everything.) Thanks for sharing this :)

    XO,
    amber

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  21. I've always wanted to visit Amsterdam! My sis got a chance to go there recently and I'm quite jealous of her photos on Instagram. The museum photo is so lovely - I love that play of light, and to be honest I think it's nicer in black and white than it would be in color (in my imagination).

    becky ♡ star violet

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