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Sin and innocence coexisting harmoniously in Amsterdam

In March 2006 my wife attended a congress in Amsterdam and I seized the opportunity to visit the Dutch metropolis for five days (17-20 March) as well. This was my third visit to Amsterdam - the first one was in June 1996 and the second one in January 2000. Being a diverse city, Amsterdam combines sin and innocence in a very charming way. The notorious, smokey "coffee-shops" and the red-light-district to suit all preferences are just a few steps off the busy streets and the picturesque dwelling neighbourhoods.
Four nights to remember
Four nights to remember
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Fine leather, fine china
Fine leather, fine china
Seventeenth century door
Seventeenth century door
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Clustered Colour Contrast
Music and coins don't mix
Music and coins don't mix
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Spui - no barrel distortion
Begijnhof, an oasis behind the busy streets
Begijnhof, an oasis behind the busy streets
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The writings on the wall
The writings on the wall
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View from the most possible accessible height
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Leidsestraat
Leidseplein
Leidseplein
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t2%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f66172829.NX7iwQy4.jpg Public Relations
Public Relations
Violent Relations
Violent Relations
Stop the war!
Stop the war!
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For those not ashamed to urinate in public
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
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Golden detail
Tiled detail
Tiled detail
Long long way to go
Long long way to go
Museumplein
Museumplein
Vondelpark entrance
Vondelpark entrance
Innovative fast-food
Innovative fast-food
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The Grasshopper, too touristy
Best quality/price ratio
Best quality/price ratio
Indian inspiration
Indian inspiration
Legal transactions...
Legal transactions...
...legal puffs...
...legal puffs...
...but not always.
...but not always.
Red Light District around the clock
Red Light District around the clock
Narrow choice
Narrow choice
Customer Care preparations
Customer Care preparations
Turn around, look at me!
"Turn around, look at me!"
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Sin first, then forgiveness
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Centraal Station under restoration
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Royal pediment
Royal pediment
Royal dome
Royal dome
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
The Dam
The Dam
Damrak
Damrak
Kalverstraat, temple of consumption
Kalverstraat, temple of consumption
Highlighting, not hiding the problem
Highlighting, not hiding the problem
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2CV
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Trademark of Amsterdam
Trademark of Amsterdam
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"Eerste Klas" dining
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Eating Chamber
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If all factories were looking like this...
If all factories were looking like this...
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Flower market
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The look ahead
The look ahead
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Opera House
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t2%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f66175313.ycCKcYf9.jpg Floating dwellers
Floating dwellers
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t2%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f66175319.PkIQvtRH.jpg It's not a tanker...
It's not a tanker...
...it's a building!
...it's a building!
Massive bicycle depot
Massive bicycle depot