This is part of a series going back through my phone photos and finding my favorites of Amsterdam and its environs. I’m writing this post in 2024, reflecting on my years here.
Things were opening up, despite a tough winter of lockdowns. We had just gone on a couple of weekend adventures with friends and on our own across the Netherlands, and summer was looking good ahead, with trips around Europe and, finally in September, a trip back home to see my family for the first time since the pandemic began.
Some of my favorite activities during this time was to just go on walks and explore the city. Amsterdam is so beautiful, and there were still much fewer tourists so it made the city feel (a little more) empty.
One of the neat things that happens during spring time is all of the seeds from the trees fall and start to collect in different places along the canals. I’ve taken pictures of this boat before (the Louisa). It is moored on Brouwersgracht near some picturesque bridges and a speeltuin. It’s really one of my favorite canals.
I walked to get a haircut, and then just kept walking around de Jordaan. While this day was a bit gray, I loved the contrast between the toasted brown water filled with seeds, the blooming trees, and the red canal homes. Just a quiet moment on a spring day.