Also known as Venice of north, the city of Amsterdam has a web of canals that are spread into each nook and corner of the city and enhances the beauty of the city multi fold. The excellently designed canal system also helps in improving local transportation. Another mode of local transportation that is very popular here is the bike or the bicycle. It is really amazing to know that a city of 7 lakh population has 6 lakh+ bicycles and is most popular form of local transportation. This not only keeps the people fit but also relieves the city roads of heavy traffic and pollution.
I recently got another opportunity to visit the city and I made sure to make most of it this time. Not only I could roam around the city but also made a point to visit the beautiful countryside. Surfing beautiful countryside cities like Edam, Marken and Volendam and going around the wind mills was a great experience. The picture you can see here is of a countryside old style windmill house that is fast going the extinction way these days making way for the new and more efficient windmills. The new windmills are so large in numbers now that you can see them all over the Holland. The picture taken from the aeroplane, shown below will give us a glimpse of the sheer number of windmills in this beautiful country. Please note that all white spots are those monster windmills. These windmills are not the only beauty spots of Amsterdam though. The city is home to some exquisite buildings of modern as well as the not so modern era. The architecture of these buildings is unique be it a church or an airport or a business centre.