Amsterdam is one of my favorite words

Just hearing or reading the word, “Amsterdam” is enough to put a smile on my face and conjure up images of peaceful canals, bicycle paths, and cozy cafes.  I don’t even need to be there to experience the feeling known in Dutch as gezellig.  There is no English equivalent, but the German word gemultikeit comes close.  It’s a  feeling of contentment, relaxation and comfort that happens when you slow down and appreciate the little things in life.  The small scale of the city streets, quaint shops, canal-boats and historic buildings all come together to create a gezellig atmosphere.  Take a look at some of these photos from a recent visit, and I think you’ll understand.

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