The Bicycles of Amsterdam | The Instagram Session.
Outside of Amsterdam Central, as our rosy cheeked “walking taxi” assured us in splintered English that he knew the location of our houseboat rental, I saw what at first appeared to be a junk yard for bikes. There were thousands upon thousands of bikes from every decade dating back to World War II. Upon further investigation, though, I realized these weren’t junked relics, all no, these bikes had a purpose; they are in fact the fabric that ties Amsterdam together.
In Amsterdam people peddle with a purpose (I stole that line from Beth), unlike in San Diego where cruising is the norm. And when the bikes aren’t in motion, they are tossed, tied, locked and flung on sidewalks, stoops, bike racks, trees and lamp posts near the edge of canals, waiting patiently, like the steel ponies they are, for their owners or some thief to take them out again.
I’d like to say thanks to Apartments-Houseboats-Amsterdam for helping us find such a great accommodation on short notice. Stay tuned for our review and photographs from our stay on this vintage dutch barge.
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