Just before summer kicked in we were booked for two shoots in Amsterdam. Weather forecast wasn’t promising with plenty clouds and rain, usual thing for Amsterdam. We had two days to look around and get our location hunting done, two days to shoot our assignment and rest of the days to shoot Amsterdam. Also we ‘ve planned a bit of travelling outside of the city.
Once we arrived to the city of Amsterdam weather forecast was completely different and changed for better. It was an unexpected turn, so we ended up never using our rain proofs 🙂
Scouting the city for locations was absolute fun with lots of notes in our diaries and our memories.
First impression of Amsterdam was fairly neutral. You definitely will need more than two days to get into atmosphere and feel the dynamics of the city. We were truly terrified by amount of push bikes around and mad traffic created by it. You always have to look both ways to make sure you are not going to be knocked off by a cyclist. Friendly smell of freshly smoked green stuff comes with big numbers of happy faces within central part of Amsterdam, where most Coffee Shops are located. Coffee Shops in Amsterdam sell not only coffee, let’s put it this way: cup of coffee is not a main reason to pop in for their usual visitors.
Outskirts of Amsterdam definitely worth to visit with its beautiful windmills, tulip plantations, clogg factories, fisherman villages, cheese farms and much more other interesting things to see.
We would recommend to take a day or half a day tour to see real Amsterdam with its magical atmosphere full of Dutch history.