N is for the Netherlands (and some other European nations)

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Today I thought I would share some European photographs for the A to Z Challenge, and thus today’s travel theme is N is for the Netherlands (and some random European nations).

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Windmill in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – photo by kei

The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is famous for many things – it’s canal system, the profuseness of bicycles, the legality of certain substances, the red light district, and, of course, windmills. You can join a tour and venture just outside of Amsterdam, traveling through a picture-perfect landscape dotted with canals, authentic wooden houses, windmills, and fishing villages, as well as have an opportunity to observe traditional crafting.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France Maison des Tanneurs – photo by kei

Strasbourg, located in France, is the capital of the Alsace region, and has been heavily influenced by nearby Germany. Although Strasbourg is primarily known for its Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, it is also dotted with quaint provincial buildings reminiscent of its German heritage.

Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz, Germany – photo by kei

Koblenz is a 2,000-year-old town in Germany, nestled in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, and surrounded by four low mountain ranges. The town features abundant cultural monuments and historic buildings amidst a relaxed atmosphere of town squares and river promenades.

I think that one of the most interesting parts of European cities is the diversity as well as the blend of cultures that you find. The historic geopolitical ties have bound these cities and countries together inextricably, and yet each city possesses a culture that is all its own.

What is your favorite city in Europe? Where have you been, or where would you like to go? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “N is for the Netherlands (and some other European nations)

  1. I think I do not have any favorite city anywhere but I guess it is because I prefer the countryside 🙂
    In case I do have to chose it would be Flensburg in north Germany but for this I don’t have any real reason

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  2. claowue

    You are right. Here in Europe the cities are different. Everyone has something of it’s own. I think that’s because a lot of this cities have grown over centuries. Each city for her own, from the middle ages till now (some are even older) – and back then the distances were much bigger between the towns as they are now.
    My favorite European City? Take a look in my blog at the day of letter R, then you’ll find out 😉

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