Netherlands: Amsterdam’s City Center

“The Dam Square is actually a real square, and there were different shops surrounding each side of the square. The Royal Palace bordered one side, the department store bordered another, and the remaining two sides were lined with shops. I found out that no royal had ever lived in the Royal Palace before, which was an interesting piece of trivia, and my first impression of the Royal Palace was that it was a really nice building. My second impression? Pigeons. Pigeons everywhere. If they were smaller, I probably would have trampled on the whole lot of them and not even notice. There was also an H&M, a wax museum and a café nearby the palace.

The department store named De Bijenkorf was my next stop, and I just admired the goods from a distance as they were all luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes among others. I took a leisurely stroll through the store without buying anything, then I was out in the open air again, this time at the war monument. I have no idea how long it had been since the monument was constructed, but it wasn’t its original pristine, white color anymore. It looked yellow, grey and slightly black in some areas. It must’ve been a grand sight in its prime, but it looked more like a hangout place for those in the city as the monument consisted of a ledge which also served as a bench.”

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