For an introduction to the canal system of Amsterdam, often called the Venice of the North, we hopped on one of the many tour boats for a guided cruise.
First our boat took us through the harbor, among the cargo barges and ferries crossing over to what the locals call the "opposite side," before we left the river, we enter the canals in what is known as the Canal Ring.
These three waterways were dug in the early sixteen hundreds, and form a semicircle around the city center.
This allowed for expansion as Holland was entering that Golden Age. Dutch ships and merchants spanned the globe over the next century and Amsterdam grew into one of the world's great cities... CONTINUE READING and see fabulous photos of this canal cruise
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