I know very well that to take the perfect photo of the iconic I amsterdam slogan, I must wake up at 5:30 a.m. and run over to Museumplein (at the back of the Rijksmuseum) before the tourists and visitors arrive in droves. But it was too cold to get up that early and besides, I kept late nights with friends sipping my favorite fresh mint tea leaves in one of many cafés on the Leidseplein and Rembrandstplein. So I shouldn't be disappointed at all with the images below since these were taken in late afternoon at the height of the King's Birthday weekend celebrations.
Everyone is hanging out in front of the slogan or should I say, all over the slogan. There's absolutely no way of getting a clear view of it. Notice the colorful orange accessories worn by many. It's the theme color of the House of Orange from whence the new King descended. These folks had been partying on the streets of Amsterdam all day long.
I have an almost unobstructed view from the back.
So I tried again the following week, same time, late afternoon. But I could only fit the entire sign by taking the photo from the side. I was using my IPhone and I haven't mastered the panoramic setting yet. I really should wake up early next time.
And I don't mind if I'm tagged a tourist because I'm engrossed in taking pictures of this fun icon. I'm up to the challenge!
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Images by TravelswithCharie