Last December, I visited the Amsterdam Light Festival. In the dark months, the city is decked with light and luminous art works that can be admired from the canals or from the streets. As one of my companions had an ankle injury, we had to take a canal boat, which, even though very "Amsterdam", was a pity, for it pushed past the artworks pretty fast. I would always advise going through Amsterdam on foot. You can take your time and you see much more. The canal boats are always in such a hurry.
Still, the canal boat was far from a punishment as you can see. Water and light are a great combination (esthetically. Electrically there might be problems...) as are spring and flowers, which are the main ingredients for the Dutch festivals kicking off right now. Yesterday saw the floral parade in Haarlem: cars and floats covered in flowers, depicting pandas, birds, tea cups and, by way of ultimate inception, flowers. The only downside was that the temperature was the same as it was during the Amsterdam Light Festival in December! I was freezing by float six. Time to seek warmer climes. Off to Italy tomorrow!