Amsterdam isn’t my favorite city even though I have given it a couple of chances. We just don’t click and that’s fine, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t find parts of this city beautiful and even alluring. There is a certain romance to Amsterdam, the former hub of a commercial empire that at one time controlled vast swaths of the planet. You can see this wealth and power sprinkled around town, the gilders are reflected in stately homes and exquisite manors that dot the city’s extensive canal system. It’s enough to make this Amsterdam hater into not a lover, but at least an admirer and no where are these architectural highlights better seen than from the canals that criss-cross the city.