First time in the Netherlands, staying in Zaandam, but visiting Amsterdam by train, which is very easy to do. I must say the rain was an issue, but one must carry on. From the start thought Schipol was a nice airport, easy to get around, rail service fabulous. In the rain, walked through the heart of Amsterdam. Canals, boats, the architecture, wow. Watch out for bikes!!! Everyone so very friendly. Eventually found the Rijksmuseum, amazing place. Spent a few dry hours there. Then to the Bloememmarkt, which I would like to see in the spring. Anne Frank House, line ups are very long, strolled over to the Palace and the main square. Very impressive. Over to the Red Light District. It is what it is. Could not come to Amsterdam without seeing it though. It was very busy as the Dutch footy fans were warming up for the World Cup Qualifier. Never seen so much orange. Finished off with a drink at the 1eKlas bar in the Centraal Station. Even though we had walked a good part of the Centrum, we were determined to see more two days later. The weather did not cooperate. I have never seen such wind and rain. We walked along the waterfront to the zoo/botanical area, but were defeated by the weather. My tourist info poncho actually shredded in the wind. WE are so glad we were able to do so much on our first day. We truly enjoyed our first, but short visit to Amsterdam. It makes us want to return to see more and enjoy the culture.