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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Jill Thornton is a cartographer who visits Amsterdam often for work. The photos featured here span over six years and seven trips, with each capturing the ambiance of Amsterdam she has grown to love.

    Thornton admits Amsterdam is known for many things but says, "I hope more people would go for its museums, restaurants, culture and overall beauty than for all the other stuff most people associate with it."

    Photo 1 was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day on November 20, 2014.
    - taliaday, CNN iReport producer

    My favorite city is Amsterdam. I've been there about 6 or 7 times over the last several years for work, and it is always a magical experience. The first thing I do when I arrive is to just go for a walk, and the nice thing about the city is that I don't need to have a destination in mind--I just GO, and see where my feet take me. I've spent time in the fall, winter, spring, and summer in this city, and I can always enjoy a nice walk, no matter what time of year. The second thing I do is find a good place to sit, eat, and people-watch. Whether it's Tony's New York bagels on Rembrandtplein, or Bella Riva pizza joint on Kadijksplein...whether it's a hot chocolate, or a glass of Amstel...I love sitting and taking it all in. The third thing I love to do is take pictures. This is not hard to do in Amsterdam, as every corner you turn provides you with plenty of opportunities for taking some of the most beautiful pictures.

    Other highlights about this city that I would highly recommend include: visiting the Anne Frank house, going to have doner kabab at the Turkish neighborhood market, taking a boat ride in the canals, and sitting at a streetside cafe, enjoying a drink, with no electronic devices in your hand (unless you're taking pictures).
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