When it comes to wooden shoe and windmill souvenirs, apparently The Netherlands just can’t get enough. I started photographing them right away when I got to Holland, but couldn’t have imagined the creative lengths to which the Dutch would go. Remember that scene in Forrest Gump when Bubba lists off different kinds of shrimp, seemingly for hours? Well, if you can imagine it, there’s probably a wooden shoe with a picture of it on it somewhere in Amsterdam.
Other commonly sighted souvenirs included Delft Blue wares (including the NSFW salt and pepper shakers in the gallery — blue indeed!), tulips and well, I don’t want to spoil the gallery for you. It holds wonders of which you’ve never dreamed (how about a wooden shoe with little wooden shoes growing out of it like tulips?). Have a look through so that next time a friend of yours goes to Amsterdam, you’ll know what crazy artifact to request they bring you.
This trip was paid for by the Netherlands Board of Tourism, but the ideas and opinions expressed in the article above are 100% my own.