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Behind the InstaMeet: Grammin’ the ‘dam with @p_d_y

In this series, we hear from the Instagrammers organizing InstaMeets in different parts of the world. To view more photos and videos from Amsterdam’s Worldwide InstaMeet, browse the #giveadam2014 hashtag and follow @p_d_y on Instagram.

For Phil Yisrael (@p_d_y), an Amsterdam Instagrammer originally from Sydney, Australia, InstaMeets helped him make friends and meet people in the Netherlands. In May, he assembled a team to organize an InstaMeet in Amsterdam focused on bringing people together across the Netherlands and further afield in Northern Europe. Over the course of the weekend, more than 150 Instagrammers came together for one of the biggest InstaMeets the country has seen.

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Spotlight: Amsterdam

Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series, Spotlight, we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

The Netherlands’s capital city, Amsterdam, is alive with sights and sounds. Hundreds of thousands of bicycles weave across the 1,281 bridges that span the city’s many canals. Amsterdam is lush with parks, classical architecture and plenty of museums that make it one of the most important art sites in Europe.

Want a first-person tour of Amsterdam? We put together a list of some amazing Instagrammers from in and around the city.

  • Freek Geurts, the city through the seasons — @regalphis
  • S Fennema, atmospheric shots and reflections — @sfennema
  • Dirk Bakker, Amsterdam through patterns and lines — @macenzo
  • Phil, film-inspired stills of daily life — @p_d_y

To explore the city in depth, you can also browse the location pages for some of Amsterdam’s most popular landmarks:

  • De Riekermolen, one of Amsterdam’s most photogenic windmills
  • The Rijksmuseum, home of the most important collection of classical Dutch art
  • Magere Brug, one of the many beautiful drawbridges spanning the canals
  • Amsterdam ArenA, home to Amsterdam’s football team, AFC Ajax