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June 5, 2004
From journal Amsterdam
May 31, 2004
At a higher price, you can have night cruises with an Indonesian dinner upon certain vessels.
The Hague, China
May 11, 2004
Day or night, a boat ride gives you a different perspective of those memorable canal houses, from the narrowest sliver of a building to the grandest of houses on Herengraacht.
Spot your favourite type of gable and then enjoy the view from the water. Keep your eye out for quirky details on buildings and quick glimpses into canal house windows.
From journal Weekend in Amsterdam
San Francisco, California
February 27, 2004
And that did it. It was Fear and Loathing in Amsterdam. I freaked out, climbed in in the boat, sat down, looked said boyfriend in the face, and firmly told him that I was going to die and that my heart was exploding. I put my head in my lap and cried. And off we went. . .
Then just like that! Snap. I was floating. . . calm waters, beautiful views, slow, and serine. I was going to live. I sat up and smiled. Until tour conductor lady started talking.
She informed everyone that we would be on the little boat for an hour and a half and we were on a special tour of gables. "WHAT!" I shouted out loud to the dismay of tour conductor lady. My exclamation of "WHAT" had two parts to it. One part was Why! WHY so long? And the other was, What on Earth is a gable? Well, an hour and a half later I knew. They are the stupid things that stick out of the tops of the buildings in order to haul furniture into the thin Dutch houses.
I still have the photo the tour company took of everyone on that trip. At the end of the tour, all the photos are stuck up on this board. I saw mine and took it. I realized later that we had to buy them (dumb ass me), but the Dutch are too cool to go running down the street after some idiot American high on grass, lucky for me.
At least do this once. Do go. I do it every time I visit Amsterdam. However, there are several different companies doing this offering different styles and types of cruises. You run the gamut when you walk out of Central Station. What I do is look at all the brochures for the different operators in my hotel lobby. They all have them. And I chose that way.
From journal A stoner chick's guide to Amsterdam
January 7, 2004
Clear windows curve up to the roof. You can slide the glass back for an unobstructed view. Some boats have a small open deck in the rear.
There are some boat tours at night that serve dinner or wine by candlelight. Even if you have taken a boat ride in the day, it is worth doing it again at night, with bridges outlined by thousands of tiny white light bulbs.
We began the tour outside the Rijksmuseum. Another location where you can catch the boats is at the Rokin canal, a few hundred yards south of the Dam.
From journal Amsterdam - a city that never sleeps!
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
December 2, 2003
A number of companies near Centraal station and along the Damrak offer canal tours of the city. They all are similarly priced and the routes are all pretty much the same. All the boats are also more or less uniform, being long, low boats with glass canopies. The tours have recorded narrations of the sites you'll see, and the short descriptions are offered in Dutch, German, French and English.
Being as the canals are low to begin with and that these boats are pretty deep, you'll find yourself looking up a lot. Also unless you're on a water taxi (which isn't a tour), you have no chance to get out and look around. The canals only can get you so close to some sites, and therefore you don't get to see the likes of the Royal Palace or Dam Square.
What you do get to see however is the impressive artwork along the bridges, as pedestrians are not able to really appreciate. Also, these canals were the lifeblood of the city centuries ago. Back when shipping was the Dutch financial backbone, the canals were used to transport things products to and from the docks.
Because of the design of the city, there are no bus tours of the city. The canal boats are the best alternative. And it offers some insight into the past. As the saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." So when in the Netherlands, take an hour to do as the ancient Dutch did.
From journal It's much more than vice city
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 20, 2003
From journal Zigbee quarterly - 6/8/02
December 29, 2002
The Rijksmuseum has the most famous collection of old Dutch Masters and is must-see. At the same canal boat stop is the Van Gogh Museum, another important sight.
Even if you are not a gardener, everyone enjoys the Flower Market. It is a good place to find inexpensive souvenirs and a hearty lunch of Dutch sandwiches and beer.
If you are after a little adventure, you will want to stop at the Red Light District. Watch your wallet and passport. Also, photographing is frowned on.
The "brown" cafes are popular with the young tourists, based on the belief the marijuana sales are legal. They are not, but are generally ignored. Lately, there have been raids because of stronger drugs being sold.
Amsterdam is notorious for the aboveboard gay life, and it is pretty obvious. The city attracts gays from all over the world and alternative lifestyles are quite visible.
From journal Amsterdam-the Best of Europe's Canal Cities
Salt Lake City, Utah
August 25, 2002
From journal Amsterdam and Around
May 25, 2002
Old houses, warehouses, cars, bicycles, Amsterdammertjes, bridges. The roof is open, the sun streams in.
'These chairs!', involuntarily I'm listening to a young boy, cheeks red with excitement, 'Did you sit on them? It's just like .... and they vibrate!'
I smile. It's obvious that he enjoyed the Sex Museum. I wonder if he's on his way to one of the coffeeshops.
'I have never realised that drugs grow on tree', says a middle aged man behind me.'You first have to dry them, though', his wife replies, 'I think they make lovely pot plants', she continues. Hash Museum, I conclude.
'And now we are approaching the 'Skinny Bridge', you should come here when it's dark to see how it's illuminated.' The voice continues in French, then German and Dutch.
'Why does the man tell more in Dutch than in English?' a young girl asks her father. Apparently the father is a linguist, 'No, it's not like that. German and Dutch sound the same, so it seems that he tells more in Dutch, but actually he tells first in German and then in Dutch'.
The Canal Bus is a perfct way to move around Amsterdam. It’s a combination of public transport and a canal boat trip. The difference is that with the canal bus you need not do the whole route. There are stops at main tourist attractions where you can get off. See the tourist thing and hop on again. Besides on board you will get useful information about the sights you see en route.
There are three lines: red , green and blue.
red line: 85 mins.Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Westerkerk/Keizersgracht, Central Station, Rembrandt Huis, Rijksmuseum.
green line 85 mins. Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, City Hall, Central Station, Anne Frank Huis/Prinsegracht, Rijksmuseum.
blue line 60 minsCentral Station, Maritime Museum, Artis/Zoo, Tropenmuseum, Central Station.
You can buy a day ticket at:Central StationRijksmuseumon boardin your hotelat the VVV (tourist information centre)in the canal bus itself
Your ticket is valid until noon the next day.
€ 14 for all three lines€ 9 for blue line only.
From journal Amsterdam: A Joy Forever