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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
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
November 5, 2004
From journal The one and only--Amsterdam
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 20, 2003
From journal Zigbee quarterly - 6/8/02
Victoria, British Columbia
February 22, 2001
I would recommend taking a short one. I think ours was about 2.5 hours and too long. Getting a guide that is interesting is a big part of that. We couldn't ask questions due to ours being prerecorded.
From journal Amsterdam-Everything You Expected!
October 29, 2006
From journal G-rated Amsterdam
December 18, 2005
From journal Amsterdam-A Forward Thinking City
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 13, 2000
From journal Amsterdam Getaway
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
October 11, 2000
From journal Dutch holiday
October 1, 2009
From journal Three Nights in Amsterdam