Amsterdam Journals

Amsterdam: A Joy Forever

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A travel journal to Amsterdam by Marianne

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Amsterdam: A Joy Forever

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Overview

Amsterdam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam is Europe's smallest capital. It has less that one million residents, even after you count all illegal residents. The better known European capitals have populations reaching 10 million. This means you can relax in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is often confused with the entire country of Holland. If you have time you should visit other parts of Holland as well. When you hear about the coffeeshops and Red Light District don’t assume...Read More

La Ruche, Bijenkorf

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Restaurant

La Ruche, Bijenkorf Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Big brother is watching you and so is the Bijenkorf. There are sensors at the entrance so that my visit is registered. Fortunately they don’t know who I am and were I come from. They will never know because I have no customer card and don’t intend to get one.The Bijenkorf is a department store and the best there is in Holland. It is nowhere near Harrods in London, but I suppose we will have to make do.The Bijenkorf is definitely more expensive than the Hema, another favourite in the Dutch High Street. It is a good thing to know that The Bijenkorf and Hema are owned by the same company. The present Bijenkorf is a listed building and dates from 1915....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

La Ruche, Bijenkorf
Dam 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 621 80 80

Restaurant de Roode Leeuw

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Restaurant

Restaurant de Roode Leeuw Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The crowded, colourful, noisy excitement on the Damrak greets me when I get out of Amsterdam Central Station. If the weather is reasonable I love to sit outside in one of the cafes and do a bit of people-watching. I make it a point never to eat in any hotel-restaurant, too expensive and usually the food is not very exciting. But De Roode Leeuw is an exception.De Roode Leeuw belongs to ‘Neerlands Dis Associatie’. This stands for ‘Dutch Dishes Association’ and guarantees that the food they serve is of high quality (all right, what else would you expect?) but more importantly they serve traditional Dutch dishes, using Dutch meat, dairy and vegetables.I can recommend their lunches...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

Restaurant de Roode Leeuw
Damrak 93-94
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Restaurant Café in de Waag

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Restaurant | "De Waag"

Restaurant Café in de Waag Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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It’s evening, it’s dark, it’s half past nine. The key creaks in its lock and is brought to the city hall for safekeeping. The Sint Anthonius Gate is locked and everyone in the city is safe. It used to be one of the gateways to Amsterdam, but this was in 1488.But Amsterdam expanded. At the beginning of the 17th century the Sint Anthonius gate stood within the city walls and was no longer a defence tower.It was then transformed into a weighing house. Merchants liked it because it was conveniently situated near to the river. Soon they a weekly market in front of the Waag. In 18th century the Nieuwmarkt, the new market, developed into one of Amsterdam's most important trade centres....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2002

Restaurant Café in de Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 422-7772

Broodje van Kootje

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Restaurant

Broodje van Kootje Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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’Met?’ he said questioningly.I’m taken aback, I jog my memory. ‘Met’ is Dutch for ‘with’.But, with what? I had asked for ‘patat’, that much I had remembered. ‘Friet’ south of the rivers and ‘patat’ north of the rivers. That's another anomaly this south – north divide. The rivers Meuse and Rhine neatly divide Holland into two. Different cultures, different use of language, hence friet and patat or patatje The snackbar attendant is bursting with impatience. He propels words at me:'Patatje oorlog?''Patatje ziekenhuis?''Patatje orientaal?'’Chips, please’, I say, defeated.He smiles at me, relieved and hands me a bag of crisps....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

Broodje van Kootje
Leidseplein 20
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 PT
+31 20 623 20 36

Shakie

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Restaurant

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Train stations often look dreary especially when you have just missed your train. But delays, cancellations of trains they don’t bother me any longer now that I have discovered Banana Boom, Nutty Nut, Summer Romance and Soyberrry Bandit. These shakes are a mixture of fruit, milk and yoghurt. If you don’t feel like a shake you can order fresh orange juice, coffee, muffins or bagel.Another good point is their opening hours:Monday – Friday 07.00-21.00Saturday 08.30-20.00Sunday 09.00-20.00When you have lived in Holland long enough you will have noticed that it is almost impossible to buy breakfast. The reason is that the Dutch have their breakfast at home, they usually take hom...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Shakie
Centraal Station West Tunnel
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 636 98 36

Zandvoort aan Zee

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Attraction

Zandvoort aan Zee Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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A revelation. That’s what is wasI didn’t know there were so many shapes, sizes and varieties. Some were long and thin or short and thick, others limp or erect, dangling or hardly worth mentioning.I didn’t come prepared and felt slightly overdressed, to say the least. But they didn’t even look at me. I had intended to go for a walk along the beach. Zandvoort beach is excellent for walking. As far as the eye can reach golden sand and a bluish sea.So, I set out, leaving the crowd behind, children with buckets and spades, mothers lounging in the sun, fathers reading newspapers.Soon I had the beach all to myself. In the distance I could see another crowd. Again fathers and mo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2002

Zandvoort aan Zee
Boulevard
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Centraal Station

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I step out of the Central Station into the crowd. Yellow trams, criss cross of tramtracks, flowers, people all hastening towards their goal. Suddenly, I realize I have no goal. I turn round and look at the station building. It was completed in 1889 and the architecture is fascinating. Look up and you’ll discover the most lovely architectional details. You may not realise this but the station is built on an island. It has two towers with beautifully decorated clocks. It is a gateway to the city of Amsterdam but also to Europe as here you can board international trains. It’s only 4 hours to Paris by Thalys.Metro, bus and tram all have a stop at the station. In the main concourse ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

Centraal Station
Stationsplein
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 AB

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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Attraction | "Canal Bus"

Amsterdam Canal Cruises Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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A soft purring of the engine. Smoothly we glide through the water.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 th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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Circletram

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Attraction | "Circle Tram: Line 20"

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I love trams! Especially now I know where to get my ticket and what to do with it. Your ticket is valid throughout Holland on all city trams and buses. Your fare depends on how many zones will travel. The centre of Amsterdam is all in the same zone. There are two ways of collecting fares:In some trams there is an extra conductor in the back. If you haven’t got a ticket or haven’t validated it you must get in at the rear. Some trams do not have the rear conductor. This means you will have to get in at the front. The driver will sell you a ticket and validate it for you. It’s far better to buy your ‘strippenkaart’ in advance because on the tram or bus you will pay double the price...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2002

Circletram
Prins Hendrikkade 33
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 TM
+31 20 521 33 24