Amsterdam Journals

Amsterdam

A May 2002 trip to Amsterdam by mcbabe

Amsterdams architecture Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: A journal describing the ups and downs of our very very recent weeks stay in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam

Overview

Amsterdam's architecture Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam is a beautiful city, and one of the best things you can do is simply to walk around the different areas and take in your surroundings. As far as actual sights are concerned the Royal Palace is a good place to start. The inside realy does beat the outside, although public access is restricted to such a small area you'll probably think the entrance fee was slightly steep. The Atlas sculpture in the main hall there is really worth seeing, as are the circular maps charting Dutch influence at the time that adorn the floor. We loved everything, but the best advice I can give is to just wonder around - your 100% sure to find something interesting!Quick Tips: 1. Book ...Read More

Hem Hotel Maas

Hotel | "Hotel Maas"

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We stayed in this hotel the first night we arrived: at the airport there resources to find city hotels (and free phone calls to them) and we found this place after MANY calls (i.e. my advice is to book before you go!). The hotel is right by the Liedseplien, in the heart of the city (but also in the most touristy bit). The atmosphere of the hotel was really nice: very homey, especially at breakfast for some reason! The room was pretty small though, and basic (but comfortable). It seemed a little expensive for the quality of hotel but still had a charm all of its own. It is right on a canal up winding stairs with simply cosy decor. My only reservation in fully recommending this hotel is that ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Hem Hotel Maas
LEIDSEKADE 91
Amsterdam, Netherlands
206233868

Amsterdam American Hotel

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Hotel | "American"

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This is a luxury hotel and no doubt about it - it has a price tag to match. Gigantic rooms, luxury, modern decor, great service and free bottled water everyday! The whole experience was more than comfortable. The room was extremely modern (no chintz!), the service slick. The hotel corridors were decorated with posters of (I would guess) the '20s advertising cigarettes, movies, etc. The beautiful staircase that winds around the lifts is interrupted on every floor with classy maritime stained glass. The facilities are good (internet available, but at a ridiculously high cost compared to the hundreds of internet cafes (or more often coffee shops) scattered around the city. We got breakfast ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Amsterdam American Hotel
Leidsekade 97
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 PN
+31 (0) 20 556 3000

Golden Temple

Restaurant

Golden Temple Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This is a truely special vegetarian dining experience. The flavours were subtle (not to mention delicious), and the menu was varied and interesting. We both had the thalis - my boyfriend the Indian, I had the middle eastern thali.

Generally one of the nicest meals we'd ever had in a purely vegetarian restaurant. Go here despite the bad press of veggie restaurants in this town!

Wonder round the surrounding streets for interesting shops, houses, and a generally more lived in feel than the tourist circuit will give you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Golden Temple
Utrechtsestraat 126
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 626-8560

Boom Chicago

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Attraction | "Rock Stars by Boom Chicago"

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We picked up on this comedy act through the guide to Amsterdam's many charms they write (and leave free in hotels, bars, etc). It was funny and more accurate than any of the guide books we brought with us so we went for it. For a start, we went for the pre-show dinner, served in your seats in the theatre. The food was OK, but with not many vegetarian options to say the least! We thought the main veggie meal was pretty bland but the salad was good. The act itself is a combination of improv and planned sketches: both of which were very funny. It's an audience participation thing (with a few audience members picked out for torture!) so underlying the laughs is a sort of cold fear if you're n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Boom Chicago
Leidseplein 12
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Independant Outlook

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Attraction | "Independant Outlook (punk shopping!)"

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This is a sort of Amsterdamish heaven for punks/skaters. The music (vinyl and CD) is great, with a mix of mainstream punk, old school punk and metal and anything else with load guitars (from Bad Brains to the Offspring via Le Tigre and KISS)! I'm not really an expert on skating stuff, but they had some boards with some cool pictures on them ;) The clothes here are an eclectic mix (kind of like the music) which works quite well. A mixture of the standard alternative T-shirts (Porn Star stuff, etc), some more interesting things for girls and boys including nice quality mens shirts with more interesting things printed on them. It's sort of strange though, because in amoungst this are brands t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Independant Outlook
Vijzelstraat 77
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sex Museum Amsterdam

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Attraction | "Sex Museum"

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This museum is clearly meant to capitalise on the 'seedy' side of Amsterdam's reputation (it's right opposite the red light district). It's a pretty silly and tacky musuem in many ways. It's more of a museum of novelty items than sex (wax work men with trench coats which open up when you walk near them and display their 'goods' etc). However, it's actually pretty funny. Everyone likes a sex joke after all... Also, if you consider this is the sort of thing the British library won't let you see unless you're a bespectacled, respectable scholar, it takes on a sort of charm. The exhibits here range from the silly to the lurid, but don't go expecting to be titilated, go expecting to have a phot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2002

Sex Museum Amsterdam
Damrak 18
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rijksmuseum

Attraction

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This museum is the Netherland's national museum and contains a varied (and huge) collection of pre-1850 Dutch art. It contains some of the most famous Dutch paintings in the world (including the Nightwatchman) which are clearly signposted to help you out if you are only intending to see these one or two things! In fact, wandering around the museum will reveal more interesting art than these few examples. Without any previous interest in Dutch art, I still enjoyed myself. This is really a mainstream tourist destination (as evidenced by the huge number of pyramid poster tubes with 'Rijksmuseum' written on them that you'll see around the city). However, it holds this appeal because it is a cl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Rijksmuseum
Stadhouderskade 42
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00

Magna Plaza

Attraction

Magna Plaza Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Depending on your point of view, this mall is either the commercial rape of a glorious building, or the living use of a public space. Whatever your opinion, a walk around it is a really interesting experience (even if it is not matched by the prosiac brand name retailers that inhabit this building).

There is nothing much to recommend actually shopping here - unless you're after a pair of levis you could get anywhere! There are some Finnish design stores - but you can get this stuff anywhere.

Inside and out this is yet another example of what a deliciously pretty city Amsterdam is - even the shopping malls are nice!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Magna Plaza
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 SJ
+31 20 626 91 99

Lizards on Leidseplein Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Leidseplein is the tourist centre of Amsterdam, so you will no doubt end up here: either to stay in one of the hotels, or just by coming across it in your exploration of the city. We stayed around here, and found it had its benefits as well as its drawbacks. The square is surrounded on all sides by a plethora of bars, coffeeshops, cafes and restaurants. My advice if you are considering eating here is just don't: every meal we had in the area was terrible. The restaurants all seem to display 'tourist' menus, and cater for louty British men and women (there is even a British 'Sports Bar'). Despite this, this area is an interesting place to visit. It has a surreal unplanted (at lea...Read More