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A May 2002 trip to Amsterdam by milliebell

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Quote: I returned here for a second visit six months after my first trip. I had so fallen in love with it the first time I was concerned that the second trip would not match up. It was different. A lot of the magic was still there however, plus I was armed with a good idea of where things are and public transport etc. Amsterdam has such a lot to do that despite two trips there are still numerous things I would like to do and see.

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Overview

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Amsterdam? Where can I start? There are enough highlights here to keep someone busy for a few weeks. Many musuems - pick up a musuem map and listing for others not covered in the guidebooks, the atmosphere, the relaxed culture and ... what can I say... the city itself. If you want to get off the beaten track or if your suffering from musuem fatigue (a condition suffered by some travellers I have met, especially those that have bought a musuem card and attempt to get their money's worth by visiting them all) are bikes. There are more cyclists than cars on the roads and cycle tracks are well laid. If your from the UK, remember that they cycle on the right in The Netherlands. Nothing however can ...Read More

Shelter Jordan Hostel

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Hotel | "Shelter Jordan (hostel)"

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The Shelter Jordan is one of two Christian-run hostels in Amsterdam - the other one is in the Red Light district. The website for them is www.shlter.nl I stayed at the Shelter Jordan for two nights. Cross the bridge by the Westerkerk, and turn into Prisengracht. Bloemstraat is your first street on the left. The Anne Frank House is opposite, on the other side of the canal. Rozengracht is behind Bloemstraat, a main street with a laundry, takeaways, coffeeshops etc, though I found it a bit seedy at its upper end. While the hostel was Christian-run, I did not find it too heavy handed. Guests are invited to bible studies, but they are purely optional. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Shelter Jordan Hostel
179 Bloemstraat
Amsterdam, Netherlands

NJHC Hostel

Hotel

NJHC Hostel Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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I did not plan to stay here, but managed to get a bed straightaway after calling them. Every other hostel around was booked. I stayed for one night in a four bedded female dorm with its own bathroom facilities. The hostel is in a lovely location. It is quite a way out of Haarlem city centre - to get here, get bus number 2 to Haarlem-Noord from outside Haarlem Centraal station. Outside the back of the hostel there is a canal and it is surrounded by parkland to the side of it. It is very pleasant for strolling. Its location gives it a rural feel. I was getting tired and needed somewhere quiet just to chill out for a bit, laze around, read, write postcards, stroll and enjoy the sun. It is not close by mu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

NJHC Hostel
Jan Gijzenpad 3
Amsterdam, Netherlands
023 537-3793

De Boelhead

Restaurant

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I went there for lunch. The lunch menu is lighter than the evening menu. The restaurant is nicely decorated, in quite a calming peaceful way. The menus are available in English and the staff also speaks some English. Menu items included rolls, open sandwiches, soup, and salad plates. I had the soup of the day, which was bean and vegetable, and a feta cheese open sandwhich. Portions were very generous. There was a selection of cakes and sweets, but I was too full by then! My lunch of fruit juice, soup and open sandwhich was just under 10 euros, though it would cost more for the dinner menu. The restaurant is on the opposite side of the Anne Frank house, much further down. It is open 12pm - 10pm every d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

De Boelhead
60 Prisengracht
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yellow Bike

Attraction

Yellow Bike Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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We started off at the base at Nieuwezijds Kolk 29, which is close to Centraal Station. After being fitted for our bikes, and hearing a talk about the route, the brakes, and security, we set off. We rode behind Centraal Station and crossed the river on the ferry. After that we had a long ride down a quiet canal, and it was really pretty. It had a very rural feel to it despite being just a short distance from Amsterdam. We stopped at a windmill further down, and then continued riding. We frequently stopped to hear our guide tell us about the area. We stopped at a pretty village called Broek in Waterlaand for lunch at a pancake house, which was wonderful. This is not included in the price of the tou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Yellow Bike
Nieuwezijds Kolk 29
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Anne Frank House and Museum

Attraction | "Anne Frank House"

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There tends to be long queues for this musuem during the day. I got there at 10am prompt and did not have to wait long. There is a complimentary leaflet available in a wide range of languages. Before you reach the secret annex, there is the business area. Exhibitions deal with what was in the room and information about what happened there. There are extracts from Anne's diary about things that happened there. As you move through the warehouse there are videos, wall mounts, and exhibition cases. Watch out for the glass covering the staircase. In Anne's time here, this was a very steep staircase going from the ground to the third floor. It is now covered over, but if you're nervous about heights like I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

The Anne Frank House and Museum
Prinsengracht 267
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GV
+31 20 556 71 00

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Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom