A January 2000 trip
to Amsterdam by zabelle
Quote: If you wanted to reach saturation point on Van Gogh and Rembrandt then there is no better place than Amsterdam. To visit in January means that the crowds aren't there and you can enjoy the city at your own pace.
The Van Gogh Museum was a haven of peace and color in this very lively city. Make sure you visit the gift shop there as well, they have the best print selection I've ever seen, and the best organized.
The Riksmuseum was one of the most wonderful museums I've ever visited, their Rembrandts are fabulous. Visit his house to get a real feel for the artist and his time.
The Anne Frank House is a must see. Its heartbreaking to see her bedroom and the pictures she had on her walls still there.
Dam square is the center of the old part of the city. The Nieuwe Kerk is there as well as the Royal Palace.
Take the time to poke around in the small shops. The Dutch people are very friendly and they all seem to speak English.
For a quick and inexpensive meal eat in the museums. We had lunch at both the Van Gogh Museum and the Riksmuseum and both were good food at a good price. Plus we got to share a table with some other visitors.
Also take a ride on a street car. Its fun and a little confusing. You never pay the same way. Sometimes you put your ticket in on the way into the car and on some cars you buy your ticket. Just look around and see what everyone else is doing.
My one complaint was that the walls are paper thin and we could hear into the ajoining room and when people talked outdoors late at night we could also hear this.
The breakfast room was well decorated , the Christmas tree was still up and it was very festive. We had a continental plus breakfast as part of our rate which included bread, boiled eggs, cheese and meat. The waitresses were in local costume and were very friendly. The desk staff also had recommendations for dining in the neighborhood.
The location is one of the main draws of this hotel. It is within 2 blocks of the Anne Frank House and the West Kirk. It is about 5 or 6 blocks from Dam Square and the trolley stop is just up the street.
Somehow though we were always turned around when we stayed here. The map in my travel book seems to be reversed and we never did figure out exactly where we were until our last day there. This is unusual since we are not directionaly challenged.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 24, 2000
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