Amsterdam Journals

Amsterdam - a city that never sleeps!

A January 2003 trip to Amsterdam by Rittu

NH Schiller Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: We spent five days in Amsterdam, arriving there New Year's day. We had a wonderful time. Compared to Canada's winters, the weather was not too bad! Lots to do and lots to see in and around Amsterdam. Would love to go back when the tulips are in full bloom!

Amsterdam - a city that never sleeps!

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Overview

The Central Station Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam is a city that never sleeps! It has plenty to offer and is particularly popular because of its laid-back atmosphere and "anything goes" attitude! The ground is so waterlogged the houses are often built on wooden "stilts" as a foundation. Central Station is built on 9000 stilts!! Schiphol Airport is 5 meters below sea level, Amsterdam is 1.5 meters below. Did you know that Amsterdam has 165 canals, 1281 bridges, 70 canal cruise boats, 8 wooden drawbridges, 2500 houseboats and 120 water bikes? Some of the best things to do in Amsterdam are a visit to the Anne Frank house and museum, a walk in the Red Light District, taking a canal boat tour, a visit to the Rijksmuseu...Read More

NH Schiller

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Hotel | "The NH Schiller Hotel"

NH Schiller Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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We had a well-appointed double room with two queen beds, a minibar and coffee-making facilities in the room. A bath with shower and hair dryer. The room was very well furnished and clean. Our window overlooked the Rembrandt Square. It was noisy with it being the New Year and lot of tourists in town, but we did not mind it! The hotel houses wonderful examples of Art Nouveau and modernist pieces. The hotel is ideally situated to allow you to see all the highlights of this exciting city. The unique blend of traditional and contemporary is reflected in the hotel's interior. Brasserie Schiller in the Schiller Hotel is a classical Art Deco-style restaurant. The Brasserie serves traditional Dutch/French cuis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2004

NH Schiller
REMBRANDTPLEIN 26 36
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 20 5540700

Indrapura

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Restaurant

Indrapura Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This is an upscale restaurant right in Rembrandt Square. Reservations are usually required. Very nice ambience, and it is furnished as a club in colonial style. We tried the Rijsttafel, or the "rice table," which is a sampling of the many flavors and textures of Indonesian cuisine. It can be shared by two or more people. Once your table has been set with low food warmers, all your dishes (could be between 17 and 35) arrive at one time. Among the customary dishes and ingredients of a rijsttafel are loempia (classic Chinese-style egg rolls); satay, or sateh (small kebabs of pork, grilled and served with a spicy peanut sauce); perkedel (meatballs); gado-gado (vegetables in peanut sauce);...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2004

Indrapura
Rembrandtplein 40-42
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 623-7329

CAU

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Restaurant | "Gaucho's"

CAU Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This is an Argentinian steakhouse with a dark wooden interior with pools of light over large wooden tables and cowhide bench seats. The kitchen is behind glass and has a fierce wood-burning grill. The menu focuses on meat and majors in beef. There are starters - Argentinian sausages, empanadas, etc. - but people come for the steaks. Rump, sirloin and fillet in three sizes up to 300 grammes, or they´ll gladly cut you a larger slice. A 225-gramme (about 8-ounce) sirloin cost about 18 Euros. That covers just the meat. Optional sides include jacket potatoes, fries, grilled corn on the cob, and the salad bar. Also, freshly baked bread rolls with herb butter. On the table is a pot of Chimichurri, whi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2004

CAU
Damstraat 5
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 JL
+31 20 623 9632

Grand Holland Tour

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Grand Holland Tour Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This was a full-day tour departing by luxury coach from the Damrak near Central Station in Amsterdam. We drove through the Dutch countryside to the town of Aalsmeer, which was our first stop. The drive through the flat countryside with its villages, windmills and canals was interesting!

The sights included on the tour were:
Aalsmeer and its Flower Auction
Rotterdam
Delft and a visit to a Delft Blue Factory
The Hague
Scheveningen
Madurodam

For more details, read my FreeForm entry titled "Sights on the Grand Holland Tour"!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2004

Grand Holland Tour
Damrak, Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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Attraction | "Amsterdam Canal Tour"

Amsterdam Canal Cruises Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The boats offer an informative tour through the canals, a definite must. The four main canals in the canal belt are Prinsengracht (Princes’ Canal), Herengracht (Gentlemen’s Canal), Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal), and Singel. The route will take you in a complete circle around the historic center, shifting from one canal to another to show you a section of each of the four major canals and the broad harbor. You get a close-up view of the houseboats along some of the canals too. Clear windows curve up to the roof. You can slide the glass back for an unobstructed view. Some boats have a small open deck in the rear. There are some boat tours at night that serve dinner or wine by candlelig...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2004

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam

Aalsmeer Flower Auction

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Attraction

Aalsmeer Flower Auction Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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It is the world's largest! Millions of flowers and plants are bought and sold here each business day. Although the majority of them come from local producers, many are flown in from other countries. Once they go through the auction, they are loaded onto airplanes for the trip to the U.S. and other countries to be sold that day from your local florist shop. The auction house is huge, about the size of nine football fields under one roof. The carts of plant material are hooked together and pulled through the auction area, where it is displayed to the bidders one cart at a time. We could look down from the visitors' gallery, which is 6 metres above the working floor, and see the hustle and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2004

Aalsmeer Flower Auction
Visitors' Centre
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Delft Pottery (De Delftse Pauw)

Attraction | "Delft and the Pottery Factory"

Delft Pottery (De Delftse Pauw) Photo, Delft, Netherlands
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Delft and a visit to the Delft Pottery Factory - This was one of the stops on the Grand Holland Tour. Delft is a picturesque town with its canals, cobbled alleyways, and medieval buildings! We visited the Delft Pottery Factory "de Delftse Pauw", one of the few that still make the traditional handpainted Delft pottery that is so famous all over the world. We saw a demonstration of how the pottery is made; we also saw people handpainting various items of pottery. We bought 2 porcelain dutch clogs, one in Delft blue and the other one multicoloured for about 16 euros each! They come with certificates of authenticity. After our visit to the factory, we drove to the city square wc here we had a couple o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Delft Pottery (De Delftse Pauw)
Delftweg 133, Exit Delft Noord
Delft, Netherlands
015 2124920

Sights on the Grand Holland Tour

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The Oude Kerk in Delft Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Aalsmeer Flower Auction: is the world's largest! Millions of flowers and plants are bought and sold here each business day. Although the majority of them come from local producers, many are flown in from other countries. Once they go through the auction, they are loaded onto airplanes for the trip to the U.S. and other countries to be sold that day from your local florist shop. The auction house is huge, about the size of 9 football fields under one roof. The carts of plant material are hooked together and pulled through the auction area where it is displayed to the bidders one cart at a time. We could look down from the walkways into the warehouse where we could see the hus...Read More

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Rittu

Rittu
Toronto, Ontario