A December 2004 trip
to Amsterdam by caromeow
Quote: New Year's Eve in Amsterdam, followed by four fun-filled days of experiencing Amsterdam's winter: windy and cold.
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Plantage Parklaan 16
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Amsterdam, Netherlands 1015
0031 20 625 13 33
Restaurant | "Molly Malone's"
Oudezijds Kolk 9
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 AL
+31 20 624 1150
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Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00
Attraction | "Anne Frank House"
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The Anne Frank House and Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GV
+31 20 556 71 00
Attraction | "Amstelkring Museum"
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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 GE
+31 20 624 66 04
Attraction | "The Rembrandt House"
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1011 NK
+31 20 520 04 00
First, we headed to the Fans Hals Museum. The museum is housed in a 17th-century building, once a home for old men. There's an impressive collection of art, as well as some old artifacts and an impressive doll house from an age when doll houses were actually meant only to be looked at, not played with. Crazy.
We saw the big cathedral of St. Bavokerk, where Handel and Mozart both graced the organ. The church is huge, impressive, and interesting, but if you're there in winter, it's actually COLDER than being outside. Thus, we didn't dally around in there for too long.
Next, we were off to the beach! Note the timetables when you do this. We misread them, as the trains are much more frequent in the warmer months. We spent a little bit of time on the beach, just to send our greetings to the North Sea, but it was insanely cold. Locals, however, were crazy enough to still go jogging or take leisurely strolls on the windy, cold, cold beach. Also, there is a stand with all kinds of fried seafood for your culinary enjoyment should you get the munchies at the beach.
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