Amsterdam Journals

Contrasts of Amsterdam

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An October 2006 trip to Amsterdam by Vicho

windmills Photo, Zaandijk, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: This journal takes you from past to present from boat to land of Amsterdam.

Passenger Ship Avanti

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Bar Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Searching for hostels in Amsterdam many houseboats came out. So when I started comparing if it would be better to stay in a traditional hostel for 18 euros/night/person sharing room with 6 other people who can return at any time of night completely stoned or to have a private cabin with shared bathroom on a romantic houseboat for 25 euros/night/person. The houseboat won. In order to decide which houseboat is the most suitable I had to see if it is situated somewhere, where car can be park safely close by and within a walking distance to the town center. Passengers ship Avanti had it all. We could arrive by car straight next to it, unload our stuff and then park in the north side ...Read More

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Museumcafe Mokum

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Restaurant | "Café-Restaurant David & Goliath"

Museumcafe Mokum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This café restaurant has a very strategic position, you can find it just outside the historical museum. Being it so close to a tourist attraction you would expect it to be packed with tourist or empty due to high tourist prices. Neither of it is true. This café restaurant has a very friendly local atmosphere and it is packed with local people. Do you ask why? Well the prices here are very friendly. Tables here are for six people, so you will probably end up sitting with someone else. No problem here for anyone. The miracle is: how come waiters manage to keep an eye on all the guests and serve you very quickly. It is amazing to watch. This place is café-restaurant-so they ma...Read More

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Museumcafe Mokum
Kalverstraat 92
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 PH
020 6236736

Amsterdam Museum

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Attraction | "Amsterdam Historical Museum"

Amsterdam Museum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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When visiting Amsterdam Historical Museum look at the building itself from outside first. This complex dates back to 15th century when it served as an orphanage. It was extended in 17th century when the city was blooming the most and gained its riches in trade. 17th century became know as golden age and some of the most interesting exhibits come from this period. However, the museum shows all from real beginning and drying the area to building this city below the sea level. There are countless fascinating details about this old city and its people. The collection consists of paintings, prints, marquettes, objects, and archaeological finds, and shows how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval ...Read More

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Amsterdam Museum
Kalverstraat 92 and Sint Luciënsteeg 27
Amsterdam, Netherlands
020 5231822

Night-time Walk

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Story/Tip

PIC Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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You may just aimlessly wonder around or join me on this true story walk that will not miss anything important on Amsterdam night life.Lets start opposite the central station. Here you will find original medieval sluice that still function. Closed by used to stand Schreiers Tower; many women cried here as their husbands were departing for years long trips. Those whose husbands died on the voyages had to support themselves and that’s how prostitution started blooming in Amsterdam. Sailors stopping here after a long voyage could finally get here what they were dreaming about for long months on the sea. Women and Drink! Not necessarily in this order.Take the Zeedijk Street ...Read More

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Poetic Zaandijk

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windmills Photo, Zaandijk, Netherlands
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Zaandijk is a town that lies about 11km northwest of Amsterdam. It is a part of the municipality of Zaanstad but it was a separate municipality until 1974. Today the population of Zaandijk is around 9,000. The first citizens of Zaandijk were members of the family of Hendrik Pietersz who moved into 'de Lage dijk' (The Lower Dike) in the year 1494. De Lagedijk still exists in Zaandijk. In 1571 the town consisted of 19 houses. These dwellings were burned by the Spaniards in 1572, during the Eighty years war. The town began to prosper and grow following the return of the population. This was brief history of seemingly uninteresting little town. So why should you come here?T...Read More

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