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An August 2012 trip to Amsterdam by Slug

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Quote: More experiences of a few days of wandering the streets of Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum

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Attraction | "Van Gogh Museum: Amsterdam's Must See Venue"

Van Gogh Museum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The other "must see" attraction we deemed necessary for our first time visitor to Amsterdam was the Van Gogh Museum. The museum is a couple of mile walk from Central Station, so we took advantage of the hike to wander through one of the main shopping streets on the way to our destination. Unfortunately, you are never going to get the museum to yourself so I steeled myself for people walking in front of me, bored teenagers scuffing their feet behind loud speaking Americans and massed tour groups huddling around the most famous paintings. I just took my time and slowly got to the paintings I wanted to rediscover (having been to the Van Gogh museum on a number of occasions now, I don't try to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2012

Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Unusual but rather patchy experience at Axum Restaurant "

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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I was keen to try something different for one of our Amsterdam evening meals, and so persuaded the team to take a look at the Axum Ethiopian Restaurant on Utrechtsedwarsstraat in a busy little area of the city. If you are looking for a pre-dinner drink or want to wander to look for alternative cafe options then this is a good place. The restaurant is fairly small with perhaps a dozen tables; by the end of our mid week meal, all but two of the tables were occupied. Our server was a friendly African woman with not a particularly good command of English; however ordering food and drink from a menu isn't too tricky and so we all managed the situation well. We were a lit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2012

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
Utrechtsedwarsstraat 85-87
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (020) 622-8389

Cafe Papeneiland

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Attraction | "Excellent Cafe Bar in stunning location"

Cafe Papeneiland Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Wandering around the Jordann area of Amsterdam we suddenly noticed that the heavens were about to open with a huge thunder storm coming. Fortunately, we were stood outside a bar (Cafe Papeniland) we had always wanted to visit, but had always previously found there no seats there. It seemed like fate and we arrived at the door just as the first juicy drops erupted over the cobbles outside.Cafe Papeniland is in a typical area of the Jordann; a nice neighbourhood populated more with locals than tourists. It is on a corner with an attractive canal as backdrop. The cafe dates from 1642, and has a lot of old features, including an old stove surrounded by deft tiles.While the bar offe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2012

Cafe Papeneiland
Prinsengracht 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1015 DV
+31 (20) 624 1989

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market

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Attraction | "Flower Market - worth a quick detour"

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Although a walk along the stalls of the flower market is very touristy, a little wander is still worth 15 minutes of your time. We always like looking at the different bulbs and fancy flowers on sale on the various stalls down the street. The stalls are typically a large greenhouse or plastic covered shed with an open front; inside stall holders either specialise in selling beautiful cut flowers, or they sell bulbs and tubors and other plants. While the edge of the market extends over onto the canal, the bit used by the public is on the street. All together there are around 15 stalls on a long line. Also on offer is the usual tourist tat such as wooden shoes with your name on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2012

Bloemenmarkt/Amsterdam Flower Market
Singel Between Muntplein and Koningsplein
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 AZ

Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West

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Hotel | "Modern clean hotel on the outskirts of Amsterdam"

Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This is a new hotel and at around 70 Euros a night for the two of us; a very reasonable Amsterdam deal. As always in Amsterdam affordability is a balance between quality and location, although we would struggle to get anything beyond a crummy tiny room with a shared bathroom within the city centre itself for this kind of money.The downside to the Amsterdam Meininger is its location as it is a short train ride, or a long tram ride out from Central Station in Amsterdam. However, we were reassured that our last train back from the city centre was 1:30 am, which is long past our staying awake capacity these days. Likewise, I'm sure night owls would be happy partying in Amsterdam until the morn...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2012

Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West
Orlyplein 1-67
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+49 30 66636100