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Amsterdam Revisited

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A November 2001 trip to Amsterdam by cls223

Quote: Amsterdam is a place I never grow tired of visiting; every time I come here I discover something new.

Amsterdam Revisited

Overview

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Visit some of the local markets, walk along the canals, see the wonders in one of the many museums. In fall, on a rainy day, the smell of the rain mixing with autumn leaves reminds you of home.

Quick Tips:

Get outside the city and see more of the Netherlands. Trains are frequent to cities such as Utrecht, Haarlem and Rotterdam.

Best Way To Get Around:

In Amsterdam, trams are inexpensive and can get you around fairly quickly. Or, walk, and take in the beauty of the centuries-old architecture.

Hoi Tin

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Restaurant

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Hoi Tin is a bustling, busy spot on the Zeedijk, offering an extensive selection of dishes, mainly in the Cantonese style of cooking. On a recent visit, my friend had Sweet Corn Soup for a starter, while I chose the Spring Rolls. The portion of soup was generous, steaming hot, and filled with corn and other vegetables. My spring rolls were crispy, filled with shredded vegetables and were served with a sort of soy dipping sauce. Jim had the Sweet and Sour Chicken for an entree: chunks of battered, deep-fried chicken with green peppers, onions and carrots in a tangy sweet/sour sauce. I tried the Prawns with Straw Mushrooms, which is large tender prawns and plenty of straw mushrooms in a delica...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Hoi Tin
Zeedijk 122-124
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 625-6451

Wester Paviljoen

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Restaurant

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Wester Paviljoen is a large neighborhood cafe not far from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Three of us came here after our visit to the museum. Somewhat to my surprise, the menu was entirely in Dutch. Claudia, a "local", translated the menu for me, and gave the order to our server. The menu was quite comprehensive, offering everything from soups and sandwiches to pasta and fish entrees. After much translating on Claudia's part, I decided on the Roquefort Salad as a starter, with the vegetarian pasta special for an entree. The salad greens were crisp, and pieces of bacon and chunks of Rocquefort cheese combined for a taste delight. The pasta dish was fettuccini noodles in a white sauce with w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2001

Wester Paviljoen
Nieuwe Binnenweg 136
Rotterdam
+31 (010) 436 2645

Albert Cuyp Market (Albert Cuypmarkt)

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Attraction | "Albert Cuypstraat open-air market"

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I visited the Albert Cuyp market for the first time on my trip to Amsterdam last weekend. What a feast of color, sights, smells and sounds! Admittedly, there is probably a lot more junk there for sale than anything you'd really want to buy, but for soaking up atmosphere, this is the place. Fresh fish dealers rub shoulders with people selling fresh cheese who are next to flower vendors that have a spot just down from the tacky leather goods stall. All manner of merchandise can be found: cell phone accessories, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, leather goods, produce and much more. The people-watching is great; I got the impression that most of the market-goers were there more to see and be seen than a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2001

Albert Cuyp Market (Albert Cuypmarkt)
Alber Cuypstraat 217-219
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1073 BG

Nirvana

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Attraction

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Nirvana, a small cozy shop off busy Van Woustraat, has specialized in creating a unique line of hemp products for the past 25 years. They are the first and only company to make hemp wine, and produce the only hemp beer in Holland. The hemp for these products is legally grown in Holland and no pesticides or insecticides are used on the plants. By legally grown, this means it does not contain THC, so the product line can be sold and shipped to virtually any country. Nirvana's wholesale catalog states their hemp beer "has no secret ingredients: water, malt, hops, barley and hemp", and is also available in an alcohol-free version. Hemp wine at Nirvana is available in red and wh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Nirvana
Toldwarstraat 24
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Christmas Palace

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Attraction

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I collect Christmas ornaments, and always try to get ornaments on my travels. Each year, when I put up my tree and hang the ornaments, I remember the places I visited over the years, and relive the memorable moments of each trip. My Eiffel Tower ornament makes me think of Paris and walks along the Seine; the Belgian lace ornament reminds me of the beaty of Brugge; my cowbell ornament reminds me of the beautiful mountain scenery in Switzerland.......so many wonderful memories. The Christmas Palace is a small shop near the Flower Market crammed with all sorts of ornaments, lights, gifts and candles to bring the holidays to your home. They offer small ornaments in Delft, wooden ornaments painted...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Christmas Palace
Singel 508-510
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day Trip to Rotterdam

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Story/Tip

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Rotterdam is an hour away from Amsterdam by train, but far different in character. Since the city was virtually destroyed in World War II, both by bombing and by Nazi demolition teams, it is a very modern city. Arriving at Rotterdam's Centraal Station, you can see some of the striking modern architecture that forms the skyline. The building I found particularly fascinating is an apartment complex formed of large cubes set on their sides, giving you the impression that it is going to slide down and fall at your feet. Claudia, my informal tour guide for the day, said that the floors in the apartments are tilted; you have to have things bolted down and furniture specially made. No, thanks, I don't f...Read More