Amsterdam Journals

Getting away from it all in Amsterdam

An August 2001 trip to Amsterdam by milliebell

Quote: I booked a cheap coach ticket to Amsterdam from the UK totally on a whim. 3 wonderful days followed.

Getting away from it all in Amsterdam

Overview

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Soaking up the atmoshpere - I planned to do so much but become addicted to the atmosphere and street life. I ended up spending hours feeling like I was in paradise, just admiring the scenery, strolling, enjoying the buzz from the crowds, and lazing around people watching. Quick Tips: Spend time hanging out. Amsterdam is a city with many attractions, but avoid spending a short break rushing from one to another. For it is also a lively city with a wonderful atmosphere, pretty scenery and lots to explore on foot. A few hours just aimless wandering can turn up some real unexpected gems and give you an addiction to the place like nothing else can. Best Way To Get Around: Getting around Am...Read More

Hotel Bema

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Hotel

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The Hotel is in a wonderful location, on a pretty street. The Concert Hall (Concertbouw) is just opposite, and it s close to the Musuemplein and the Vondelpark. It is outside of the city centre, but tram number 16 stops directly outside. Tourist tram 20 goes by the Concertbouw. There are also numerous buses. All go via Dam Square, Centraal Station and other major sites. I went for a back room to avoid the noise of traffic. Please note that it is accessed by a long steep, narrow staircase, so it would be unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties. My room was a basic one with shared bathroom. It was kept clean. A good breakfast was served every morning in my room consisting of toast, bread,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2002

Hotel Bema
Concertgebouwplein 19 B
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Walking Tour of the Red Light District

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Attraction

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The tour cost f25 (that was just before the days of the Euro). The two hour tours were running on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6.00pm and 8.00pm. The tour began with drinks and a talk from the multilingual guide about the history of the district and the present conditions. The red light district is in one of the oldest parts of the city. Zeedijk was the playground of the sailors, as they came off ship looking for beer and women. It has kept true to its tradition, though I have been informed that the Zeedijk is a lot tamer these days than it used to be. The red light district got its name from the red lamps the women used to carry as they met the incoming ships. The talk went onto prosti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2002

Walking Tour of the Red Light District
Zeedijk 34
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Travelling with Eurolines

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Story/Tip

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I travelled to Amsterdam with Eurolines. I was a bit concerned about the length of time (12 hours), but I was so in need of a break I was willing to try anything. I found it fine. The outward journey was the best. I checked in at London Victoria, and the wondered what was coming next. The bus left perfectly on time. The Dutch driver was funny. 'You've made it to London, let's hope we make it to Amsterdam' he announced as we left the bus station. I give him ten out of ten for his honesty in admitting we may not make it. He then announced he was going to play an adult movie. I caught my breath and looked at the two small children sitting opposite me, and at their mother in front of me....Read More

About the Writer

milliebell

milliebell
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom