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Chillin' in Amsterdam

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A March 2001 trip to Amsterdam by Irene

Keukenhof Gardens Photo, Lisse, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Even in blustery damp March, Amsterdam is a fasinating city of food, fun, frolik, freedom and flowers.

Chillin' in Amsterdam

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Windmilll Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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We did not miss the Floating Flower Market on the Singel Canal, and then took a lovely tour of the Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse(not to be missed). Of course, we tried to admire the entire collection in the Rijksmuseum with the "Night Watch" and were spellbound by the Van Gogh Museum. Later we even ventured into the forbidden Rosse Buurt(Red Light district). Quick Tips: It is cool and wet in The Netherlands in late March, the tulips love it, but we could have used a wooly cap for the blustery wind and gloves for our chilly fingers. Best way into the city is the shuttle from the airport will stop at almost any hotel(.50) per person. Treat yourself to some of the best variety of food anywhere esp...Read More

Hotel Sander

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Hotel | "Hotel Terdam"

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Our charmer of a hotel was located right behind the Amsterdam Marriott just off of Stadhouderskade, one of the names of the ring road that circles the inner city. Looking more like a personal town house instead of a hotel, Terdam has classic brick front with small entry flooded with flower boxes. After the narrow enty hall the desk is just to the right and the spacious lobby opens back toward the front with wall of windows and lovely stuffed chairs and polished tables. Service at the desk was prompt and pleasant even though we were part package from Sky Auction. Just to the left is a small door way and an even smaller bar, really cozy with semicircle bar in the right corner and two booths across the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2002

Hotel Sander
Jacob Obrechtstraat 69
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0)20 662-7574

Hotel Museumzicht

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Hotel

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Location! Location! Location!...... One street away from the Museumplein, with the Rijksmuseum ,and two streets away from Vondel Park and the Leidseplein. A tall basic narrow building with wide concrete steps at the entry opened to the left inside the glass door into a tiny desk (reception 8-11) with no lobby and to the right steep steep stairs shot straight up in front of us and I mean up, no gentle slope, and quite a climb. Elevators are for the three star hotels and we had to carry our luggage up three flights of these strairs. Our Hotel was not reccommended for people with knee problems and had no hadicapped facilities. Located on the top floor, of course, our room had a large window opening o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 2, 2002

Hotel Museumzicht
Jan Luykenstraat 22
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0)20 671-2954

Ristorante Bice

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Restaurant

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One of the things that I like about Amsterdam is the ultimate variety of food found in this worldy city and the availability of timeless service. You can get something to eat anytime. After a long flight from Houston to Paris, a 3 hour wait and then finally Amsterdam, we made it around 5 or 6 in the afternoon. So we were getting around to being hungry at about 10 PM local time. Knowing we were not going to find a restuarant serving at this hour, we rushed out just in case and there it was just around the corner with its total glass front with curled neon signs blinking from over the glass and brass double doors. Up several steep steps and we were in a foyer where the tables stretched off to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2002

Ristorante Bice
Stadhouderskade7
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens

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Attraction | "Keukenhof"

Keukenhof Gardens Photo, Lisse, Netherlands
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An amusement park for the flower lover, that is what I call 15th century Countess Jacoba van Beieren''s Keukenhof (Kitchen Garden), and it was this flower lover''s answer to all the damp weather and lagging spirits. Even if the sun was not shinning when we entered the gate marked by the Tulip image, the blossoms brightened the landscape and my attitude in rainbow masses. Our entrance (there are at least three more entrances and parking lots marked with flowers), lead to a wide boulevard bordered by huge leafless trees. We were just a bit early in the Spring, this being the first week of April, however the bulbs were already splashing the grounds with their colors. Huge plots hovering around th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2002

Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166-A
Lisse, Netherlands
31 (0) 252 465 555