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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 11:51 AM
A good friend that travels all over invited us to go with him and his wife next May. Just curious if any of you have been there. Good experiences? Bad experiences?

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 11:54 AM
Just the Amsterdam airport. The rest of the city is on my to-do list, though. The people I've met from The Netherlands have been very nice and communication is easy because so many Dutch have excellent English skills (if, like me, you don't speak the language).

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 12:03 PM
John, I was there in '97 for a few days. However, my experiences are best described in a PM! I'll send you one. But I liked it, alot!

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 12:09 PM

Amsterdam is the most civilized city I've ever visited -- I've had nothing but wonderful experiences every time I've been there. It's actually a crossroads of the English-speaking world, both because of the Schiphol airport and the fact that most Dutch are excellent English speakers. I met English-speaking travelers from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as from North and South America. I made some good friends with some Dutch people -- even a lovely girl!

If interested, you may want to check out the famous Amsterdam coffehouses. The city has less of a drug problem than any other city of comparable size because of its intelligent policies.

The culture, art museums, and restaurants -- especially Indonesian -- are fascinating and can occupy you for days. Have fun!

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 12:14 PM
I'd love to go to Holland, wooden shoe?

I couldn't resist. I heard that on a Martin Mull album from back in the 70's, which by the way, was on Capricorn Records.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 12:31 PM
cool place for a short visit, great food and the music stores have things you don't see here. Yes, they speak better English than we do while there is Nothin better than a fresh Heiniken.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 12:31 PM
Very cool city. Really nice people. Great museums. Great food. A must!

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 01:33 PM
Been lucky enough to have visited there twice and would go again and not just for the coffee house experience.

Love the city, the museums, the people.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 01:43 PM
My dad went about 6 months ago . He also took a train from Amsterdam through Belgium and on to Paris ( lucky butt ) . He said Paris wasn't nearly as cool as the Netherlands . He said Amsterdam is laid back in every way . Like others before have said , the people there were very nice , and it didn't hurt matters that you can go to a cafe and scarf down a "space cake" without fear of jail time .
 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 01:51 PM



I think these two spent a couple days there.

[Edited on 5/9/2008 by leafsfan]

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 01:54 PM
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I think these two spent a couple days there.

[Edited on 5/9/2008 by leafsfan]


yeah, isn't that Meeeser Bur Reeeenolds ?

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 02:06 PM
My son went there on his honeymoon in 2003. He has nothing but positives to say about it and has been after me to go back with them someday. I wish.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 02:08 PM
Back in January I was almost sent to Best Netherlands for 3 weeks for work, the company i work for headquarters is there, but it got called off. Several of my co-workers have been there and every single one just raves about it although native Dutch food is a bit gross I understand.

Anyone ever seen that Showtime documentary American Drug War on how the US is losing the war on drugs? That stupid cracker Sheriff down in Arizona made the statement that bums are laying around in the streets of Amsterdam. So they went to Amsterdam and found out it is clean, safe and their drug policy of education and treatment has been the most successful one in the world.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 02:13 PM
Amsterdam is a truly wonderful city. A melting pot of all cultures. It is safe, friendly, and clean. The coffee houses are an afterthought.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 03:05 PM
Thanks everyone, nothing but good. Now where can you find that!

keep em coming


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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 04:03 PM
yep, you sort of go to the naughty bit and go "oh yea seen that," Amsterdam is famous for it - but it is actually a small area. The rest of it is a sweet cultured and good looking city. And those buildings are wicked old, i recommend doing the tourist thing, Canal trips, Anne Frank museum, but be sure to watch out for those bikes!! I almost got run over so many times, and them girls that ride them .... in short skirts!
Saw Trucks band there at the Paradiso, and them doobies were going round nicely washed down with the old Heineken

 

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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 04:14 PM
The central area is so small - and laid out in a grid pattern around the canals - that you can walk everywhere. Otherwise, the trams are excellent.

van Gogh Museum, candlelit canal trip, brown pubs, flower market, Rijksmuseum, Indonesian rijs-taffel, Heineken brewery tour, Anne Frank House, coffee shops, red-light district, the Amsterdam ArenA for an Ajax soccer match, cheese!

But, above, it's a just a great city to walk around and hang out.




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  posted on 5/9/2008 at 05:41 PM
I was there 4 yrs. ago and I will be back there in October. I can't wait. Like Shavian said it is very walking friendly. It is a beautiful city. People are very friendly, speak English and bike everywhere, and the Heineken is delicious! The coffee shops are cool too, if your into that. Go you wont have a bad time.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2008 at 06:59 AM
It's definitely one of my favourite cities. Great drinking places (small cafe type pubs to loud club venues, and everything in between). Good restaurants. Coffee shops. Plenty of good shopping to be had. Ajax Amsterdam's football ground is a very short tram ride away. Nice and friendly people...and the red light district. This is a must do. It really is it's major tourist attraction, and is heaving with people between 7pm and 9pm. Things get a much quieter afterwards and a little seedier. I've been there (with friends i might add) until 3am and i wouldn't want to be there alone nor with my girlfriend at that hour. You'll be offered every drug under the sun, but a curt 'No' and they won't bother you any further. Lots of good pubs around this area. Back in the Leidseplein area (very central) there is a nice little club that has live bands on and hosts jam nights. A good place to finish off your evening. The Paradiso, museums galore...I'll be back in October, and i can't wait.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2008 at 10:00 AM
Ditto to what others said….great great city, people, culture, food, vibe.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2008 at 10:02 AM
Been there once took a bus tour of the cityu and a canal tour. They droped us off for the canal tour right in front of the Heniken BRewery but we werent allowed to explore the city on our own and oh yeah this was a band trip my freshman year of high school
 

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  posted on 5/10/2008 at 11:51 AM
if you want to get any of the naughtier substances, just spend a day or 2 watching a couple of salespeople, if they seem to be in the same spot all the time, then they are gonna be the ones to go for. they aren't gonna mess you around, that's their patch. Err .... i was told this by a friend .......

Also don't go to the Amsterdam dungeon, it's full on role-play, and there's no getting out. I made the mistake of going in there after visiting a cafe ... thinking it was something to just look round ..... I was standing trial , getting legs sawn off , i actually got punched by one of the freaks that work there. It's only funny to look back on .............

Museum of sex is worth a visit too, it's odd seeing people take their kids in there!!!



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  posted on 5/10/2008 at 11:58 AM
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Thanks everyone, nothing but good. Now where can you find that!

keep em coming


Thanks again.


Hey Rottin' , so you going or what?

This will be good, you can report back...because "I've heard" that slowly things are changing over there. I believe they are in the process of making 'shrooms illegal or whatever liberal terms they use over there...if I'm not mistaken it already was illegal to outright sell them, but not to grow them or something...anyhow after a semi recent death of a young girl, they are taking a hard look at 'shrooms.

Also I've heard that the cannabis cafes are constantly under scrutiny. I think the existing ones can stay open, but they aren't allowing any new ones to open.

I think some city leaders are tired of being known as the party destination of the world's youth.

Anyhow, much of this is hearsay, so you going over there will provide us with some up to date info!

So now you are on a mission.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2008 at 01:51 PM
I went to Amsterdam in 1991 with my then-husband who is from England. We were visiting his parents near London and did a week long tourist-y trip across the English Channel (never have I been so sea-sick!) and visited Brussels, Amsterdam, and Paris. Of those 3, Amsterdam and all of the Netherlands were by far my favorite.

The Anne Frank house is the most emotional, moving place I think I've ever been. To actually be IN the secret annex and see that famous swinging bookcase that hid the attic moved me to tears.

The red light district was fun (and scary, all at the same time). The Rijksmuseum was amazing. We did a canal tour also. As others have said.....lots of bicycles there, but what amazed me is that none of the bikes I saw had gears! They don't need them because it is SO flat there!

We also got to go up inside a windmill in the countryside of Holland. Also went to a place where they made cheese in the front and wooden shoes in the back of the building! We got to watch them do both.

I'm not a cannabis person...so I can't tell you much about that except that I saw people smoking openly on the streets!

Definitely go to Amsterdam!

Laura Jane

 

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  posted on 5/10/2008 at 02:29 PM
On behalf of each and every Dutch citizen ... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU all for all your nice and kind reviews and comments!!
Makes me proud to be a Dutchman and to live in the Netherlands (not in Amsterdam by the way)

Of course, Amsterdam has its very nice spots, Leidscheplein area is very nice, even late at night. And of course the musictemples Paradiso and Melkweg (Milky Way) just around the corner. Some other area's I certainly won't go to, even before midnight. Just be selective and you're having a great time.

In Paradiso and Melkweg the smell tells me whether a lot of you Americans are there. They (you) all seems to smoke pot, weed, hash or whatever it is what you're using
Fortunately it is allowed.

You all say the Netherlands is so liberated in contrast to the US.
However in 2006 I was in San Francisco Fillmore West and each and everyone there was also smoking weed etc. I didn't get the impression you all were at risk??

Enjoy the Netherlands!








 
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