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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 9:03 PM

Off to Amsterdam late next week for a few days.....got some things planned (e.g. Anne Frank House, possibly of the museums...and we are travelling to Oberhausen for a Christmas market)..but what else should we include on our wish list? SmileSmile

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Jestertheclown


Quote: what else should we include on our wish list? Smile:

You're going to Amsterdam and you need to ask!

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 9:17 PM


Quote: what else should we include on our wish list? Smile:
You're going to Amsterdam and you need to ask!

well, I'm not so proud as to suggest that I know a lot about the city. Of course the red light district Wink.....of course the canals..but there are so many `gems'Wink. We take things easy and change plans on the spur of the moment...for instance have just found foam. Am sure there are lots of people out there who have been in the last 12 months and might consider recommending something `not to be missed' Smile

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 9:24 PM

The Red Light District for me..................entertainment 24/7................no need to go anywhere else..........TongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkTongueTongueTongue

hobbo
hobbo e2 Member 3792 forum postshobbo vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 9:31 PM

Watch your equipment ....( photographic I mean Wink......I know someone who used to live there......went fr a nostalgic trip back and had her bag pinched on the first day.

Hobbo

Jestertheclown

I've been there about half a dozen times although not since about 2005 at which time, I was quite disappointed to see how much it's all been cleaned up.
When I first went there, about twenty years ago, the Red Light district on a Friday or Saturday night was really buzzing. Everyone was in a party mood and you could get stoned just walking down the narrower alleyways, in complete safety, because of the smoke coming from the coffee shop windows.
Dam Square was and to some extent probably still is, the centre of it all; something like a cross between our Leicester Square and New Covent Garden, although physically it's not in the centre. There was always something going on there, street entertainers, a funfair, that kind of thing.
When I last went though, all that had changed. The genuine 'seediness' that made it such an attraction has been sanitised out of the place, to be replaced by a kind of organised 'sleaziness' that feels somehow forced.
The canals trips are OK if you like that kind of thing but once you seen one canal . . .
I've never been inside the Ann Frank house, although I've seen a long enough queue outside of it.
Evidently, you climb loads of stairs and look at a small room containing (allegedly) old furniture, then climb down another load of stairs. It might be worth researching that before you part with any cash/queue in the cold.
There's also a section of the town centre given over to diamond merchants, where for a price, you can be shown, well, diamonds being cut and weighed and worked on. Not riveting stuff necessarily but unusual.
I don't think, generally speaking, that crime's a big issue, although it's the only place where I've had my pocket picked.
You'd be advised to keep your money somewhere safe and don't leave anything lying around but you'd need to apply that in any city anywhere. I lived in north London for years and I'd say you're more likely to get mugged in Camden than in Amsterdam's Red Light District.

If you're there on a weekend evening though, you really should visit The Sex Museum, The Erotic Museum, The Museum of Pornography, Hanky Panky's House of Pain and especially, The Banana Club.
Oh yes! It's called the Banana Club for a reason!

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 10:55 PM


Quote: If you're there on a weekend evening though, you really should visit The Sex Museum, The Erotic Museum, The Museum of Pornography, Hanky Panky's House of Pain and especially, The Banana Club.
Oh yes! It's called the Banana Club for a reason!

GrinGrinGrin

We did an erotic musuem in Hamburg a few years ago...certainly an eye opener WinkSmileSmile

thanks for the overview Smile

Mrserenesunrise
Mrserenesunrise e2 Member 350 forum postsMrserenesunrise vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:03 PM

The Heineken museum is worth a look. Last time I went, the admission price included 3 free drinks(lol) If you are planning on visiting the Van Gogh museum, avoid the queues and visit on a Friday evening as it is open until 10.00pm, and the gift shop is also well worth a visit.
A "gem" hidden in the red light district is the "Amstelkring" a merchant house which hides a Catholic church behind its facade!
A good place to eat, shop and people watch is Leidseplein.

Amsterdam is a great City, so enjoySmile

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Jestertheclown
1 Dec 2012 - 11:06 PM

. . . and talking of eye-openers;

The first time I visited Amsterdam it was a three day weekend beano with a cricket club; not that I play cricket but one of them was a mate and they had some spare seats to fill.

cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9884 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:17 PM

Nice coffee shops too they are mind blowing Wink

mcgannc
mcgannc  5389 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:18 PM

Been a few years since I last went but went to a comedy club called 'Boom Chicago'...it's an improv place...think 'Whose Line is it Anyway'. Was very impressed - obviously like any comedy club there will be good and bad nights but nothing ventured nothing gained Smile If you go, I'd advise getting tickets in advance, either earlier in the day or even book before you go if you can, as you will get a better price.

Vondel park is nice to take a walk around in the daytime.

Enjoy!

Chris

mcgannc
mcgannc  5389 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:20 PM


Quote: Nice coffee shops too they are mind blowing Wink

Yep...beautiful coffee Tongue

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:58 PM

coffee and beer will suit me WinkGrinGrin

scottishphototours

Been there a couple of times, so no specific places to suggest but some comments:

- Anne Frank's hoose - not worth the effort of the queue
- Canal trips - dull and overpriced
- Coffee shops - an experience, though heard recently that they now restrict the sale of cannabis laced products to tourists?? (dunno, ask...)

Beware of staggering out of a coffee shop spaced out on some cannabis cookies. You'll attract a crowd of pickpockets and muggers who'll jump you at the first opportunity.

Don't take pics of the girls in the windows or you may end up swimming in the canal, courtesy of her minder (we saw this happen...very funny)

Photography - be aware of thieves. Have someone watch your back and watch out for pickpockets.

Apart from that, enjoy Wink

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 12:58 PM


Quote: Been there a couple of times, so no specific places to suggest but some comments:

- Anne Frank's hoose - not worth the effort of the queue
- Canal trips - dull and overpriced
- Coffee shops - an experience, though heard recently that they now restrict the sale of cannabis laced products to tourists?? (dunno, ask...)

AF - we've already pre-booked tickets (avoiding the queues)..
Canal trips - take the point but probably have to include at least one run. I believe they have a HOHO service which takes you around the museums Smile
Coffee - probably unlikely that we would do this anyway..I can find my stimulants elsewhere GrinGrin
Red Light area....at my age I'm probably past caring!! WinkSmileSmile

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