4 days in Amsterdam

Sep 22nd, 2006, 06:12 PM
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to repeat - Ann Frank Huis, Our Lord in the Attic, Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum, canal tour, vondel park. Check out my trip report from last April - we were also there for 4 days.
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Sep 23rd, 2006, 12:36 AM
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Hi cmeyer54,+

I'll be in Amsterdam for a week this April. Put your name into the search box, but only got: "Sorry -- we couldn't find anything that fit your search. Please change your criteria and try again." #39;(

Do you by any chance remember the title of your trip report? I really would love to read it! :->

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here is the link to that report (I clicked on the name and scrolled back)

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Sep 24th, 2006, 01:25 PM
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Thanks realshalott. A very enjoyable read.
Not my style, but I can see how they enjoyed it.
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Hi - the report was done on 5/6/05. You can seach on Queen's Day.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 07:39 AM
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Thanks so much for all your insightful help. I'm leaving in 10 days!!!
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I'd take a half-day trip one day just to see a real Dutch town - Amsterdam is great but it's hardly typically Dutch in its tourist area where foreigners often seem to outnumber the Dutch. Haarlem, just a few minute rail ride from Centraal Station, is a gem of a regional town - canals like Amsterdam and just a lovely lovely city - Frans Hals Museum is marvelous regardless of your interest in art - in an old convent i think.
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Here's my trip report from 2005:

"Final stop: Amsterdam. Five nights’ stay, first visit for all of us.

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Amsterdam! You always hear of the Red Light district and the coffee shops and the laissez-faire attitude, but you don’t hear how open and friendly the people are, how lovely the canals and side streets, how wonderfully trendy the restaurants and cafes, how people are out strolling at all hours of the night and you feel safe everywhere. I think I’d expected it to be quaint and charming (which it is), but in a dark wood-paneled cliché way, not in the young and contemporary way it is.

The standard reply we were given in Amsterdam, when we asked for anything, was always “Of course!” How refreshing.

We stayed in a fabulous location, at The Hotel Residence le Coin, which was directly across a small street from the Hotel de l’Europe, down the street from the Hotel Doelan, on Nieuwe Doelenstraat (sp?). A great neighborhood in the heart of old Amsterdam.

The hotel has a lift and A/C, also free use of the hotel’s washing machine and clothes dryer in the basement (which was welcome as we’d been traveling over a week when we arrived there). Each room has a little kitchenette, a nice-sized bath, large rooms with wooden floors and a sitting area. It’s fairly new, so everything sparkles. Very friendly front desk, too.

Two cafes on the same block as the hotel were wonderful: Café Katoen for a university atmosphere, and Café le Jarden, for great table seating on the canal.

Amazing dinners at two restaurants in particular:
“Stout!”, at Haarlemmerstraat 73 (www.restaurantstout.nl). Fabulous ‘foamy asparagus’ soup with shrimp, chateaubriande, fresh fish, dessert course, wine list. Very trendy lighting. Great service. We’d gone to the neighborhood in search of a restaurant called “Lof” which we’d seen written up. We didn’t like its atmosphere, but were lucky that Stout! was just across the street.

Also at “Restaurant Dining Eleven” we had a great dinner. It’s at Reestraat 11. Also trendy and contempory, well-presented and beautifully-served meal.

Another nice dinner at “frenzi”, at Swanenburgwal 232. Very simple and contemporary. We arrived shortly after 10:00p.m., when most restaurants close in Amsterdam, and persuaded the owner to sell us any left-overs they had in the kitchen! They put together a nice Caesar salad with cooked-in-the-shell shrimp and mango. Very nice.

Also a good brunch at a place across the street from frenzi—called “Puccini”. Creative salads and sandwiches. Very nice also.

We took a canal cruise one evening. Toured the Anne Frank Huis and the Van Gogh Museum. Visited the Nieuwe Kerk (sp?) Our teens went to a concert at the Paradiso and loved it.

One afternoon we did the 2:30 “Best of Holland” excursion to Volendam and Marken, with a stop to see wooden clogs made, Gouda cheese created, and to visit windmills. It was by bus, with a boat from Volendam to Marken. A lot of fun. Even our two teens liked it.

Our teens also liked shopping at one street in particular, between our hotel and the museum district. Also a Zara shop there, and many others like it. They thought the selection and prices were better in Amsterdam than what they’d seen in London and Paris even.

A detail about Amsterdam if you go there-- carry enough Euros in cash, because many places won't accept a credit card for a 'small' purchase (i.e. under 25 EU).
The only unpleasantness we encountered in Amsterdam related to cab rides and inconsistent pricing. Especially when our two teens were grossly overcharged cabbing to the hotel from the concert. They were well aware of the route, having walked it already twice, but we'd wanted them to cab home late at night. They knew the cabbie took a very round-about way back in order to over-charge. Also, when we arrived at the taxi sand at Central Station, I was literally swarmed by rather aggressive cabbies and felt uncomfortably jostled by them all."

Sep 25th, 2006, 02:15 PM
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Lots of good information here. Thank you everybody.

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Sep 25th, 2006, 03:07 PM
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Highlights for us were both big museums (absolutely can't miss these)and the Anne Frank House, obviously.

Big piece of advice - have a pancake - once for breakfast and once for dinner/late snack. You can get so many different things on them!

Check out the red-light district/coffee shops just for the experience - it's different!

Vondelpark is way overrated, in my opinion. If you come from a city with a lot of green spaces, this will be nothing special at all, except for the passed out backpackers on the grass at noon

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Sep 25th, 2006, 03:56 PM
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sarantom, have a wonderful trip, Amsterdam is great!
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Sep 25th, 2006, 04:04 PM
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Not to be argumentative but I do come from a city with lots of green spaces (Seattle) and I still love Vondelpark on a sunny day.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 06:06 PM
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Not argumentitive at all, just a difference of opinion, which is what a board like this is all about.

I was just so underwhelmed by it after all I had read here. We did find a nice playground for our kids to play in though, with a little cafeteria-type place adjacent to it.
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Vondel Park on a sunny day in summer is one of my very favorite places - a most diverse flotsam of life - constant parade of bikes going by - folks busking on instruments, sunbathers, hippie-types smoking pot, kids playgrounds where parents can sip a beer, hudry-gurdy barrel organs, or cafe whilst watching them, the lovely vegetation - great rose gardens on the north and lovely little ponds. Just to me and obviously not to all but Vondel Park is a special, special place for me.
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