Please help with Amsterdam itinerary!!

May 2nd, 2006, 06:31 PM
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seeksocean,
Thanks for starting this thread. My husband and I sound just like you (50-ish, and the ret) -- and we'll be in the Maes B&B this July for 4 nights. So thanks for the thread. I can't wait to hear about your trip after your return
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May 2nd, 2006, 06:48 PM
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oops, 50ish and the rest. That is, like to explore, moderately adventurous (although your paragliding dh is a tad more adventurous than either of us). Again, thanks. Looking forward to our trip in July.
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May 2nd, 2006, 06:57 PM
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Thanks for the responses! Maryanne, which Tulip tour did you take? Was it the Viator or a different tour?
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May 2nd, 2006, 07:00 PM
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May 2nd, 2006, 09:35 PM
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seeksocean - I am looking forward to your report when you get back. I am going to Amsterdam for the first time in October.

I am staying at Maes B&B also and want to know what think of it.

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Jun 13th, 2006, 07:03 AM
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Back for a couple weeks now and we had GREAT trip all the way around, all countries. I am maxed these days, so a trip report can't quite happen yet, but I wanted to extend a few things to you.

Maes was great!! Never met Ken, but Vlad was an excellent host. The location was perfect and the breakfast was a great typical meal. The kitchen was open 24/7 to guests.

The only things I noticed, that I would change are two things. 1)There was no lock on our door and no safe in the room. Although I felt comfortable with the other guests, I felt that it wouldn't have been too big a deal to put the small room safe in each room.

The other thing that seemed strange was that neither the towels, nor the sheets were ever changed during my 4 nights there. The room was bascically left untouched, with the exception of the trash taken out.

I talked to another guest and she said that she had been there almost a week with no towel or sheet change. I never asked, because I thought that was the way it was.

Anyway, those were minor things compared to all the great things.

I need to run, but the I-Amsterdam card was well worth the purchase!!

I'll write more later.
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Jun 13th, 2006, 07:51 AM
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We'll be in Amsterdam for five days in October so can't wait for your trip report.

Our anticipation grows with everything we learn about the city and area.

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Jun 13th, 2006, 11:33 AM
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seeksocean - Thank you for reporting back on your stay at Maes. I look forward to your trip report.

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Jun 13th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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Okay, As soon as I get a few more minutes I'll type some stuff up. But maybe, what is more likely is I'll add things on this thread, as I have the time to type it. a Little here, a little there.
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Jun 13th, 2006, 03:26 PM
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My 'Trip Report' may be a bunch of these kind of thoughts. Bare with me.

The I-Amsterdam card is well worth getting. You can pick it up outside the train station. Just leave the station and go to your left. Walk a little way and you'll see the Tourist shop with , I think a VVV. The card comes with a little book (not just a booklet). It's really helpful.

We used many things. The unlimited public transportation was fabulous!! The free canal ride was a treat.

We especially LOVED the Amsterdam Historical Museum and the Van Gough Museum. Well thought out, both of them!

The Rijks (sp?..sorry)museum was being renovated and was very limited. I think the renovation is lasting quite a long time, and if it weren't the most famous museum, I could have lived without it.

Truthfully, we saw soooo many museums between Paris, Amsterdam and Italy that I often joked that we should sniff some coffee beans between each room, just to clear our brain. By the end, if I saw one more religous piece of artwork I was going to.....become a Nun or something!


Back to the card..there are some good 20% off coupons with the card. We loved the Pancake House!!!!! More like big crepes. Yummy!!!! There was an Argentine restaurant as well 20%off that we liked. You'll see it in the book that the card comes with.

Gotta go, but I'll be back with more.
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Jun 25th, 2006, 12:44 PM
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seeksocean,
MORE, please!

I was curious about your comments about Maes B&B, We will be leaving in July and staying there, and I wonder if not changing towels/sheets is the norm for B&Bs as a way to keep the costs down. Certainly their prices are very modest compared to a hotel stay. Otherwise your experience sounded good.

About the I-Amsterdam card...do others think it worthwhile? My husband and I will be there for 4 nights/three days as well, but I'm concerned that crowds will mean that we'll spread out our museum visits over the 3 days and may not benefit by having a pass for that long. Does it help bypass the lines? Any other people have experience with the pass?

Would love to hear more about your trip!
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