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Nice places to go/things to do? ( Non-sex/drug related)
because they're quite up front about what a bunch of bastards they were during the colonial era.
There's a good restaurant called Van Kerkwijk
& just ride around away from the main tourist areas. Beautiful city and perfect for cycling. Vondelpark (amusingly pronounced "Fondle Park") is lovely, though a bit cold at this time of year. I don't know if it's still there, not been to the 'Dam since 2001, but if you do decide to get mashed off yer tits, check out a bar called De Rokerij - one of the few that serves, or served, weed AND booze, with floor cushions to lie on.
because as long as you don't eat your pitta, you can go back and get eternal refills of salad. til you burst.
only opened up this year. The Stedelijk museum's alright too, although I wasn't a fan of the exhibition they had when I went.
The permanent collection (which contains many famous works from the period 1860 - 1960) has only been on display again since September last year, following a lengthy refurbishment of the original museum building.
Tempory exhibitions can be a bit hit and miss, although the current Malevich exhobition looks pretty good.
the permanent stuff's pretty good, just wasn't much of a fan of the temporary one they had in at the time (some chap who was obsessed with sex if I recall correctly - can't remember his name now).
The hotel i have is in Haarlem. Is that supposed to be a nice area?
15 to 20 mins by train to Amsterdam Centraal. While in Haarlem, make sure to visit the gothic Grote/St. Bavo church (as featured in many 17th century paintings) and the Frans Hals museum, containing many fine works by Frans Hals (obviously), Jan Steen and Jacob van Ruisdael.
Note that the last regular train back to Haarlem is at 12:26 AM. There are 2 trains after that (12:43 AM and 1:34 AM) but they will take twice as long to get you back to your hotel.
thanks:-) Do you remeber how much travel is roughly over there?
on Tuesday and I can barely remember how much it costs to get to Amsterdam. Under 5 euros but more than 3 one way.
to listen out for the train announcer's wonderful pronunciation of Haaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrlem though.
But there are loads of great cheese shops in Amsterdam and they all have free samples you can try. So you could spend a few hours just eating free cheese. I recommend the reypenaer especially - http://www.reypenaercheese.nl/content/home
If you book in advance you get two free cheeses to take away as well. I'd recommend the ginger one.
I love a bit of cheese. I will def try this:-)
Is stuff generally busy on a Sunday? Will have a couple of days in Central Amsterdam at least!
And many shops and restaurants are closed. Museums will be open though.
The Anne Frank House stays open until 7pm on a Sunday and it's about the only time you can visit when you won't have to queue at all.
Pre book your tickets so you can rock up at a time you choose without having to queue
Maybe LESS queueing?
and have a brewery tour, drink their beers and have some cheese and meat.
you could do a lot worse than FOAM:
'cause it shuts early.
Can anyone recommend a good hostel or apartment for eight people?
There are two of them at opposite ends of the city, I've stayed in the one nearer the station and it was brill, great atmosphere, friendly people etc. The one at the other end is smaller but also seemed ok.
looks like we'll be booking into the downtown place, mad pricey for a hostel though. I miss how cheap everything in Berlin was.
I thought it all looked a bit pricey until I saw how much hostels are there. Just looked again and realised I can hire AN ENTIRE SAILING VESSEL for 10 people for the same price.
with Scott Walker's Amsterdam on repeat on your headphones, on the pub-crawl through hell.
Who needs tourist attractions when one has ambience?
I hope you have a fucking shit holiday zadif
I'm fine with 2 Unlimited, though. You should gatecrash one of their parties. It'll be Stones/Marianne Faithfull-esque decadence, only with better music.
go to Boom Chicago on Leidseplein. I used to work there and used to go to the shows all the time and definitely recommend it. Around the corner (about 30 seconds away) is the Melkweg and also another place which name escapes me now - called something weird like candy rooms I can't remember. You may find something at paradiso too, but i much prefer melkweg.
Vondlepark is great, there's an awesome little café place on the sounth eastern corner called vondeltiun which serves the best bitterballen and poffertjes (mini pancakes).
not candy rooms. bloody hell chris.
over to ndsm werk across the ij. http://www.ndsm.nl/en/ from behind the main station. old ship works. massive hanger with arty lock-ups and a skate park. do an ace sunday antiques fair.
Also, go Noorderlict over there too http://www.noorderlichtcafe.nl/. Great cafe that looks like a greenhouse. Beautiful views back over the Amsterdam.
Would also recommend drinking/eating at Hannekes Boom. Along the waterfront http://www.hannekesboom.nl/. Another ace place.
It's excellent: http://www.door-74.com/
You'll need to book on the morning of the day you want to go.
Do they sell 'special' brownies or cakes?
Love that adybongo has convinced zahidf that he's actually Dutch. What a joker.
Bridget Jones, I think she was called
I did a 45 mile round trip of the centre and a ways up the canals to the north in about 6 hours last September. It was ace.
Great tips in here, especially glow golf of course. (Thinly veiled "might finally do some sight-seeing this time")
Had it as an earworm since seeing this thread yesterday, just had a listen