Johnny English Movie Premier!
Well my friend and went to Europe right in the middle of the war so we had our alternate identities planned out. We decided we would tell any anti-American folks that we were from Canada-HAHA! We were coming through the Rembrandtplein one evening and we heard shouting and we took off towards our Hotel as we were afraid it wasa anti-war demonstration. We found a police officer and asked him what was going on...he said it was a football championship!! So we laughed it off and headed towards Muntplein and then saw more police moving crowds off the street and putting rails up in front of the Tuschinski Theater. We inquired once again and were told it was the movie premier for "Johnny English". We took a seat at coffee place and just watched the limos and "beautiful people" come for the premier. So long story short, here is a picture of the outside of theTuschinski. We went to see "Chicago" there the next day. It was an absolutely beautiful theater.
visit the redlight district! ...
visit the redlight district! Go to the coffee shop 'The Grasshopper,' and mellow out with some strong coffee, good conversation, and a joint! And contrary to some comments by some members, it is NOT dangerous in the least---nor does it even have the appearance of being dangerous! There are tourists everywhere---women, children (during the day), elderly, etc. I even saw a group of nuns strolling around, TRYING not to peek a glance at the sex shop displays, or the lounging prostitutes (most of whom are stunningly beautiful). I know this is politically incorrect, but hey...its the truth! Sitting at some of the cafes with my twin brother and father, just drinking a huge glass of heineken beer, and watching all the very fit people walking or bicycling by us! Or else the coffee shops of the red-light district...sitting in a smokey coffee shop, sharing a pipe of hash with my brother. Or else, watching the throngs of men of all ages approach the prostitutes of all descriptions; groups of young men prodding their buddies to undertake this 'rite of passage,' and slapping them on the back in a congratulatory manner upon their emergence from the girl's chamber! Or watching older, timid tourists nervously, and for the first time, bartering with a girl for a fair price!
VISIT THE SEX MUSEUM!!!
VISIT THE SEX MUSEUM!!!
So funny, nothing too outrageous, well,cept for the animal stuff!
It is funny though. Stay tuned for indecent pics of me in there!! Coming out of Centraal Station and feeling that vibe that surrounds life in Amsterdam....
Sunday -- up and at 'em!
Sunday morning, clear skies, great expectations! After coffee, OJ, cheese, toast and boiled eggs at the Uptown Hotel buffet we decided to see how far we could walk (not really, just seems that way now). Walked down the Leidsestraat and just meandered through the Red Light district and downtown. No Women in the Windows in the Red Light District today, it's Sunday morning. We walked in the direction of the Hortus Botanicus, our goal. Stopped for a minute to get our bearings at the site of the Waterlooplein flea market, which was closed today (Sunday I guess). We stopped for a mango juice and a coffee at a nearby cafe, then continued to the Hortus Botanicus. It seemed really cold that morning. We were not really used to it, coming from 40-50 degree weather (fahrenheit!), but were bundled up well. The thermometer on the Leidsestraat said -3 C, which we figured was around 27 F, and there was a breeze going. The sun was shining, which was great, and the upside to the chill was that no matter how groggy or jet-lagged you felt, taking a brisk stroll into that breeze cleared your head and crystallized your thoughts.
"Hals"-gevel (facade) in Amsterdam canalhouses
During the period of Dutch Classicism the "Hals"-gevel (Neck-facade) was developed. Mostly it was a renovation on a "trap" (stair) facade and tried to hide the pointy roof. The "Hals" facades were very popular from 1640 until 1775 and are most typical for Amsterdam (this means they are less represented in other Dutch towns. Often this style of top has beautiful mirroring decorations on either side of the "Neck".