Dam Square/Red Light Beware!
Just back for a semi annual trip to Amsterdam. I can honestly say the city is going to hell fast. The gangs and graffiti is bad, real bad. Dam Square and most canal street are tore up with construction but the gang graffiti is on everything including famous landmarks. Most of the gangs very visable are North African and Arabs. Very scary in the Red Light ! Be very careful even traveling with a partner. Night time was the worse but even during the daytime little thugs are watching you. Stick to the Museum district for everything!! This maybe my last visit to Amsterdam for awhile, Rotterdam is looking much safer!
The Amsterdam school of architecture
The Amsterdam school of architecture is a famous school dating from the 1910s. Its typical features are: the use of brick and lime stone decorations, cubism etc. Especially Berlage made many beautiful buildings an housing projects in this style.
Take a ride and see the city...
Take a ride and see the city from the water. I was lucky I had my friends from Middelburg. Well, I was treated a very detailed and interesting history of Amsterdam. They showed me the little details of the city. I can say the trip was only one day, just to short. I was walking along and I almost got hit by a bike rider. If it was not for Elisabeth warning me I am have been in the hospital. I am not used to bikes in Illinois, we live in to big of an area to ride bikes in my state. To tell my story, as we came up to a intersection, we were waiting for the light to change so we could talk across the street. When the light changed,I stepped onto the bike road here comes a bike rider. I did not know to look, I thought they would slow down and give this American the right of way. Wrong, they have the right of way. Well Elisabeth saved me, maybe some broken bones and a ruined trip to Europe. I now have more respect for bike riders when I travel any where not.
visit the Rijksmuseum. One of...
visit the Rijksmuseum. One of Europes greatest museum. Plenty of famous Flemish paintings on display here. Rembrandt's the Nightwatch is the one to see. The coffeeshops here are unique. You will be in a different world.
visit the Anne Frank House...
visit the Anne Frank House 263 Prinsengracht.
9AM - 9PM (excepted in Winter : 7PM)-
Price : 12.5G. Unmissible and unforgetable.
We have visited an exibit about the Anne Frank's family and their hiding in the house on two floors.
Several short movies and interviews of Mieps (the Frank's secretary who helped them) are shown to help to understand the story.
The original Anne Frank's diary is on display.