Netherlands Money is called the "Guilder" -- oops! I haven't been to the Netherlands in a few years. Netherlands money is now called the Euro, and it's used by most of western Europe. I guess my Guilder are collectors items now.
Money is never much of a problem in the Netherlands. Credit Cards are accepted everywhere, and ATMs accepting US cards are very common. The only money problem you'll have is trying to afford the luxury items -- the Rijksmuseum, the weed at the local cafes, and fun at the red light district...
Damn that square is bustling!! :)
What I liked most about Amsterdam was that no matter where you end up walking to, you are almost always going to end up in Dam Square - the heart of the city... You get anywhere in minutes really, Amsterdam is smaller than you may think... Dam Square is a huge open space where lots happens... besides The Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial (far right on photo) there are lots of cafes, shops, restaurants, street entertainers and so much more... You are bound to end up here anyway :)
Go to 'het Rijksmuseum' and...
Go to 'het Rijksmuseum' and see the famous 'nachwacht' or nichtwatch by Rembrandt.
Eat japanese at 'Okura-hotel'
Sit down for a drink on a terrace at the 'Rembrandtplein' and look at all people passing by. Too much to mention!!!
Beautiful buildings. Great foreign food. Exciting nightlife.
I have notice this 'chess game' along the street and pause to watch for a while...don't know exactly if this kind of play is permanently in that area. As you can see from the photo, it is just opposite Hard Rock Cafe....Well, they found a good place as many people around the area and those passing by trying to look first how they play.
Prince Johan Friso
Prince Johan Friso
Prince Johan Friso was born on 25 September 1968 in Utrecht, the second child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus. The Prince has two brothers: Prince Willem-Alexander (born in 1967) and Prince Constantijn (born in 1969).
Prince Johan Friso spent his early childhood with his parents and brothers at Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche in the province of Utrecht. He received his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School, and started his secondary education at Baarns Lyceum.
His mother became Queen of the Netherlands in 1980 and the royal family moved to Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague in 1981. The Prince continued his secondary education at the Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague, and gained his VWO (pre-university education) certificate in 1986.
From 1986 to 1988, the Prince studied mechanical engineering at the College of Engineering of the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He went on to study aerospace engineering at Delft University of Technology from 1988 to 1994. In 1994, he received work-experience training with the aircraft manufacturer McDonnell-Douglas in California.
In 1994, Prince Johan Friso graduated in aerospace engineering management. His dissertation was on lead time reduction in the delivery of aircraft.
From 1990 to 1995, the Prince also studied economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. On 25 September 1995, he was awarded his degree. The title of his dissertation was: The applicability and application of concurrent engineering in commercial aircraft development.
In November 1992, Prince Johan Friso accompanied Queen Beatrix, Prince Claus, Prince Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn on an official visit to the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
From 24 October 1995 to 31 December 1996, Prince Johan Friso was employed as a fellow by McKinsey and Company. In 1997, he resumed his studies at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) at Fontainebleau in France.
On 1 August 1998, the Prince took up an appointment with the investment bankers Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London.
It is only rarely - for example on the Queen's Birthday or for the opening of Parliament - that Prince Johan Friso attends public events in his capacity as a member of the Royal House. The younger members of the Royal House have made a conscious decision to pursue their own careers, and lead their lives as they choose.
The Prince is keen on sports, both as a participant and as a spectator. His leisure pursuits include golf and diving.