Royal Taste Hotel Amsterdam

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 47, Amsterdam, 6443 CE, The Netherlands
Royal Taste Hotel Amsterdam
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by Truco about Royal Taste

Situated right on oudezijds wal in the red light district. This quaint small inn features french style windows on the 4th floor with a great view of the canal and ALL the RL district has to offer. Nice view, Charming staff, Clean Afforadble. Great for young crowd. No elevator.


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by MapleMoose

Been meaning to ask this and finally remembered to post it. Taking the train from Paris thru Belgium to Amsterdam, (and return) are there any customs implications? I am thinking not because it is all EU but I have been wrong before and want to be prepared. Maybe the French don't like those decadent dope-smokers from the north? Travelling on a Canadian passport.

Re: Customs?

by Miguelzgz

No customs! Once you are into France you can move freely to those countries you name. No documents involved. If they check you searching for dope...well, it won´t be because you are moving from one country to another...I am pretty sure that there are certain things that you CAN'T move from one country to another!

Re: Customs?

by lmkluque

Even before the EU, there wasn't much of a "check" while passing from one of these borders to the other.

Traveling by train through various countries, the conductor would just look at the passport, sometimes stamped it and sometimes didn't. It's even easier now, they don't even look.

Re: Customs?

by GrumpyDiver

A bit of a technicality here - what you are asking about is NOT EU, rather the Schengen Agreement. Yes, that does mean that there is are no border controls.

You are also correct that the French (and other countries) are rather less than happy with the Dutch view on soft recreational drugs and there have been "words" between various neighbouring countries and the Netherlands. So, while there are no border posts (actually, they are still there, they are just not used), law enforcement on the other side of the border will not take kindly to someone importing these substances. I was on a train from the Netherlands to Germany a few years back and the police did walk through the train cars at the border.

Re: Customs?

by pieter_jan_v

Don't be surprised to see a drugs sniffer dog.

For the rest no custom implications (besides from the prohibition to carry large sums of money [money laundering] or taking National items of artistic value).


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Amsterdam Tip

by Samarina

Before like come in Amsterdam, we visit on small farm where making cheese and wooden shoe. Wooden shoe have name 'Sabo'. 'Sabo' is national boot in Holland.
Marriageable young man present to marriageable girl
'Sabo' in wedding-day.This boot they keeping all life.
Very beautiful tradition.

Are Drugs legal? Yes and no....

by LolaSanFrancisco

The drug policy of the Netherlands is based on two principles:

Drug use is a public health issue, not a criminal matter A distinction between hard drugs and soft drugs exists It is a pragmatic policy. Most policymakers in the Netherlands believe that if a problem has proved to be unstoppable, it is better to try and control it instead of continuing to enforce laws that have shown to be unable to stop the problem.

Hard drugs/soft drugs
A distinction is drawn between hard drugs (which bear "unacceptable" risks; e.g. cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy) and soft drugs such as the cannabis products hashish and marijuana (as defined in the Dutch Opium Act). The decision is based on whether the substance is only psychologically addictive or also physically addictive. One of the main aims of this policy is to separate the markets for soft and hard drugs so that soft drug users are less likely to come into contact with hard drugs. This policy also aims to take the soft drug market out of the hands of the criminals, thus reducing crime.

So-called coffee shops are allowed to sell soft drugs openly, and to keep supplies greater than the amounts allowed by law for personal use, though they are only allowed to sell individual customers the amount allowed for personal use. The coffeeshops' wholesale suppliers, however, are still criminalized. In practice the limit of the "for personal use" clause is 5 cannabis plants per person for growing, or possession of 5 grams of hashish or marijuana per person. Example of sentence in 2004 for possession of 360 grams: confiscation and a fine of €750. Coffeeshops pay taxes just like any other business, though there are some special exemptions for them, mostly because they cannot show receipts for their supply of marijuana. Non-enforcement
Cannabis remains a controlled substance in the Netherlands and both possession and production for personal use are still misdemeanors, punishable by fine. Coffee shops are also illegal according to the statutes. However, a policy of non-enforcement has led to a situation where reliance upon non-enforcement has become common, and because of this the courts have ruled against the government when individual cases were prosecuted. This is because the Dutch Ministry of Justice applies a gedoogbeleid (policy of tolerance) with regard to soft drugs: an official set of guidelines telling public prosecutors under which circumstances offenders should not be prosecuted. This is a more official version of the common practice in other countries, in which law enforcement sets priorities as to which offenses are important enough to spend limited resources on.

Proponents of gedoogbeleid argue that such a policy offers more consistency in legal protection in practice, than without it. Opponents of the Dutch drug policy either call for full legalization, or argue that laws should penalize morally wrong or decadent behavior, whether this is enforceable or not.

In the Dutch courts, however, it has long been determined that the institutionalized non-enforcement of statutes with well-defined limits constitutes de facto decriminalization. The statutes are kept on the books mainly due to international pressure.

Drug law enforcement
Despite the high priority given by the Dutch government to fighting narcotics trafficking, the Netherlands continue to be an important transit point for drugs entering Europe, a major producer and exporter of amphetamines and other synthetic drugs, and an important consumer of illicit drugs. The export of the synthetic drug ecstasy to the U.S. during 1999 reached epidemic proportions. The Netherlands' special synthetic drug unit, set up in 1997 to coordinate the fight against designer drugs, appears to be successful.

One of the beautiful bridges

by plikt

I don't want to bore with general information that one could easily get from some info books but, when we heard that Amsterdam has 1000 bridges (this is the number i remember right now) we thought about this fun thing we could do one day - get some bikes and have a competition, who crosses all of them first.

Amsterdam Tip

by Tranquilo best ever memory which I can't forget is when I was just a little young boy and had a joint for the very first time with a friend. We were in an alley and heard a voice behind us and said:'What ya kids doin'?' , turned around and saw ourself a copper. There we were standing with our spliff, he looked at it, conviscated it for a second ....and took a blow. LOL...I'm talkin' more than a decade back, but it was weird. As advise he just said:'Don't get to tempted when experimenting' and left. //// This is one of the things I like about my have a choice. If your mom would say that you are not allowed to cross the street, would you cross it?


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