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  • Urinating

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    There clearly is (or has been) a problem with men and their bladders in Amsterdam. Whether this is linked to inebriated gentlemen falling into canals whilst obeying a call of nature I cannot say. Nevertheless the city has provided metal 'pissoirs' at strategic points. It is thought so important that gentlemen find the appropriate facilities...

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  • Dialect

    Maastricht Local Customs

    Because of its location and diverse modern history Maastrichters have developed a dialect unique to the city which is heavily influence by Belgian and German and even has some French and Spanish minor roots. It differs from Standard Dutch not just in intonation but also regards vocabularly in that there are some terms which do not translate...

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  • Canals

    Utrecht Local Customs

    The Oudegracht is the canal that runs through the centre of Utrecht's Old Town and was the means by which the town traded. Unlike Amsterdam's canals the Oudegracht was built to carry the water at a much lower level than the town's streets themselves and during its building it was designed with this trade in mind. This involved the construction of...

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  • Art, music other culture

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    address: Leenderweg 65, Eindhoven All kind of culturalactivities like special non-commercial movies and theateracts as well as movies in the open air in the square in front of the building and......one can have dinner here as well at their Ëetcafe"

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  • Inside Nieuwe Kerk

    Delft Local Customs

    According to my brochure this organ was built by the Utrecht organ builder Bätz betwen 1837-1839. It has 3 keyboards, 48 registers and a free foot keyboard (pedals). And more than 3000 pipes. I've not been to an organ concert in this church but I have in the Oude Kerk (old church).

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  • Coffee Shops

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Amsterdam (at least the central part) is lined with Coffeshops selling Marijuana. Although I am sure locals use them too, I got the definite impression that they cater to tourist and expats who have flocked to the city because of the tolerance. To add to the confusion if a cup of coffee is what you really want go to a bar.

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  • Carnaval

    Maastricht Local Customs

    it afternoon in town and the town hall is full of crowds. With an invitation you can get in and see the ‘ sleutel-overdracht’ ( handover the key of the city). It is always celbrated they saterday before Carnival starts. The local celebrities are invited as well some national persons in the field of politics. Such as ministers and parlement members....

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  • Museum Van Speelklok tot Pierement

    Utrecht Local Customs

    On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the National Museum From Musical Clock to Street Organ in Utrecht, the Netherlands, presents the international exhibition ‘Royal Music Machines’. Having acquired a large number of loans from other museums world-wide, the museum hosts a spectacular collection of some of the most famous musical automata of the...

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  • 3 kisses on da cheek

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    Thats how we greet our loved ones, as well as friends:-) I dont really like it, one good kiss should be enough i think, but hey its custom so... Hospitality is were the "brabander" is famous for. There is an expression: eenbrabants kwartiertje, meaning people dont always care about time so sometimes "brabantse nachten zijn lang", meaning it can get...

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  • Royal tomb

    Delft Local Customs

    On the Market square of Delft stands tall the high tower of the Niewe Kerk. It is one of the highest in The Netherlands and inside the church are the graves of the Orange-family (royal) of The Netherlands. Especially the beautiful grave monument of the father of the fatherland, William of Orange, is surely worth a visit. The Orange-family are very...

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  • Architecture

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    If I wrote somewhere enthusiast reviews about architecture in France, Italy, Spain, England, I don't feel motivated by the architecture of Amsterdam. Certainly very typical but nothing monumental as one sees along the avenues of Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Venice. The houses of Amsterdam are very "middle class" for the simple reason I...

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  • Museums

    Utrecht Local Customs

    The 'MUSEUM KWARTIER' will be a pleasant diiscovery for you! You will find the largest Museums here, morover it is the historic heart of the City of Utrecht, a collection of Monumental buildings, canals and wharfs, courtyards and churches, with the Tower of the DOM (112 meter in height!! 465 steps) as eye-catcher and agogee! There are guided tours...

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  • Tattooshop Dragon

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    My son has a Klingon sign, my daughter a lions head and i have 2 small tibetan signs(female & fire). Tattoo Dragon is safe shop, with nice staff, not too expensive. If u wanna have a tattoo u can have a look at many books and magazines, when u have made a choice they ask u to take some time to think it over and make an appointment if ur sure,...

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  • Nieuwe Kerk

    Delft Local Customs

    As usual I cannot resist to make a close up of the tower. An added bonus is always if there are bells to be seen from the outside, although the true campanological treasures usually remain hidden inside the tower. For that one must climb the tower. I''m sure the view would be magnificent.

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  • Language

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Does anybody speak Dutch in Amsterdam? No they speak English (at least in the touristic centre of the city). I went in a restaurant, near the Leidse Plein, ordered in Dutch and the waitress asked another one to take my order because that was the only Dutch waitress speaking Dutch (I observed that also persons with Dutch nationality are not able...

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  • Dom church and tower

    Utrecht Local Customs

    After you have visited the Dom church and on leaving it, don t walk straight to the statue in front of you, but make a turn to the left. Then you will see a gate, just enter there and oh! the piece and quiet of this little court.....

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  • Philipsstadion

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    The Philipsstadion at Eindhoven. U can get a tour if you like, its the stadion of my very favourite footballteam PSV. http://www.psv.nl The VVV (the Dutch Tourist Information Office) has set out a few routes for those interested. People wanting to steep themselves in a bit of culture will find all they need in Eindhoven. The city of Eindhoven...

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  • Red Light District

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    What can I say about this? I love how the Netherlands promotes this on the tourist board web page: http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/Cities-in-Holland/Amsterdam/Attractions-in-Amsterdam-1/red-light-district-amsterdam.htm The Red Light District is quite small. 80% of the girls that work there are smoking hot, model quality. There are a few that...

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  • Design Academy Eindhoven.

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    Eindhoven plays a very important role in the world of desing. Young desingers from home and abroad come here to study at the famous Design Academy. Their final projects can be seen every year in the Graduation Gallery during Dutch Design Week in October, an international event not to be missed...

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  • ATM - Credit Cards

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Netherlands was the first country (of 33) I have visited, that we had lots of problems with ATM:s. Outside Amsterdam most of them didn´t exept foreign cards! In AMsterdam there was also some witch didn´t but in most central streets we found those ones, witch took our card also. This was also the first country we had problems paying with foreign...

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  • Dierenambulance (Pets-rescue-ambulance)

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    At Eindhoven we have a special equiped ambulance to pick-up sick- or lost- or dead animals at Eindhoven and region. This service is mostly runned by volunteers who will either handle the calls or drive at the ambulance. Schootsestraat Eindhoven

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  • Tipping

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    I learned to look both ways twice before crossing a bike path, tram track or road. Cyclists are riding very fast, so I tended to let them go by first before crossing. Dutch people tend to cross regardless, as long as the path is clear. Dutch people will easily and graciously speak perfect English when asked. Dutch people are almost always very...

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  • Cycling

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    Dutch LOVE their bike! They use it all the time, traveling within the city. One of the nicest memories I have is seeing a little girl, smiling,sitting on the luggage rack on the back wheel as her dad was driving her around. You'll see that often here and I really thought it was sweet...anyways.. :)

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  • La Canna Coffee Shop

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The weed and hash menu is displayed openly for people to see. Look and decide what you want to purchase, or not. It is a CHOICE. Even though they are not really known for their weed, I have heard that the Warm Ears Hash on the menu is some awesome stuff.

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  • TO call the US (AT&T...

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    TO call the US (AT&T Direct): Dial 0800-022-9111 Then at the voice prompt dial area code + number At the tone, dial your AT&T Calling Card number or credit card # To Call Canada (Canada Direct): Dial 0 800 022-9116 then follow the voice prompt.

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  • Bitterballen

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    My Dutch companions looked somewhat askance when I ordered bitterballen.....I don't quite know why, and I didn't like to ask. Basically, bitterballen are a minced beef stew mixed with flour and seasoning, allowed to firm in the fridge then coated with egg and breadcrumbs and deep-fried. You eat them by themselves (most often in pubs, I believe)...

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  • VT meeting Eindhoven 2002

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    De lichtjesroute" by bus was'nt done because the busses were fully booked by the touristinformation center "VVV". Instead we went to a friend of mine, Harry. We had a great time walking around, admiring his work and his home, Harry offered us some drinks while some of the member stayed inside, Robin, some others and me stayed in the beautifull...

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  • Beer & Breweries

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Jenever: is the straight Dutch gin. Bols and Heineken: are the two main distillers of jenever in Holland. Bols was founded by Lucas Bols in 1575. Heineken is famous for the best selling jenever of all, Bokma Jonge. Coebergh: Dutch Berry Gin Classic Juttertje: Spice Liquor Hartevelt: Dutch Lemon Gin Hooghoudt: Dutch Double Grain Gin is madfrom...

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  • Beatrixcanal Eindhoven

    Eindhoven Local Customs

    This picture i made just 5 minutes walk from my home. Its the Beatrixcanal were some locals still do fish sometimes. There used to be more traffic on the water here, mostly industrial orientated. On the way from Gestel to Strijp u can bike or go by car to follow this canal upto Best and further... 8,4 km short sidecanal to the harbour of...

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  • French Fries - Frites

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Shall I repeat once again that there are NO French Fries in the EU! Not in France - did you ever read Frites françaises on a menu in France - NOT in Belgium of course and NOT in Holland. The Dutch, a very realistic nation, reckon that the best Frieten are made according to the Belgian receipt and introduced in the Netherlands only around 1905. As...

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  • Houseboats

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    On the canals of Amsterdam there are some 2400 families on houseboats living there, about 750 live within the 17th century canal system of downtown Amsterdam. You will find some stretches with lots of houseboats side by side and other streches that are deliberately kept empty. Living on the water mainly developed after the second world war when...

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  • Smart Shops

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    This was new to me. Smart shops sell harder drugs and its all legal or tolerated. They dont sell weed or hash here. Smart shops sell mushrooms and ecstasy (an herbal ecstasy) and even marijuana seeds. They also have menus of what they offer and a description of what the substance does. For example if you want to to have personal enlightenment try...

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  • Bicycle - Cycling

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    There are thousands and thousands of bikes in Amsterdam. I knew that before I visited. But I hadn't realised quite how many bikes would be standing (or lying) around, everywhere. I suspect many no longer actually belong to anyone, but have simply been abandoned when a new bike has been purchased. Huge numbers were left near my hotel, day in, day...

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  • Greetings - Kissing

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Kissing ¡V Three kisses starting on the right cheek & ending on the right cheek I always get my right & my left confused ¡K.. No not on purpose :-) If you are in a bakery, postoffice, deli etc make sure if there is a dispenser where you get a numbered ticket before joining a queue. It is not the done thing to smoke dope in public so it is...

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  • Street Performers

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    In the early part of twentieth century the Netherlands became world famous for its street organs. Love it or hate it, or just putting a smile on your face, even today the sound of street organs belongs to Amsterdam as much as its winding canals and its liberal attitude. It is true that the organ tends to attract a more appreciative audience from...

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  • King's Day - Koningsdag

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Queens Birthday has a long history and it's not a day on current Queen, she's born on November, but she decided to change the day, at least the weather is better at the end of April. There are many traditions but originally the day was for kids and kinds are visible on street having a lot of performances for example. I participated at least four...

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  • Books - Tourist guides

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    This is one of the spots that can be truly hidden for someone in a rush or for somebody only visiting the main spots in Amsterdam. It’s a spot you easily walk by but it’s actually one you should stop for. The bookcase is located in a porch, just across Sarphatipark. It’s filled with books (most of them in Dutch). The idea behind the case is...

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  • Haring

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    For food on the hoof forget about MacDonald's (boo hiss!). Instead net a bit of raw fish from one of the many stalls around the city. Spankingly (once again for want of a better word!) fresh herring in a bread roll with pickle and raw onion for about 3 Euro makes for a healthy fast-food option - think "brain food". Absolutely delicious and will...

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  • Photography

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Are you taking a picture of me.... or am I taking a picture of you? Hahaha, a camera battle was on the go! We've been chasing each other around almost all day to get some fun pictures. And now it ended in both having our camera's ready for action :-)

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  • Wooden Shoes

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The wooden shoe has been worn since the Dark Ages throughout Europe (news to me, I only thought the Dutch wore them!). People still wear wooden shoes in Holland because of the swampy ground, and also because there is an ample amount of the wood needed to manufacture them (willows and poplars). ~ The orthopedic shape of the wooden shoe - 'clog' -...

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  • Dam Square

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The pigeons on the Dam square are loved and hated at the same time. The birds are simply rude from all the food they get and the fact that they are in masses and you stand alone. There are various birdfood salesmen roaming around the sqaure, making the situation only worse. The animals (rats among birds) are a plague to the cities monuments and...

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  • Rembrandtplein

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    This park is just around the corner from where our hotel was... a block away from the famous Amstel River. This is a lovely park, peaceful and green. A pleasure to sit and relax in. There is a little cafe on the one side too where you can have something light to eat and a hot drink. Of course, all around the park there are bars and cafes, as there...

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  • Poezenboot

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    The " Poezenboot" is a houseboat that was converted into a cat asylum. It all started when Mr.s van Weelde living at the Herengracht found a stray cat mother and her kittens and started care for the cat family. Soon after other cats were adopted. In 1968 a first boat was bought and transformed into an asylum for cats. Mrs. van Weelde still had a...

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  • Street Markets

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    Good information about markets in Amsterdam on: www.dutchmarkets.org/markten/amsterdam/englishtour/markets.htm (full list) And for a bit of history and description http://www.dutchmarkets.org/markten/amsterdam/amsterdam.html#Overzicht

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  • Rijksmuseum

    Amsterdam Local Customs

    RIJKSMUSEUM By far the largest museum in the Netherlands, housed in a monumental neo-renaissance building designed by PJH Cuypers. The Rijksmuseum (State Museum)ranks as a major European museum of Western European painting and decorative arts.

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    Dec 28, 2012 at 8:13 AM

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