Walking the streets of Amsterdam in December 2010 with Dila (Diana), we noticed the almost empty streets. No cars, not even the reliable tram system, were on the streets, not to mention almost no people. Everything was frozen outside. We did finally find the "Winter Pavalion", a large temporary enclosed space for selling all types of local products and also warm drinks and food. It also had adjacent to it a very large skating rink where we found all the people.
As you can see from the other photos, did not matter who or what you were, civilian, clergy, residential, public or free, EVERYTHING was frozen in snow.
The city is quite beautiful. The canals and the buildings are something to see! The thing that is a bit overwhelming is the amount of drugs and people that are on them! It is amazing how many are walking around in a haze at one point in the evening. It is a calm city concidering. The red light district is a sad place to end up in. On a lighter note the food is amazing in the resteraunts. It is easy to get around. Make sure when you get on the train/street cars if you don't have a ticket you get in on the front so you can purchase a ticket on the way in the train. We got in on the back and tried to buy tickets on the way out. They were not pleased about that.They gave us a free ride but told us to ALWAYS get in in the front if you don't have tickets.
Fondest memory: Walking along the Canals at night, as the sun was setting. And I loved seeing the old wind mills on the highways. (autobahns) The old farm houses and the fields on the way from amsterdam to Maastrict was really cool.
I found the Dutch to be one of the nicest people on planet Earth. Almost everyone in Holland speaks English and so it is very easy to navigate the country. People are also very friendly and many of them go out of their way to be helpful to the visitors. The Dutch are indeed very tall people that appears to be intimidating but they are very warm at heart. Guess we could call them the Gentle Giants !!!.
Fondest memory: The Hop-on Hop-off Circle Tram is really a joy ride around Amsterdam. Unfortunately, it appears this Circle Tram is not in operation anymore. If I visit Amsterdam again, I would certainly miss this toy like train.
AMSTERDAM has 17 tram lines, 37 bus lines and 3 subway lines, all of those routes are shown on a free map provided by the GVB.
The Circle Tram - line 20 - is especially attractive for tourists, as it provides a very cheap tour of the city, linking all MAJOR ATTRACTIONS.
Single trip tockets are available from the conductor on most tram routes, or, more economically, purchase a multi-trip ticket (known as a STRIPPENKAART) at the GVB, Amsterdam Tourist Office (VVV), most tobaconists and supermarkets.
The GVB Publik Transportations Office is in front of Centrral Station where you will find a route map and an English - Language guide to the ticketing system.
There is also a beautiful new one on track too, inside the station, which is open the longest (8.00AM - 8 PM)
Or call for info: GVB - tel. 0900 92 92
This is a real MUST .......by CIRCLE TRAM NUMBER 20 a tour through AMSTERDAM.....and you don't have to change trams......
Board this tram at the CENTRAAL STATION or THE TOWN HALL e.g. and enjoy, lean back and enjoy..........
One of the several VVV offices (Tourist Info) has all the details and tickets for you.....
Fondest memory: One of my best memories comes from the train trip into Amsterdam from Paris. There was a guy named Jason who sat across the aisle from my friend Heidi and I and we all talked on the way there. He was actually sitting next to this rude guy who apparently hated Americans (as he proceeded to tell us how stupid we were as often as possible). When we got to the train station in Amsterdam Jason offered to help us find our hostel, and I must admit we were a little sketchy at first. But he helped us get our money converted and grab a tram to the hostel. It was actually kind of difficult to find, so without him we would have been lost. My only regret is that we didn't think to get a picture with him (I'm a little camera happy when I'm visiting other countries). It would have been wonderful to have a picture.
Take a tram to nowhere special and start walking. The beautiful thing about this that you walk around with no goal and so really enjoy the atmosfere and see this fascinating city.
When you have enough of this, it is cause of the city structure not so very difficult to find out where you are.
At the top of the foto you can see the Central Station.
Fondest memory: When I didn't feel like going to school I always just went walking in some of the streets untill I didn't know where or who I was.
Favorite thing: I love the look of cities with trams! But watch out, these trams travel fast and have right of way everywhere. I was almost hit countless times.
Favorite thing: Use the tram for your transportation through the city and walk. At the Touristoffice (VVV) you can get described routes. The Touristoffice is in front of the station.
Favorite thing: Well, I'll come back to this subject later, the picture is from my office with a blue tram passing by.