De Transvaalsche Boer at Gasthuismolensteeg 20, corner Herengracht, is a small corner house build at a piece of land that belonged to former mayor Cornelis Benningh Jan Duvensz.
The house dates from the 1580-ies. Around 1900 the house was in such a bad shape that the owner -Joh. Maria van Kelckhoven- started a plan for renovation. Architect van Arkel designed this unique Amsterdam building. After completion of the renovation, a cigarshop was opened with the name De Transvaalsche Boer. A small statue of a South African farmer is located at the first floor corner.
In 2002 the building was renovated again. After a research the building got back its original colours.
De Pijp (the Pipe) is a very different and attractive neighbourhood in central Amsterdam. Located just southeast of the inner city and can be reached by tram 4 or 25 (stop Ceintuurbaan), near to where the walk starts.
Fondest memory: Because I was staying in De Pijp, I sort of missed out on the first part of the walk and started on Diamantstraat (see map).
The best way to learn the city is to walk everywhere. I had a little fear on learning my way by getting on a tram and not being able to get off where I saw I needed to go. That, however weird it sounds, forced me to walk. It took a couple of days, but once you tune in the internal compass you'll have no problem getting to where you need to go. There are helpful "you are here" maps all around. The key trick is to orientate yourself from where you are to where you need to go. Remember the streets run on the canal system that is in a horseshoe configuration, Central Station being at the top if looking from overhead. On this you can't just walk a few extra blocks one way and think you have a short cut. You'll wind up lost. Streets are not on a rectangular system that some might be use too. The street signs are on the corner of the buildings not on poles on the corners. If conscious of looking like a lost tourist just use a restroom somewhere and pull out your handy map out of sight of others.
Fondest memory: I can't really say there is anything I miss more than the uniqueness of the city. I love the energy of the people and difference in the culture. Amsterdam is one of a kind city. The canals and leaning buildings with such awesome architecture. Dodging and negotiating the bicycle traffic is a learning experience. I loved it there and was there during November. I can't wait to visit in spring or summer when it is nice and can ride a bike around in shorts checking out windmills in the countryside.
maps--- the canals the street names *way confusing*
but..ware the thing around your neck...dont want pricy thing like that swiped!
Fondest memory: i like a agentinian steak resturant just outside of the red light district close to the train station
Favorite thing: Walking around Amsterdam, and hearing how old much of the city is, is a great experience. Alot of the homes have been lived in for hundreds of years. The canal that runs through it is a great photo op.
After leaving Tara's pub we walked to the 'Waterlooplein', a flee market. It s always fun to visit a flee market because you never what you might find. Amsterdam is well known for it s Albert Cuyp but this market was ok as well.
From left to right: Mirella, Roelien, SandravdP, Capricorn and Peter.
I recommend you explore Amsterdam by foot.
Any trip along the canals will you take along interesting places. Don't forget the alleys and the connecting streets between the canals; a lot of hidden shops and small businesses can be found just there.
Fondest memory: My favorites: Brouwersgracht, Noordermarkt, Elandsgracht, The nine little streets and the Kerkstraat.
Favorite thing: I also noticed many recycling bins throughout the city for paper and glass. What a fantastic idea. Why don't more cities do this? I also wonder if people actually use them for glass and paper rather than just garbage......
One of my most favorite things about Amsterdam is:
the pace, lifestyle, and feeling of the old city (away from busy center) along the canals on a warm, sunny day in the fall.
Fondest memory: Walking, and even better, bicycling the city and countryside both day and at night, especially during the still-warm fall weather.
- The local people I met in Amsterdam. Puccinis. Bicycles. Indonesian and Dutch food. The peace of the sunset from a terrace. The chimes from Westerkerk Toren.
Meeting, listening to and learning from all different cultures of people on the streets, in the cafes, restaurants, museums, bars, and coffee shops.
Water; canals, art, architecture.
To me, Amsterdam at first felt like a city of harmony, but the more I return I am finding beneath the surface that is not necessarily the case.
No matter, I will not let prejudice and hatred spoil Amsterdam or the Netherlands for me.
You can buy a tram pass by the week, or you can buy strippenkarts to use for individual tram trips. But you can also spend days and days seeing sights and enjoying Amsterdam without ever setting foot on any kind of motorized transportation.
That's because there is so much within walking distance. If you can comfortably walk a mile or two at a time, you can walk to virtually all of the major museums and tourist attractions in central Amsterdam.
And much of what you may want to see and do may be in a much smaller area than that.
And if you get tired, there's always a cafe, bar or coffeeshop handy where you can stop and rest. There are also numerous little parks and plazas with shaded benches where you can just stop and relax.
Of course, in the coldest months of winter you may want to rely more on trams or other transport, but when the weather is pleasant, walking is definitely the way to go. Besides, that it helps use up some of those calories you'll be ingesting from all of that delicious Dutch pastry and cheese and all that great Dutch and Belgian beer.
Favorite thing: This view from Rokin in the city centre has a little slice of Holland right there - Heineken Beer, diamonds and windmills!! Our bus driver pointed it out as we were passing on the way to the hotel!
Favorite thing: Amsterdam's an easy city to walk through. At least that little area i got to know. Everything is so near and even though I spent few time there i didn't feel the need of getting into any tram to move around faster. Everything seems to be close, and you have to walk a little further some channel or nice building will come across your way and delight your eyes. While walking around don't forget to look up, some buildings are pretty interesting and you will notice some typical architecture. Streets are crowded both with locals and visitors and you still you feel you’re through a cosy welcoming city.
...Well, that's the blue car behind me & Santadog.
Even that excites me; Everything in Amsterdam to me was for watching. Yes, watching first, get to know the pros & cons, then dive-in !.
...and discovering so many things unlike so many things that I had seen in my life! Maybe this place is for me, maybe not. I miss my own habitat in Kuala Lumpur or rather my own room !
There I was in the photo looking like a clown, spot me yet ?
Fondest memory: The other day I walked from my work to the train station and noticed these beautiful big balloons on the Beursplein, next to the Bijenkorf. The balloons were here because of the Holland Festival, which is held every year in June. The festival has a wide variety of the stage arts with one characteristic in common: great artistic quality and an international dimension.