I have a feeling that many people do not realise that it was not only Jews who were persecuted and sent to concentration camps by the Nazi regime: gypsies, the mentally and physically handicapped and homosexuals also suffered the same fate.
To the rear of the Westerkerk you will find Amsterdam's monument to the homosexuals who suffered and died during the Occupation. It is the world's first, and comprises three pink granite triangles (homosexuals were forced to wear pink triangles on their clothes).
The artist is Karin Daan, and the inscription reads 'Such an infinite desire for friendship' (Jacob Israel de Haan, a Dutch writer).
Worth seeking out on your way to or from the Anne Frank Huis, which is also to the rear of the Westerkerk.
Amstelveen is one of the suburbs of Amsterdam. In contrast to Amsterdam, Amstelveen is one of the "greenest" cities of Holland.
There are quite some activities for children, and possibilities for recreation.
Ladies, the shopping center is the biggest in the region!!! (Sorry guys...)
Amstelveen can easily be reached by tram 5 or metro 51 from Amsterdam.
On the picture, Amstelveen is the rectangular shape in the middle, surrounded by green, with Amsterdam in the north. The Amsterdamse Bos (forest) is located to the west of Amstelveen.
Please check out my Amstelveen pages for tips about Amstelveen!
This is one of the oldest bars in Amsterdam.
Totally unique in Amsterdam, is that it has a non-smoking room. In de Wildeman serves over 200 different beers. It is tiny and busy, it may take a while to get served, but overall the atmosphere is very nice. If your feet are aching, and you want to have a very good glass of beer... stop here.
A magnificent brick confection at Herengracht 170-172, its facade covered with cherubs and urns, swags and swirls.
The architect was one Hendrick de Keyser, and the house was for one Willem van den Heuvel (important in the West India Company). Van den Heuvel inherited a load of money from his Italian uncle, so adopted his name......which is why the house is called 'Bartolotti'.
The house dates from the early 17th century and, sadly, there is no public access to its interior.
But it does have its own page on the Dutch Wiki. :-)
In the late 19th century, Monet visited Amsterdam to paint. One of his most famous pictures is of the Zuiderkerk from the Groenburgwal (here's a link to a copy of it).
The area he painted has barely changed as you can see from the photograph. The church and the bridge are just the same, but he must have changed the perspective to get them both into the picture the way he did - I couldn't manage it with my camera!
This area of the city is very charming and quaint, and is well worth visiting - there are some lovely little streets and shops and, if you are a keen photpgrapher, some great photo opportunities. Monet knew all the best spots I guess!
On my last trip I got so comfortable with the Dutch I actually thought I was learning to speak it. This however is wrong.
I was walking by a movie theater one day and saw in Plain English: “This is Spinal Tap”. So that night I went. I’ll be god damned if that movie was dubbed in Dutch! That was probably one of the funniest thing I ever did while on vacation.
It would take too much to put this "tip" under "Local Customs" because of its coffeeshops and the cannabis you can get there, familiar with all locals. The Nieuwendijk is one of the oldest shoppings street in Amsterdam with some good shops today. Included C&A, H&M, We, shops for shoes, knick-knack, some good fast-food restaurants, and Tip De Bruin, a tiptop design boutique. When reaching the Nieuwendijk for a walk to Singel (canal street) you'll pass the notorious area where the shops look like colorful, exotic places, with a touch out of the 60's. They include the tainted tea- & coffeeshops, so famous for its liberty today ...
The Hortus is the Botanical Garden in Amsterdam. We came across this buy accident. This "living mesuem" dates back to 1638, it has some amazing items. A must see is the butterfly house. It house as a variety of rooms to display plants from a variety of climates.
Located right on the beach in Zandvoort, the Holland Casino is the place to be if you like gambling.
This is one of only 10 legal casinos in Holland, with roulette, blackjack, and more. The dress code here is "correct" (collar and tie for men), and the minimum age is 18. You'll need your passport to get in. Casino Zandvoort opens daily from 1:30pm to 2am. Entry costs Dfl 6 ($3).
One of the best travel journal websites I have found is Noe Hill.
The writing is flawless and extremely interesting and informative as they share their experiences in Amsterdam, Paris/Loire, their home town of San Francisco.. etc. These well-written travelogue "essays" are accompanied by some great photos. Check this site out. I love Noe Hill.
One journal there I recommend is entitled "Dutch in 3 weeks" by Louis H. Bryan, one hell of a writer. (ahendley used to login at VT and has excellent Venezia pages and photographs at Noe).
Just received a letter and this new photo from Louis himself.
This made my day and I am looking forward to seeing more from Louis and the boys at Noe Hill.
UPDATE: 1/31/05: Had a fabulous lunch of dimsum in San Francisco this weekend with Louis. Finally met him, and he is even more fun in person.
Louis is now updating his new journal "Amsterdam by Segway" here:
Amsterdam by Segway by Louis
Louis (in mijn slecht, sh#&ty Nederlands):
"Mijn vriendelijke groeten en ik wens u 100 jaar van gezondheid en geluk.."
I Nederlands Theater Museum (Dutch Theatre Museum) you can see the Dutch theatre history.
You can see beautiful old costumes from plays etc.
The museum is three very old buildings on the Herengracht and has several beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings.
After your tour you can, if it is nice weather, relax in the backyard and sip your coffee from the theatrestaurant.
You sit in the middle of the city and hear nothing from the traffic. Delicious.
Yo Yo is a friendly, neighborhood spot to chill ... It is way off the beaten path ... so no screaming teenies. It is a grown-up, laid-back kind of place. The apple pie is amazing and the selection of things smokeable is just about right ... all are organic.
Yo Yo is a short walk away from the Albert Cuypmarkt - a daily open-air street market which is worth a visit. The market has every kind of fish and cheese and bread and thingy ... and on a very cold Amsterdam morning, you might even want to pick up a pair of long cotton underwear for less than 5Euro.
2E Jan van den Heijdenstraat 79
De Pijp District
Here is where you do not want to have to go when in Amsterdam. Here are the guys in hats proudly displaying their just issued new passports. After having one of our bags stolen on the train ride into the city we had to apply for new passports at the American Consulates Office. Three days later we were the proud owners of new passports. Legal again...what a relief.
Where else can you see a man in a (seemingly) dirty and very TINY thong, doing acrobatics suspended over a crowd of folks who are out and about and enjoying the day? Why..............Amsterdam, where else!
If you'd like to see some close up shots of him (and you know you do!), take a look at my Leidseplein travelogue!
In this city of sin as Amsterdam is called,
you sometimes get low on energy.
So to get some extra protein's and vitamins,
there is only one thing left to do....
The most eccentric bar in Amsterdam- BananaBar- is situated in the heart of the Red Light District.
In a beautiful 18th century monumental house you will find two cosy furnished floors with special designed bars on which our scarcely dressed girls give you a heart-warming welcome.
Never a dull moment in the Bananenbar because the girls also perform all kinds of incredible erotic tricks. And the Banana is a special part in this scene of course. And if your throat feels dried up by the sight of all these erotic attractions, just ask the girls to fill up your glass again : In the Bananenbar all drinks are on the house !
Service in the most 'natural' style by beautiful hostesses, erotic entertainment on a high level and free drinks. this is the way to go bananas on your night out in Amsterdam !
Visitors can tell what their special wishes are... Entrance is 40 euros for an hour and includes all your drinks!!! If you ask the girls to preform their tricks for you, you have to pay extra though.
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