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Curious to experience all Amsterdam had to offer, we headed to Casa Rosso, reputedly the best live sex show in Amsterdam (www.casarosso.com).
The show took place in a small theatre style room. There were 7 "acts" to the show, though you could stay as long as you liked If you wanted to watch the same acts over again.
There were 3 "novelty" acts and 4 "live sex" acts. The novelty acts involved props such as banana's and lit candles.... The live sex was not at all erotic - a little to choreographed....
Unique Suggestions: ....it was worth a look, but it wasn't cheap at approximately 25euros....even dearer if you wanted to have a drink while watching.
Better to drink else where before and after the show
Fun Alternatives: have your own private show back at your hotel
Updated Apr 19, 2004
When we arrived in Amsterdam, tired and hungry and ready for a sit-down, Leidesplein was the first place we came to that seemed to have what we wanted. We sat outside in the sunshine, then realised we were in an Irish bar, being served by an Australian waitress, and being entertained by American buskers - hardly what we'd expected of our first visit to the Netherlands! If you're looking for a taste of authentic Amsterdam, you won't find it in Leidesplein.
Unique Suggestions: Look out for the keepy-uppy man who does his thing in front of the Bulldog cafe. His football skills were brilliant. Try and avoid the singing buskers though, they were pretty tuneless!
Fun Alternatives: Some of the streets off the main square have some decent-looking restaurants and cafes. Otherwise, walk around the canals areas - Prinsengracht is nearby - there are much nicer bars and cafes there, and you will actually feel as though you are in Amsterdam!
Written Aug 12, 2004
This isn't really a tourist trap, although you will find a lot of tourists using the flat screen, high speed connections here. Easy Internet Cafes are the best thing for the budget traveler who wants to stay in touch with friends and family back home. They can be found all over Europe and even in New York and are a great value. In my hostel, the internet was something like one euro for 5 minutes. At Easy Internet, a euro or two will be all you need for your whole visit.
There are three locations around Amsterdam.
Easy Internet Cafe
Updated May 1, 2004
Edam is known for their cheese, but there is a church in the town that they have been trying to restore. In order to do this they have built a replica of the church out of cheese. It cost 4 Euro, really didn't think it was worth it. But I can say I saw something that was in the Guiness Book of World Records
Unique Suggestions: If you do go to see the cheese Church, feel good that you are helping to renovate an old church and save part of history. Besides if you go inside the church you can bowl using cheese. That was a pretty cool experience.
Fun Alternatives: I would suggest just go see the cheese market.
Written May 16, 2004
The famous floating Flower Market at the Singel is disappointing for me. You expect romantic boats filled with tulips - don't you? All you get tent-like selling places with bulbs, wooden tulips and souvenirs. During my visit in May (!) I say fresh, real tulips at one of the stalls and not more. And I have no idea why it is so popular and often described as one of the must see places...
Unique Suggestions: Write a VT Tourist Trap tip about it...
Fun Alternatives: in spring it's probably the best idea to go to Keukenhof, famous for its tulips and other flowers... apart from that other, smaller markets...
Updated May 7, 2005
At the Floriade there was a bridge lined on both sides with these statues.
Ilse had been telling me she wanted to touch one of them for a pic and I kept laughing and saying no. Finally at the last statue I gave in to her request and quickly snapped the photo but not before other tourists saw her doing it.
Unique Suggestions: I would have touched his bum instead;-)
Updated Mar 30, 2003
This is a town that has tried to keep its heritage. Its got a host of windmills that you can pay to enter and a wooden shoe factory. Really not alot to do there, and a bit out of the way, when I went there were only a few of the 20 windmills open.
Unique Suggestions: At least go into one of the windmills, its absolutely amazing to see climb through and see how they work. They have a variety, for exmaple one that makes oil, one that makes paint, and one that cuts wood.
Written May 16, 2004
Big signs near the Anne Frank Experience point towards the "Smallest Art Gallery in Amsterdam". Which is really a small, plain brick shop/large cupboard with barely passable examples of painting, and souvenirs.
The usual dreadful tat for tourists with no taste!!
Unique Suggestions: Go around the corner to what appears to be the largest ice cream shop in the world(well ok I think the majority of the impressive building is really the Westerkerk, with an ice cream shop stuck on the side, haha)
Fun Alternatives: The Winston Hotel (near the Oudekerk) boasts the 'smallest art gallery in the world', which is actually in the door of their toilet!!
There is also a serious Sunday Art Market in the Spui Square.
Written Jul 6, 2005
Given 4 stars by the Benelux Travel Bureau, which is graded on a curve...
This hotel is more of a 2 star exepericence, with the obnoxious staff as the ONLY thing reminiscent of a 4 star hotel..
They don't even let you hold on to you key! Tell me ONE 4 star hotel that carries this policy...!?
Some of the rooms which I passed as they were being cleaned were of a 2 star status...
I paid for a room which turned out to be on the top floor/ attic that was originally built as a maids quaters..
The window was so small that it was eclisped by the 13inch television hanging from the wall!
It was more of a closet than a room, I honestly, honestly could'nt figure out how they even got the mattress inside of it..
When I complained, 3 minutes after check in, they were enfuriatingly rude and bluntly told me "too late" with a smirk..
Further-more, they charged my credit card for drinks which I did not take WITHOUT my signature or consent what so ever...
I did'nt even stay in the room~!
I took my bags and my pride and told them to go 'uck themselves...
I did'nt even know that my card was charged for the drinks until my next statement!
and by the way,
I researched this place via Hotels.com
which is a sham in itself..
As long as everyone gets out safely,
I hope this place burns to the ground...
Unique Suggestions: There are plenty of other options in the area~
and ones which are FAR better priced much less far better accomodating..
Fun Alternatives: Hotel d'Amsterdam
Written Dec 20, 2005
Quite possibly the biggest famous rip off I have ever known.
You pay €200 for a crappy tShirt (that you can get for free with a little talking), access to the "smoke and chill" area (which there are plenty of already allover the city),access to the crappy concerts and a ballot sheet with the shoppes,their entries and their addresses.
You will not be at a table with spotlights on you tasting bud and shish like your some kind of wine connesieur,with people anxiously looking up at you for your response to be scrawled quickly into their notes...they give you this list and you be on your way to the coffeeshoppes to dish out MORE of your own money and wait in line like everyone else who doe'snt even know it's Cannabis Cup time.
I'd rather wipe my ass with that €200 than pay for something that is free.
Go on HighTimes.com and look for Cannabis Cup Journal #8 every year...it gives the entries and winners of the last cup.Write them down and you can go have your own cannabis cup anytime...
Smoke a nice one for me with the money I just saved you.
Unique Suggestions: *Dampkring* / De Tweede Kamer
Are some of the shoppes with annual entries,the first 3 being the best.
Kadinskys is perhaps the most refined shoppe with a "classy" interior and a chill vibe,and their bud and shish is really good too.
I know if I did'nt know better and had gotten suckered out of that much money I'd be furious.
The only way I would suggest the cup to anyone is if you(they) are growing.There are seminars and displays that may prove worth your time.
You may also go on a one day pass (€50) and see what you'd like and be out.
The actual event is not as much of a "Cup" or contest as it is a convention or seminar/workshop week.
Fun Alternatives: The Cannabis Cup is a ploy to get American pothead tourists off of their lazy asses and have an excuse (if they ever needed one) to make it out to the Oudezijd of Amsterdam and spend money on the industry.
Put that €200 towards your next trip,because not many people are satisfied with only going once.
Written Dec 10, 2004
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