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    Beurs van Berlage

    by egonwegh Updated Dec 24, 2015

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    Favorite thing: The Beurs van Berlage used to be the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. I remember a guided tour with my high school back in the 1970s, when the building was still used for its original purpose and we were allowed a quick look at the trade floor. Today it is an exhibition hall and a popular venue for conferences. Beautiful architecture! Here you can see me second from right in the third row, together with other employees of Dutch libraries (among them H.K., G.J. and G.K.), attending the 'DARE 2 SHARE' conference, 25 January 2007.

    Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage (interior)
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    Amsterdam Center

    by machomikemd Written Oct 6, 2015

    Favorite thing: The Center of Old Amsterdam lies along the Periphery of the huge Centraal Station. This Center of Amsterdam is part of the Old Side (Oudezijde) of the City as such the area is full of restaurants, bars, stores, tour bus stops and souvenir stores as well. This area also hosts the docking ports of the various companies that do the Canal Cruises and also lies at the endpoint of the infamous De Wallen Red Light District. there are even some infamous Coffe Shops (the one who serves marijuana) around the area as well.

    Fondest memory: You can walk around the attractions at the Amsterdam Center and Old Side after dropping of the Central Station whether going via Hop on Bus, Tour Bus, Tram or Train

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    Dutch Beers

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2015

    Favorite thing: Although some of the Dutch Beers are popular around the world (think of Heineken, Amstel and Grolsch) are eclipsed by it's Neighbor, Belgium as the former part of Netherlands (Belgium) is more knowned the world over due to the Sheer variety of Belgian Beers. However, when in the Netherlands, you should try to drink the other popular beers in the country besides the top three known outside Heineken, Grosch and Amstel) such as Bavaria Beer, Dommelesch, La Trappe (A Dutch Trappist Beer) and Bok Beer and there is also a flourishing IPA Craft Beers and Microbreweries in and Around Amsterdam.

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    Dutch Softdrinks

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2015

    Favorite thing: If you are a softdrink lover and is staying in Amsterdam and in need of a carbonated sugar fizz, fear not as your favorite carbonated bubbly is readily available everywhere in Amsterdam like in restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, even in the notorious Coffee Shops as well and at the Supermarkets and Convenience Stores too. Your favorite Coca Cola Products and Pepsi Products as are present here and also the various local softdrink makers that makes softdrinks such as Holy Soda, Sisi, Royal Club, Climax and a lot more.

    Fondest memory: the sofdrinks are available in 330 ml aluminum cans and 500 ml and 2 liter PET Bottles and even in small 6 ounce bottles in restaurants too and prices range from 1.50 to 5 euros a can or a bottle, depending on where you buy it.

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    Bottled Water and Mineral Water

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2015

    Favorite thing: Like in other Countries in Europe, There are two kinds of Containers where the Mineral and Spring and Distilled and Sparkling Water are sold here in Brussels, namely via the Plastic PET Bottles and the typical transparent Glass Bottles with either a re sealable cap or Pop up Cap and there are available in different sizes like 500 ml, 1 liter, 350 ml, 2 liter and a gallon and you can buy them everywhere at the Hotels, Convenience Stores, Restaurants, Shops, Souvenir Stalls, Market, etc .

    So the best deal is to find the convenience stores near your hotel or hypermarkets in whatever place you are staying in the Canal City of Amsterdamto buy some cheap bottled water as it only cost about 0.80 to 1.10 Euros for a 500 ml of Mineral water in PET Bottles and 1..60 to 2.50 Euros for a 2 liter PET Bottle of Mineral water at those establishments which are way cheaper than at the Restaurants or Hotels.

    Fondest memory: Better buy lots of mineral water PET Bottles at Convenience Stores to save money as you are not provided with complimentary bottled water in most hotels (even in 5 star ones) in Europe , even here in Amsterdam and we even stayed in a 4 star hotel at Novotel and still no complimentary bottled water here, unlike in Asia where it is a standard for most hotels of whatever category who give a pair of bottled water for free everyday

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    Dutch Seafood

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2015

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    Favorite thing: Althoug the Dutch Cuisine is more geared towards Meats and Dairy Products, dutch Cuisine also have some seafood ingrdients as well as the national dish is the pickled herring which are swallowed raw donw the hatch, besides this, the dutch also have a variety of seafood dishes as well like Dutch Style Seafood Rice, Dutch Style Fish and Chips made from Codfish which are called Kibbeling, various fried seafood such as shrimps, squid, crabs, lobsters and even an Indonesian import called seafood Leompia (from the Chinese Inspired Spring Roll Lumpia) and other varieties of seafood as well which you can order in and around Amsterdam and on a tour along the Northern Part of Netherlands such as Monickendam, Voledam, Zaans Shanse etc.

    Fondest memory: Seafood Galore to eat in some places in amsterdam

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    Cannabis Lollipops Anyone?

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2015

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    Favorite thing: The dutch are very liberal even in the recreational drugs which most countries around the world deemed illegal and addicting substance besides the infamous Coffee Shops in Amsterdam which sells Cannabis (marijuana) cigarettes (they are different from the Coffee House which sells just coffee and snacks and no marijuana). But you don't need to go to a Coffee Shop to partake of this famous illegal substance as there are many convenience stores and souvenir shops in and around Amsterdam that sells Cannabis Lollipos of which they have actual marijuana extracts in it!

    Fondest memory: You can buy a Cannabis Lollipop in many convenience stores at 0.50 Euros for a piece of lollipop!

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    Februari staking / February strike

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 27, 2015

    Favorite thing: The Februari staking or February strike was a major fact during the German occupation of Amsterdam in the Second World War. The cause was the first razzia im Amsterdam where 427 Jews were arrested. In the year before many smaller conflicts between fascists and people who opposed them lead to more and more violence.

    The forbidden communist party held a public meeting on the evening of February 24, 1941 and the next two days the Februari staking was a fact and spread to other industrial cities like Haarlem and Utrecht.

    It was a public Dutch protest against the deportation of Jews.

    Each year the staking is remembered with a silent walk and a gathering at the Dokwerker statue at the Jonas Daniƫl Meijerplein.

    At the Noorderkerkplein, the square where the strike had been organised are inscripted remembrance plates.

    Another remembrance place is the Nooit meer Auschwitz monument.

    Februari staking - Amsterdam Februari staking - Amsterdam
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    Stroopwafel

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 25, 2015

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    Favorite thing: If the Belgians are famous for the Belgian Waffles which are fluffy and Savory, the Dutch are famous due to the Stroopwafel, which is a variation of the much loved waffle. The Dutch Stroopwafel originated in the City of Gouda (also famous for Gouda Cheese) and since then became popular all over the Netherlands. The Stroopwafel is made from flour, butter, brown sugar, yeast, milk, and eggs and then made into a small ball and cooked into the stroopwafel iron griddle to make this waffle thin and crispy. Then a creamy caramel is then sandwiched between the two thin waffles to make it a stroopwafel and they are sold fresh or packed in and around the convenience stores, street eateries, restaurants, supermarkets in and around the City of Amsterdam.

    Fondest memory: you can buy freshly made stroopwafels at the street stands in dam square or you can buy the various packed stroopwafels made by different companies of which it cost 1 to 1.30 euros for a small 2 piece pack of stroopwafel and 5 euros for a larger 10 piece pack.

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    Luggage Drop & Go

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 6, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Drop & Go is a small business that started in 2014.

    The storage is located at: Nieuwe Nieuwstraat 14 - 1012 NH Amsterdam at 10 minutes walking from the Central Train Station.
    It's a good option to store your stuff when the lockers at the station are not available.

    Tel: +31-6-15641228.

    Business hours:
    Daily: 8AM - 11PM

    Tariffs for 24 hour storage:
    -Euro 4 hand luggage
    -Euro 7 suitcase
    -Euro 10 extra large items

    Drop & Go - Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam Webcams

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 8, 2014

    Favorite thing: Centraal Station
    Smits Koffiehuis (Opposite the station)
    DAM square
    Koningsplein
    A10 Highway
    Schiphol Airport

    Koningsplein webcam - Amsterdam Amsterdam DAM square webcam
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    LOST & FOUND

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 6, 2014

    Favorite thing: I hope it will never happen to you, but in the unlikely case you loose something at Amsterdam here are some addresses to inquire at:

    -Bureau Gevonden Voorwerpen
    Lost and Found Office of the City of Amsterdam
    Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 52 - 1017 RC Amsterdam
    Telephone: +31-20-2510222
    Business hours: Mo-Fr: 9AM - 4PM
    -Lost and Found GVB (Public Tansport Amsterdam)
    Arlandaweg 100 - 1043 HP Amsterdam (near the Sloterdijk Station)
    Telephone: +31-0900-8011
    Business hours: Mo-Fr: 9AM - 6PM
    -Lost and Found NS (Dutch Railways)
    Telephone: +31-0900-3212100
    -Lost and Found Schiphol Airport.

    Bureau Gevonden Voorwerpen - Amsterdam
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    For the visual handicapped travellers

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 16, 2013

    Favorite thing: Amsterdam is a crowded city with cobblestone pavement at certain places.

    Lucky more and more improvements are made to aid visual handicapped people, like beeping traffic lights, guiding pavement and more.

    The latest I saw where braille rails along the steps at the Central Station

    Braille Rail at the Central Station
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    Brouwerij de Molen's Vuur & Vlam beer

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 19, 2013

    Favorite thing: Brouwerij de Molen, a brewery in Bodegraven, Netherlands, brews a fantastic beer called Vuur and Vlam, or Fire and Flame. Amber in color, the name matches the beer. The taste is slightly sweet, but very hoppy and bitter, as an IPA-style of beer should be. 6.2% alcohol by volume.

    A very good beer by any standard. Also expensive.

    Brouwerij de Molen is a small Dutch microbrewery established in 2004. Today the brewery is located in a historic windmill (or molen) that was constructed in 1697. The brewery also has a tasting room and restaurant. According to the internet beer rating site, Ratebeer.com, de Molen is one of the top 100 breweries in the world, and top 10 in the Netherlands.

    I first had a de Molen beer in a small bar near Tokyo, where the price was steep, about 1,500 Yen per 333ml bottle (USD 15).

    Address: Overtocht 43, 2411 BT Bodegraven
    %Phone: +31-172-610848
    Web site: http://www.brouwerijdemolen.nl/

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    Pulitzer Hotel - Art Gallery

    by nicolaitan Updated Mar 31, 2013

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    Favorite thing: As early as 1975, the tortuous corridor between the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht buildings became an art gallery, now with four exhibitions a year. The hotel estimates that over 300+ guests and visitors pass through per day, bisecting the garden, and checking out the offerings. On this visit, whimsy ( images 1-3) was the flavor of the calendar quarter, but over the years both Dutch and international painters have exhibited here.

    The largest fixed work of art hangs in the Keizersgracht 238 restaurant, measing at least 20 feet long and six feet high. It was commissioned during a late 20th C renovation and created by the French artist Thierry de Cronieres. The title is "Hals' Brunch: Mirror of a rich past, but ready for the future " and offers a 20th C take on Franz Hals classic " The Last Supper ". Every passing reveals a new modern element appropriate to the 20th C - beer cans and soda bottles, cell phones, Marlboros, spray painted graffiti, video games on laptops, and even a Burger King Whopper. Many of the faces seem vaguely familiar as well - is Jesus really Tom Selleck? Is that Perrier, are those skateboards? Picture is worth the price of a meal ( images 4,5 ).

    Yes, Virginia, pigs can fly.

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