Amsterdam Things to Do Tips by June.b
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Our walking tour guide brought us to the location of the the house considered to be the narrowest in the world measuring only one meter in width, located in Singel
If you're walking alone wandering around Amsterdam, you wouldn't notice this.
**See the pic on your right - the red apartment in the middle.
Address: Singel 166
Great thing about walking in great cities like Amsterdam is seeing lots of stuff that kind of interesting, like this building that I don't even know the story or the name or if it's something to write about.
But well, it's really interesting, the colour, the paints, the whole idea...see the pictures.
Anyone knows what's it called?
With the size of China and its population, it's juz reasonable to spill over worldwide and Chinatown is a result of that phenomenon. So almost every big cities in the world have their Chinatown...and share to everyone that great chinese culinary art, you know I mean food, right? and culture...and herbal...and chinese tea... and tai chi...and..stop! am running out of lists.
You may notice it on some building particularly old ones, a colorful tablet with carvings - mostly of people in uniforms or professions. These tablets embedded on the wall or the facade of the house actually serves as an identification and visual description of the house or building owner long before the invention of house numbers.
For easy identification, engraved on the tablets are picture form most of the time the profession of the house owner and of course the last name insribed.
The good thing about having a guide or joining a walkig tour is having to learn a lot of information mostly of local origin and trivias that're interesting.
Our guide was jokingly telling us the best invention of the dutch - (see pictures) - I did not even noticed it until he made us aware of its existence. Those panels on the corners of some buildings are actually pissing-off panels, which means it drives away people - particularly drunken people at night - from peeing on their building corner.
So they design this thing that if a male drunkard *** on the corner, his *** will all splatter on his own pants, and for female - those barbed iron so they won't sit on the corner to pee.
Interesting, ain't they?
Literally translated as "old church" and so is the oldest church of amsterdam located right on the red light district. There are thousands of famous personalities buried on this church, indeed, the church itself is constructed in a cemetery - rings a bell - remember the poltergeist movie?
Ironically (or is it?), the church is surrounded by prostitutes on windows. I think our guide was right about the logic in there - prostitute + church = forgiveness of sins right at your doorstep! Who would have thought?
Address: Oudekerksplein 23
The impressively designed red huge train station sits on a man made island right in front of the harbor was constructed with controversies - well that's the story or history - which you may not notice unless maybe if you're a city planner or ...uv read the story online.
Anyhoo, chances are you'll end up here if you're getting in or out of Amsterdam to/from your next destination. There are lots of tram that starts and end here - but I prefer to walk, Amsterdam is not that big. The train from Haarlem stops here - a 15 miuntes ride.
For me, it does not only serve as a transport hub, I used it for other handy things. For one, There is a "I amsterdam" tourist office inside the station where I bought a shirt and some other stuff, while most people buy their tours from there, transport cards, maps, and free tourist info.
Secondly, it's a good place to meet up with friends, almost everyone knows the place.
Third, there are some fastfood restaurants inside, stores, a toilet for EUR0.50 and lastly ---
....I took a shower there for EUR5 before boarding the overnight train to Munich - juz cuz checkout time in hotels is normally before noontime and I roam around the city the whole day until late afternoon and feeling dirty. Cost not including towel though which is an extra. Well worth it instead of paying a hefty extra extention rate from the hotel.
our tour group
I joined the NewAmsterdam free walking tour that started at the Dam Square's National Monument (conducted by Sandemans).
It was a great introduction tour of the city and I would highly recommend it either you have only a day or several days to spend in the city. You can catch them also at the main train station but before 11am.
The tour starts at 11:15am, the lady in red shirt arrived at the national monument with a red sign board (see pic), she gave us a small paper with a number - a counter maybe to know how many people are joining the tour. Well, there are a lot of us so they have to seggregate the english and the spanish speakers. Both groups is big, I think we're about 30 or sumthin from various nationalities.
Our guide from NZ whom I forgot the name is them ost animated tour guide I've seen during my whole trip - both hands moving all the time, his voice changes from low pitch to high to growling depends on what he wants to emphasize and the theme of his stories. Kind of a good dubber for a cartoon movie. He's so much entertaining that sometimes he tells too much stories in one spot, and has a loud voice - if he's reading this sorry - don't stand in front of him as his spit is trajecting while he talks - am always at the back of the crowd.
Don't get me wrong, he's really good, probably the best guide I've seen.
The whole 2 hours and a half or so tour invloves all walking around some of the highlights of the city - no entry though at museums - so if you want to further explore the stuff you passed by later, at least you already got the info on its location.
If not for this walking tour, I may have not known about the narrowest building in the city, and the trivia about 18,000 bicycle falling on the canals each year, the story of the churches and red light district, and other interesting stuff.
Don't forget to tip your tour guide at the end of the tour, they are not salaried, they get their income from tips. I heard they give EUR1 to their company for each individual joining the tour - now I've realized, that's the small paper with a number they distribute right before the tour. So if you don't tip 'em, he loses 1 for each non-tipper. On the contrary if all people are generous, the guy would be more than happy.
They also have some other tours like Red Light at night EUR12, Bike Tour EUR15.
Address: National Monument
Directions: in front of the obelisk-shaped white monument @ Dam Square
The vast green-grassed square right at the back of the Van Gogh Museum is the Museumplein. It's a huge area where lots and lots of people are lying down the grass sunbathing. It's use for various events and celebrations obviously because of the size of the area.
Consequently four of the big museums of Amsterdam is found around the square - Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Diamond Museum.
And of course the "I amsterdam" in individual letters standing right at the end of the pond in red&white is there - and that's the reason why I went there - to take at least one picturrrrrrre!
St. Nicholas church
Translated as the Saint Nicholas Church is located near the Amsterdam Central Station. When you get out of the station turn to your left and just after the GVB ticket office go straight and cross the small bridge.
The neo-baroque and neo-rennaisance church is a roman catholic church.
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