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by RealityCzech
Wed Jun 25, 11:34 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Swins diary 2008 Day 5 - 15th June
Replies: 15
Views: 2633

Re: Swins diary 2008 Day 5 - 15th June

Anyway a walk in a different direction today resulted in finding an area I had never explored before (in about 50 visits) and the discovery of a quiet corner of fabulous houses in the Oud Zuid between Vondelpark and Lairessestraat the the architecture of some of which was if anything more amazing t...
by RealityCzech
Wed Jun 18, 11:49 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Swins diary 2008 Day 4 - 14th June
Replies: 5
Views: 1570

Re: Swins diary 2008 Day 4 - 14th June

Filing todays report a little early (10 pm) before going back out to the Gollem for the rest of the evening. Great day today just wandering around my favourite streets. First stop was the stamp market and as I left the hotel and started down Runstraat I saw two guys actually preparing to use one of...
by RealityCzech
Thu Nov 22, 10:33 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Day 12 Trip Report
Replies: 10
Views: 1898

That's no goose, it's a young swan! Probably born earlier this spring and has not yet turned white. I'm an old country boy, this was a large goose. Standing up his head was above my waist, and he knew his way around as far as begging food much more than a yearling swan. I'm sure he is a permanent r...
by RealityCzech
Thu Nov 22, 10:02 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Swin's diary day 3
Replies: 10
Views: 2015

Re: Swin's diary day 3

Sadly I didn't make the pre-breakfast Jordaan walk yesterday (Thursday) - felt too hung over so I didn't venture forth till about 9 wandering down Leidsegracht (a very beautiful and underrated canal in my opinion) via the flower market (Mrs Swin wants giant amaryllis bulbs - however you spell it!) ...
by RealityCzech
Wed Nov 21, 12:28 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Day 12 Trip Report
Replies: 10
Views: 1898

That's no goose, it's a young swan! Probably born earlier this spring and has not yet turned white.
by RealityCzech
Mon Sep 24, 4:56 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Sept 13th through 19th
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: Sept 13th through 19th

We then strolled to the Grote square and sat and nursed beers at an outdoor cafe. This was my favorite thing to do throughout the trip. People watching at its finest. We went into the church there and were lucky enough to have the famous pipe organ,the largest in Europe, being played while we strol...
by RealityCzech
Tue Jul 10, 9:24 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: For BO
Replies: 29
Views: 5274

Re: For BO

Outside the feeble sunlight illuminates the passing crowd; there are Dutch women shopping, walking past Zuider Kerk with their shoulders bundled tight and their shopping bags clasped in gloved hands. An eclectic mix of Dutch, Moroccan, Jewish and the occasional two or three tourists. I drink the ko...
by RealityCzech
Sun Mar 18, 12:00 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: the Headless Fish house
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Re: the Headless Fish house

i found with interest, some building in Ams. seemed to be identified by "plaques/tablets" over there doors, originally i understand the "tablets" they were a means of locating a person, here's one with a "iron plaque", this building corner of Brouwersgracht and Prinsen...
by RealityCzech
Thu Mar 15, 1:32 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: a shop owner i met...
Replies: 36
Views: 4563

He's right about the Jordaan. My Mum grew up there, on the Bloemgracht, and it used to be a real "people's neighbourhood", like where normal, middleclass, working people live. Then in the 50s the city government wanted to trash the Jordaan, so a lot of people from there moved to Almere an...
by RealityCzech
Fri May 26, 10:48 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Saturday in the 'Dam
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Boom Chicago

"At the appropriate time we headed back over to Boom Chicago to pick up R&S. Unfortunately, they felt the show just wasnt that good (they even claimed that theyve seen better live comedy back home and home is in the sticks!)." Understandable to me. Altho it was quite a while ago the wh...
by RealityCzech
Fri May 26, 10:32 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: 2006 Queensday Trip Report
Replies: 27
Views: 4784

Vissersstraat Redux

Sorry if I couldn't make my point very well in English. Look at it this way. The street is called Vissersstraat. Since the street is divided you could say by the Harlemmerstraat/dijk, the part of the street that is closest to the waterfront is called Buiten or Outside. The continuation of the street...
by RealityCzech
Wed May 24, 8:15 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: 2006 Queensday Trip Report
Replies: 27
Views: 4784

Street of the Foreign Fishermen

"I was on a side street off of Haarlemmerstraat named Buiten Visserstraat which means \0Street of the Foreign Fishermen\0 in Dutch." Koopa, the name of the side street doesn't mean the Street of Foreign Fishermen. If you look at an Amsterdam street map you'll see that the small streets cro...
by RealityCzech
Sat Apr 29, 1:08 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Full trip report, or what I can remeber
Replies: 8
Views: 1626

May I just add that the suggestion to "throw a few Euro" at aggressive people is not only bad advice but certainly NOT what locals do. You are right to be very cautious though. You should be wearing a money-belt or something like that under your clothes. You could carry a cheap fake wallet...
by RealityCzech
Thu Apr 06, 1:16 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Just returned yesterday... here are most of my photos
Replies: 25
Views: 3752

Chiron, I saw that you had made a photo of one of the many Ladybugs in the sidewalks here and were wondering what that means: The last years in the Netherlands, there have been many shocking attacks carried out against ordinary people who have for example been reacting to a thug throwing bikes into ...
by RealityCzech
Sun Mar 05, 9:40 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: some pictures
Replies: 18
Views: 3017

wall

That wall forms the present entrance leading to the Amsterdam Historical Museum. The buildings were once the city orphanage. Click on English and you'll see:

http://www.ahm.nl/weeshuis.php
by RealityCzech
Wed Sep 07, 12:10 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: August in Amsterdam
Replies: 15
Views: 3348

Tourist market on the Singel

BTW, the so called bloemenmarket is one of the worst places to buy bulbs. There have been frequent "raids" on the bulbs being sold there to often unsuspecting tourists. That market has a few legitimate sellers left but its now mostly tourist shlock. Because the market has become more of a tourist tr...

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