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by DrTak
Sat Feb 09, 3:49 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Prague in September 2007
Replies: 16
Views: 2281

Nice report. I must get to Prague someday soon.

If not for weed and coffeeshops, I probably already would have.
by DrTak
Sun Jan 27, 4:38 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: 48 hrs Amsterdamaged
Replies: 20
Views: 4102

Great Trip report.

Wish I lived 1hr 45min away from 'Dam.

Of course, the ice and snow part is a bit of a turnoff.

The first daffodil of the season bloomed today in my garden. Spring is in the air!

Two months till my annual pilgrimage to the Keukenhof.
by DrTak
Wed Dec 19, 7:43 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Best hotel for a smoker
Replies: 73
Views: 11787

Swissotel has a vigorously enforced no marijuana smoking policy.
by DrTak
Wed Nov 14, 3:39 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Just got back Nov. 2
Replies: 24
Views: 2649

Too bad it was a largely dysphoric experience for you. Oh well -- different strokes and all that. There certainly are places that plenty of people love to vacation that I personally despise (anything Disney, Hawaii and Las Vegas come to mind). However, I have friends who enjoy such things, and I re...
by DrTak
Tue Nov 13, 5:34 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Halloween Week (long)
Replies: 18
Views: 2839

Halloween Week (long)

Well, I finally have a little time to relate a few observations and experiences from my recent visit at the end of October. I stayed at one of the Amsterdam Escape apartments –“suite�. It was pretty nicely equipped, including pipes, papers and a small amount of weed to get started. The jukebox...
by DrTak
Sat Nov 10, 11:24 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Just got back Nov. 2
Replies: 24
Views: 2649

Too bad it was a largely dysphoric experience for you. Oh well -- different strokes and all that. There certainly are places that plenty of people love to vacation that I personally despise (anything Disney, Hawaii and Las Vegas come to mind). However, I have friends who enjoy such things, and I rea...
by DrTak
Fri Mar 23, 5:53 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: It's good to be home.... ???
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

What a friggin' bummer. Whenever I have been ripped off, (I have had a couple of experiences) I have a fantasy for weeks that I am home when they return -- exercising my second amendment rights with my german shepherd along side me and all that. I guess it's like my accountant told me twenty years a...
by DrTak
Mon Mar 12, 11:35 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: March 3-10
Replies: 4
Views: 1062

March 3-10

I am never very good at these trip reports, as I tend to slack off in my posting right after I come back, but I had an excellent trip and just thought I would share some thoughts. Flew Martinair from Orlando. Flight was delayed by an hour and a half, but I was able to upgrade to star class for $300 ...
by DrTak
Tue Jun 07, 4:17 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Day Five: Naked Dutch Babe Day
Replies: 15
Views: 3092

I have to second the votes on Paris sucking. I expected to go there, find the stories of rudeness, high prices, crowding, etc. to be hyperbole, but I came home disliking the French even more than I thought possible. To be fair, certain things like the Louvre and the pastries are simply wonderful -- ...
by DrTak
Mon Jun 14, 12:54 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: My typical trip to Mokum
Replies: 28
Views: 3923

Nice writings, nice photos.

Cool idea on the hotel or B&B. Good luck.

Check fuel level before flying.
by DrTak
Sat May 15, 6:55 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report April'04 Part I; Keukenhof photos
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Thanks for the responses. Bo – I have a Minolta Dimage 5 Megapixel camera. It has a macro setting that I used for the close up flower shots. By “out of the way” the apartment was at 35 Rapenburg or something. If you find it on the map, you can see that there about three ways to get to shopping, dini...
by DrTak
Sat May 15, 6:52 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: April '04 Koln etc. Part II
Replies: 1
Views: 420

April '04 Koln etc. Part II

Except for the little inspector incident, which I guess happened on a Tuesday, I pretty much left off Sunday night with my last account. We got up to a partly cloudy and warmer day on Monday at about 7 AM. I made some omelets. Two things I notice about European eggs: 1. they keep them at room temper...
by DrTak
Fri May 14, 5:19 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report April'04 Part I; Keukenhof photos
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Trip Report April'04 Part I; Keukenhof photos

Okay, I’ve been back for three weeks. My head is above water with my work, my garden is weeded, and the bills are paid. Time to make good on my promise of a trip report before the details fade. First of all, let me state that our week was simply great. The weather cooperated 6 out of 7 days, and it ...
by DrTak
Sat May 08, 3:05 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Coming back through customs - the SDShadow nitemare
Replies: 27
Views: 3569

Even in "progressive" California, people live in fear of Big Brother. I include Corporate America with its intrusions as well -- such as suing people beacuse their kid ran KAzaa on their computer. So sad to be see our freedoms eroded. But as a lover of freedom, I am happy for Da' and all his Russian...
by DrTak
Thu May 06, 12:37 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Coming back through customs - the SDShadow nitemare
Replies: 27
Views: 3569

My wife and I discussed this very issue after our last trip. While neither of us got hassled, the dog smelling us as we waited single file in the jetway sure is a helluva way to be welcomed back to the land of the brave and the home of the free. The U.S. has the great heritage of ideas about natural...
by DrTak
Wed Apr 14, 9:15 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Not a trip report, yet.
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Thanks for all the positive feedback. I thought I'd get flamed by "Guests".

48 hours and counting!
by DrTak
Fri Apr 02, 8:45 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Not a trip report, yet.
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Not a trip report, yet.

Two weeks away from Amsterdam touchdown! My last brief trip resulted in such fun in posting a tiny bit of a trip report that I am thoroughly dedicated to doing justice to this trip. I know others have shared very personal stories on this board, but I generally have not. Nevertheless, I cannot help b...
by DrTak
Tue Feb 17, 1:57 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: pictures from my trip this summer
Replies: 9
Views: 1442

Having never been to Amsterdam in the summer (despite 11 trips!) I loved the pictures of full leaf trees, people in shirtsleeves, etc.

I can feel warm looking at them, something very rarely associated with Amsterdam for me!
by DrTak
Mon Feb 09, 3:45 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: 40 hours in the Dam (cont'd)
Replies: 8
Views: 1101

It was like in the 300+ block of the Herengracht -- east side. There was a male and female masseuse. I don't know that a male masseuse would have been my ticket -- but not to worry, it seemed like he was serving the female customers. No -- no extras; the masseuse was ugly as sin, so thank God. Nice ...
by DrTak
Sun Feb 08, 8:45 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: 40 hours in the Dam (cont'd)
Replies: 8
Views: 1101

40 hours in the Dam (cont'd)

The walk down the Dam was pleasant – just being back in the City made me feel happy – I always feel like my soul belongs to this city, an island of crazed sanity in an ocean of insane reality. My luggage was only a small carry on, so no bump bump bump of suitcase wheels over cobblestones. It feels l...
by DrTak
Fri Feb 06, 7:45 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Brief Trip report -- Train ride to Amsterdam
Replies: 1
Views: 548

Brief Trip report -- Train ride to Amsterdam

Well, back from my little European jaunt, including about 40 hours in Amsterdam. With some of the questions here about Thalys service, thought I'd share my train trip. Took Thalys train from Gar du Nord in Paris to Amsterdam. The train station in Paris is not the place to spend any time. (Far worse ...
by DrTak
Sun Jan 25, 2:03 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: link to pics jan 2004 trip
Replies: 14
Views: 1709

Great pix, Patrick -- thanks for sharing. The night shots with the lights are very nice. I personally always enjoy walking through the Jordaan, and I sometimes have very vivid dreams that I am walking there -- the drawbridge you photographed is often in these dreams -- perhaps I'll have one tonight....
by DrTak
Fri Jan 23, 5:25 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: D.F.A. Day 4 - Picture Perfect
Replies: 23
Views: 2511

Cool avatar, Lazystones
by DrTak
Wed Jan 21, 2:15 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: D.F.A. Day 4 - Picture Perfect
Replies: 23
Views: 2511

BO -- I bet your photos are from a bit later -- (mine are from the last week in March) -- I see lusher blooms and more green than I have seen.

I am hoping that the 3rd week in April gets me there near peak this year.

BTW, my daffodils have broken through the ground here at home!
by DrTak
Tue Jan 20, 11:14 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: D.F.A. Day 4 - Picture Perfect
Replies: 23
Views: 2511

I second that about your photos - very very very nice!

I will try a few things to get a trip report going next time.

Meantime, I posted a few Keukenhof photos on Yahoo -- the link is:

http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/doc_ta ... of&.src=ph
by DrTak
Tue Jan 20, 11:09 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Keukenho Photos
Replies: 3
Views: 694

Keukenho Photos

Well, as I mentioned elsewhere, never have been any damn good at trip reports, but as I begin to fantasize about the Keukenhof in April, I realized that I could share a few of my Keukenhof pix from last year. I'm no expert on photo sharing, but I think this link should work: http://f2.pg.photos.yaho...
by DrTak
Tue Jan 20, 8:52 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: D.F.A. Day 4 - Picture Perfect
Replies: 23
Views: 2511

Wonderful trip report and observations. Yes, work is work -- but without it you are Elvis trying to mooch a free trip. I'd love to attempt a trip report after even my brief (2 day) upcoming trip -- and certainly in April. I have written and published (for money even!) my writing, but have never mana...
by DrTak
Sat Jan 17, 4:21 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: channelite meeting, heavy smoking, hash hot chocolate
Replies: 15
Views: 3807

After such an outing, part of my brain feels like it's missing for a few days.

Hmmm. Maybe it is.
by DrTak
Fri Jan 16, 7:03 pm
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: Day 1 in D.F.A. (Disneyland For Adults)
Replies: 20
Views: 2290

Great post, Stems. I am counting down a couple of weeks to a short trip, and a couple of months to a longer one. Your trip reports are so excellent -- I have never tried my hand at one, mainly because I have real trouble remembering details from DFA. You must walk and smoke constantly -- I thought I...
by DrTak
Sat Nov 01, 12:13 am
Forum: Channelites Trip Reports
Topic: What I am smoking Pt II
Replies: 13
Views: 2358

Hope that what happens is for the best, Trek, -- not that it ever is clear, to anyone. Life is a series of mid course collisions. Nice meeting you, Stems, Trekkin. Have to say I enjoyed sharing the few dozen bowls of Rokerij Xmas Polm etc. with you guys. I generally go 1st week in April, or as close...

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