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Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 18th 2021

Good morning Amsterdam Mark started the tour this morning overlooking the National Maritime Museum and the Nemo Science Museum before hopping onto his little electric bike and making his way to the centre, as he cycled we passed houseboats and a beautiful building The Shipping House, richly decorated with sculptures and wrought iron, which refer to the history of shipping in Holland. Symbols include seahorses, dolphins, waves and anchors. The entrance sculptures depicted the four oceans (the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean). As Mark quietly glided alongside the canals there were plenty of opportunities for capturing the reflections in the water. Arriving in the Red Light District it was the 3D Print steel Bridge that was so unusual to see in such a setting against the ancient backdrop of houses and ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 5th 2021

As agreed upon, we slept in to take the later flight back to Amsterdam. My body had other plans. It was up ready to go by 7 per usual. I did my best to stay quiet and let Alex sleep. By 8am, I realized this muddy be what my dog feels like when she wakes up at 5:30 or 6 and I don't get out of bed until 6:40. I lost my patience at 8 so got up to get ready and pack for the day. Of course that woke Alex up, so we for to go down for breakfast earlier than planned. Part of the reason that I was okay pushing back the flight was my excitement to eat breakfast at the hotel again. There were some options that I was not hungry enough to ... read more
De Haven van Texel for lunch
Original  Pancakes's Poffertjies
Late dinner at New King Traditional Mandarin restaurant

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam June 16th 2021

Amsterdam has a vast array of water canals over 100km in length, around 60 miles. These 165 canals divide the city into a series of small islands connected by over 1200 bridges, with the oldest completed in 1648; the Torensluis. The majority of canals can be accessed by private boats, group tours, or rental boats with many moored on the canal edges next to houseboats. The city’s bridges were built to withstand horse and cart weight of the time, which have since been affected by the trucks and small amount of cars that pass through the canal ring. Complex maintenance work is underway to strengthen certain canal walls and bridges throughout the city. During the 17th century Amsterdam experienced a massive economic boom, which led to the creation of its concentric canal belt. Four massive ditches ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam June 7th 2021

When was the last time you stayed in a youth hostel, or even a senior hostel? On my last trip to Dublin about 5 years ago, I stayed in a hostel. While I had a private room and bath, most of the rooms consisted of numerous bunks, crazy loud music, and the smell of a certain weed. Breakfast was a rather haphazard affair, with guests grabbing food, and plopping down anywhere in the dining area and lobby. I was shocked, upon seeing each day's guests waiting for the bus outside. I would say the average age was definitely over 30!! But the place was clean, and safe, with a great location, walking distance to the Templebar area. Prior to that, Mike and I stayed in some rather spartan hotels and motels on our journey through Chile. ... read more
Hostel bunks

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam June 6th 2021

The 17th-century Amsterdam canals are a world renowned location of cultural and historical significance with a rich history spanning 400 years of development, expansion, innovation and engineering. Amsterdam has a vast array of water canals over 100km in length, around 60 miles. These 165 canals divide the city into a series of small islands connected by over 1200 bridges, with the oldest completed in 1648; the Torensluis. The majority of canals can be accessed by private boats, group tours, or rental boats with many moored on the canal edges next to houseboats. The city’s bridges were built to withstand horse and cart weight of the time, which have since been affected by the trucks and small amount of cars that pass through the canal ring. Complex maintenance work is underway to strengthen certain canal walls and ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam May 7th 2021

April/May- Tulips in Amsterdam Every year millions of tulips are blooming in and around Amsterdam. The tulip season in Holland marks the beginning of spring. The colorful flowers and the rising temperatures make many people from all over the world happy but this year with covid travel restrictions virtually viewing these beautiful field# was the only way to enjoy them. Stephan was the guide and his camera skills to ensure that we see close up to all the different varieties was wonderful. His knowledge about the tulip cultivation was really interesting to listen to as we tip toed through the tulips. The Dutch have cultivated an almost unrivalled amounts of flowers for centuries and currently produce around three billion tulips bulbs every year. These flowers were introduced to the Netherlands during the mid-16th century and gradually ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam March 31st 2021

31st March - Cherry Blossom Trees at the Kersenbloesempark #heygo http://www.heygo.com We were in Amsterdam Forest. The construction work started in 1934. As this was the time of economical crisis, many unemployed worked on this immense project moving manually enormous amounts of ground from the canal boats, trains and around the space using small wagons and temporary rail tracks. All together around 50 000 people worked on the project. The enthusiasm was enormous. Often clerks from the municipality, whose pay has not been very high at the time, worked at the park. During the war the works slowed down. Germans took some parts of the park for their military installations. The antiaircraft guns were put there to protect nearby Schiphol from the attacks by the Allies. The adjoining areas of Amsterdamse Bos were declared as unsafe ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam March 6th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 6th March - Local Market & Windmill Brewery Amsterdam Dapper Market. At the beginning of the 20th century, the bustle on the street of the Dapperbuurt increased. Hawkers, in particular, determined the street scene and overran each other trying to sell their wares. This even led to fights to get the best spots with more customer traffic. The hawkers also hindered traffic with their carts and the municipality didn’t like that. In 1910, the Dapperstraat was officially designated by the municipality of Amsterdam as a market street. The Dappermarkt draws visitors from the all over the Netherlands. There are many products of interest to the city's residents Surinamese, Antillean, Turkish & Moroccan origin, giving the market and the surrounding neighbourhood a strong multicultural feel. Open 6 days a week but dur... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam February 13th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 13th February - Amsterdam It doesn’t happen very often – in the past decade, the Amsterdam canals have frozen only twice, in 2012 and 2018 – so when it does, locals and visitors alike venture out onto the ice in full force to experience something truly unique. Every winter, as soon as the temperatures drop below freezing, excitement about the prospect of skating on natural ice builds, today our tour guide was hoping to take us skating along one of the canals but sadly it was deemed unsafe! So we took a strong along the canals instead, it was quite busy on a Saturday afternoon but still very enjoyable in the winter sunshine. There are around 2,500 houseboats in Amsterdam, many of which are moored in the city centre The original houseboats are charmingly restored ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam February 10th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 9th February - Trading on Tolerance - Amsterdam Amsterdam has famously tolerated prostitution (Red Light District), Catholics (Hidden Churches) and cannabis (Coffeeshops) when all those things were illegal. Mark, our guide today explained and charted the history of these 'tolerances' through to the present day. The Dutch concept of tolerance dates back to the end of the Eighty Years’ War, after William of Orange, had just been crowned King and as a Protestant monarch decided to let the Catholic minority have the freedom to practice their faith as they saw fit. This was really a big deal and it would never have happened in countries like France, England, Rome or majority of the Italian City-States at that time. This not only laid a foundation for tolerance in the Netherlands, it planted the seeds that would ... read more
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