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Amsterdam: The Chimes of Westerkerk

Amsterdam: The Chimes of Westerkerk
The chimes of Westerkerk reverberate across Prinsengracht canal, then the sound ebbs away. This musical intermezzo makes me think of what Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 11th June 1942, when she and her family had been in hiding for only three days. Het Achterhuis or the Annex where the family spent almost two years was right behind Westerkerk. Father and mother can’t get used to the chiming of Westertoren clock, which tells us the time every quarter of an hour. Not me, I liked it from the start....
April 28th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day
Jonas Daniel Meijerplein (map) is a small gravelled triangle. Next to the Portuguese Synagogue on the square stands a bronze statue representing a docker. Jonas Daniel Meijerplein is the square where in 1941 in reprisal for killing a Dutch collaborator, 400 Jewish men were rounded up and put on transport to Mauthausen concentration camp. This deportation sparked off the februaristaking, February Strike, a protest against Nazi treatment of the Jews. The outlawed Dutch Communist Party together with...
April 26th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market

Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market
Buckets of fiery red tulips, mauve hyacinths and golden daffodils cluster the stalls. Sweet scents mingle and fill the passage. You will see tourists clutching maps and asking each other “is this it?” The answer is yes. They have found the floating flower market but were expecting something larger and grander. After reading recommendations in tourist brochures and guidebooks, the floating flower market can be a bit of a disappointment. To begin with, the market is only 300 metres long and you...
April 22nd, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Leidseplein: Popular Square Where Tourists Meet Locals

Leidseplein: Popular Square Where Tourists Meet Locals
Leidseplein buzzes with activity day and night. Sip chardonnay and savour bitterballen, bite-size deep-fried ragout filled balls. On chilly spring and autumn days wrap a fleece shawl around your shoulders and only the tip of your nose will get cold. In winter the square is almost abandoned. All activity shifted inside bars and cafes. Hop on tram 1, 2, 7, or 10 and get off at Leidseplein. Enjoy at least one lunch, dinner, cappuccino or Heineken in one of the restaurants, cafes or bars. Hundreds of...
March 10th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Amsterdam Photo: What Tourists Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Photo: What Tourists Do in Amsterdam
Whenever I spot the IAMSTERDAM logo, I cannot ignore it. I always take photos of this Amsterdam icon. I am not the only one. Passing tourists nudge each other and clamber up, on and around the giant red and white letters. IAMSTERDAM is a two-metre tall (6.5 ft) and twenty-four-metre(26 yards)long wall of letters. Its permanent location is at Museumplein (map), opposite the Rijksmuseum. A second set pops up in unexpected places. Yesterday I stumbled upon IAMSTERDAM at Nieuwmarkt. (map) photo credits:...
March 8th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Medieval Amsterdam

Medieval Amsterdam
Amsterdam was founded in 1306, or to be more precise that is the year city rights were granted. Few buildings from this period remain because in 1421 fire destroyed two-thirds of the city. When in 1452 another blaze swept through the city, legislation was passed banning the use of wood as building material. MEDIEVAL WOODEN HOUSES Two wooden houses survived until today. The oldest dates back to 1420, and is at number 34 Begijnhof. The other one at number 1 Zeedijk, In ‘t Aepje. Wooden House at Begijnhof Begijnhof...
February 28th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Golden Bend: Where Wealthy Amsterdammers Lived

Golden Bend: Where Wealthy Amsterdammers Lived
Amsterdam’s most coveted canal houses are the mansions clustered around the Gouden Bocht – the Golden Bend. This curve of Herengracht between Spiegelstraat and Vijzelstraat is the stretch where in the 17th century wealthy merchants built their lavish homes. Late 16th and early 17th century Amsterdam prospered and an ever increasing number of people settled in the city. To solve the housing shortage, Amsterdam embarked on the canal belt project. Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht were...
January 30th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
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