Today (from what all the locals have told me) is a great day for a boat ride. In Amsterdam, there are many canals all throughout the streets. There are boats for rent, where you and your friends can grab some wine and a picnic basket and just ride around town. It’s a great way to achieve a tan without the beach.
There are many canal boat tours. You can see Amsterdam in its entirety in an hour. If you are planning to stay in Amsterdam for a day, I suggest buying the all day pass (23£, roughly $26). This day pass is what tour companies called, “hop on, hop off”. Basically, you have the freedom of hopping on or off on specifically stops all throughout Amsterdam.
On the Holland Canal boat tours, there are three lines, a green, red, and blue. Blue is the longest line and the green is the shortest and most popular line. The green line has all the main attractions like the Anne Frank House, RijksMuseum, Rembrandt house, etc.
Here is a picture of the Anne Frank House. I’ve haven’t been there yet, but the building from the outside looks new and modern. The long line is common. A local suggest that I buy my ticket online and either get there early or two hours before closing. Those are the best way to avoid that line. Honestly, I wait in a lot of lines in my normal life. I don’t want to stand in lines while on vacation.
*sigh* Red light district. Photos are prohibited. Okay, it’s actually red. The road and most lights are red, which is how it got its namesake, I imagine. Lots of (shockingly) pretty girls behind a huge store front window with a mini bikini on. Some girls are sitting, where others are just dancing. Nothing hardcore, well, nothing I’ve never seen before. The grosses thing about the red light district (and it’s not the girls) is the public urinal. It’s literally a steal box that covers your chest and butt area and you just pee on the ground like a dog. It’s rather gross when you are stand nearby it, but when you gotta go, you gotta go.
Finishing up my post on the Heineken experience. This one time functional brewery turned glorified bar is fun if you are under the age of 23. Back in the day, the experience used to be all you can drink, now you pay for the beers you drink. What’s the fun in that??? Anyway, I passed on the experience, but it’s something to see.
I’m off. Thanks Amsterdam for the memories. Next stop, Frankfurt, Germany. Stay tuned for more wanderlust adventures.