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    *Fancy*
    Fri Aug 05, 2005 4:52 pm
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    Sorry about the non-food related question, but can someone recommend shopping places to visit in Hamburg or Amsterdam?? (Places to buy items that are popular to the area (ie...wooden clogs, etc...)) I know some places charge way more than others....Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Fancy icon_smile.gif
    Pets'R'us
    Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:17 pm
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    Hi Fancy..I can not recommend a certain shop or place in Amsterdam simply because you will find many shops there who will sell the items you are asking about...

    Are you going there for a visit soon???
    *Fancy*
    Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:01 pm
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    Pets'R'us wrote:
    Hi Fancy..I can not recommend a certain shop or place in Amsterdam simply because you will find many shops there who will sell the items you are asking about...

    Are you going there for a visit soon???


    Yep...my Dad & I are taking a trip together since my Mom won't set foot on a plane. We're visiting the following cities...London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Fagrenes & Bergen. We'll be on vacation from Aug 25th - Sept 8th!

    Hey Pets'R'us...any recommedations on items that I shouldn't pass up on possibly purchasing??
    Pets'R'us
    Sat Aug 06, 2005 2:33 am
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    Let me think about it Fancy....

    I would have to think like;
    What would I buy myself if I were to visit Holland to take back as a souvenir.....hmmm icon_confused.gif

    Can think of only thing at the moment...cheese slicer!
    You will find lots of Dutch stuff, lots of the blue and white, in the souvenir shops in Amsterdam

    Maybe Carla and PanNan will have some suggestions for you too..
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    - Carla -
    Sat Aug 06, 2005 7:12 am
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    Here is my expirence bringing people through Amsterdam.

    There are a few places where you can get really good "quality" tourist items.

    I do not remember the store names but I can give you exact and easy directions. icon_smile.gif

    From the train station in Amsterdam there is one main strip (Damrak) leading to Madam Tussauds/Queens Palace & the Church. Walk along that strip and when you get to Madam Tussaud's - over to the left(Damstraat) is a Diamond Shop. Three or four doors down from that you will see on the corner a GIANT wooden shoe - most people hop in it to make the standard Amsterdam tourist photo. It is in front of a very nice tourist shop where they make wooden clogs upstairs. It is a bit expensive, but very nice and good quality.

    For a nice lunch on the water I would recommend Café De Jaren. They have great food and excellent prices!



    Café de Jaren - Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22 - 1012 CP, Amsterdam - Tel (020) 62 55 771
    Cafe Hours: 10.00-23.00 and Friday/Saturday until 24.00
    Restaurant open at 17.30

    To get there you must walk back toward Madam Tussaud's. Turn left onto Rokin (it is the extension of the main strip Damrak) you will have to walk a good 5 to 8 minutes and then you will see (I think) the Amstel Hotel on your left just over the canal - walk in that direction and shortly on your right you will see De Jaren. If it is a nice day, walk inside and to your left out the back, there you can sit outside by the canal.

    "With an Italian flare, plenty of open seating and choice eating, De Jaren makes for a great choice in any situation. If you desire to relax and read a paper, sit on the terrace and overlook the Amstel, or meet someone to begin a lovely night on the town, you can certainly be satisfied here. They even take group reservations for up to 35 for lunch or dinner and up to 100 for a simple drink party.

    Surprisingly one does not have to pay anything more than expected in order to enjoy a lovely lunch experience here. Their tomato soup and broodjes seem to have a good reputation around town. The ‘Borrel hapjes’ or snacks that accompany your drink come at a slightly higher price, as well as the international choices served for dinner. However this is expected, since it is just set off of the tourist-filled Rokin street."

    Due to its prime location De Jaren is quite the connection point. The Muntplein and Rembrandtplein are just on the other side of the river. The Waterlooplein is a few minutes from the side and the Dam Square is right up the road. It also allows you to be near to the city’s public transportation.





    - Carla -
    Sat Aug 06, 2005 7:41 am
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    PS - there is also a giant mall behind the Palace called The Magna Plaza - you can also do some shopping there - but not really for touristy things.

    Best of luck to you and have a good time while your here icon_smile.gif
    PanNan
    Sat Aug 06, 2005 8:18 am
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    Hi Fancy. I can't recommend a particular place, because I don't usually shop in Amsterdam when I visit Holland, but they have soooooo many shops, you won't have any problem finding what you want. Carla's suggestions sound good. The mall might be cheaper, too.

    Of course what you buy depends so much on your own taste - but I can share what I have bought and enjoy, and shop for on my visits.

    In the souvenir shops I love Delfts blue pottery (as you can see in this photo)

    I also have a collection of the small coffee spoons with different Dutch designs on each, and a decorated rack to hang them on.
    I love the old miniature Amsterdam canal houses made from pottery, and I collect them - there's a row of them on my mantle, like a row of houses - really cute.
    I also love the copperware - I have some copper pots for plants, a tea kettle, and some decorated copper plates to hang on the wall.
    I also never miss a visit to the housewares store when I'm in Holland. I love the Dutch cheese slicers, and there is something called a "flessenlikker" - it's kind of like a small rubber spatula, set crosswise (like a T), at the end of a long handle. I've never seen it in the states. It's so handy for reaching into a narrow bottle of salad dressing, or ketchup, and getting the last bit that sticks to the sides of the bottle that you would otherwise waste, and throw away with the bottle. I also like to buy a few yards of oilcloth for my kitchen table. They sell it on large wide rolls and they cut what you need - there are usually lots of cool designs.
    They also have lovely tablecloths in nice quality fabrics. I always pick up a new piece of cookware - heavy enamel coated iron like Le Creuset, but much cheaper (despite protests from my DH who has to lug that suitcase!). I can't remember the name of that cookware right now, but I'll edit later to add.

    When I can spend a little more: I adore old Dutch paintings (or good quality copies). These can be expensive if you are in the main tourist areas of Amsterdam, though. I also like to browse antique stores to find old Dutch things.

    I always take some Dutch chocolate home (Verkade), and a candy called Haagse Hopjes - kind of a creamy coffee flavored candy. I love salty licorice, so I buy that, too.

    I wish I could remember the name of the place - it was near the Amsterdam train station - where we had coffee and pastries for a mid morning treat. Soo yummy.

    My husband collects beersteins and pewter ware, but we usually buy those in Germany.

    Hope this helps to give you some ideas.
    *Fancy*
    Sat Aug 06, 2005 10:28 am
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    Thank you thank you thank you Pets'R'us, Carla & PanNan...I don't think you realize how helpful your suggestions are. Thanks again.....Fancy
    Expat in Holland
    Sat Aug 06, 2005 4:09 pm
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    Fancy,

    Another couple of lovely suggestions, would be to visit De Kroon. It is on Rembrandtsplein. Next door to the 3 Sisters. You must enter into the building then go up the spiral stair case two floors. It is a lovely bar/restaurant. High ceilings and lovely old decor. It has an over hanging atrium on the second floor overlooking the Splein where you can have a cup of coffee or a drink looking over the garden, and the street below. Lovely place.

    http://www.iens.nl/restaurantsVan/Amsterdam/restaurant.htms?r=1277

    The hotel I think Carla was speaking of (Cafe D Jaren) is the Hotel D Europe. It will be a big stately beautiful hotel on the left side of Rokin. If you go across the street of Rokin and over the bridge and the hotel will be immediately on the rightside. Just walk down that street a little ways and the Cafe will be on your right side. Lovely place to sit outside on the canal on a lovely day. One of my favorites.

    Lastly another place I enjoy sitting for a lunch, or coffee is the American Hotel across the street from Leidensplein. It is a lovely old building with beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. It has a nice restaurant on the ground floor overlooking Leidstraat and catty corner to Leidensplein. Lovely big windows to view all the goings on out side. Great service too. Nice place to just sit, relax and enjoy a beverage and see the goings on of the city. The food there is excellent as well.

    http://lists.bookings.nl/hotel/nl/american.html

    (click on photos, then on the thumbnail in the second
    row on the right, middle picture. That is the cafe)

    Hope these suggestions help.
    Wishing a fellow Minnesotan a wonderful visit to Amsterdam. It is a great city to walk around and visit.


    Last edited by Expat in Holland on Sun Aug 07, 2005 7:47 am, edited 1 time in total
    *Fancy*
    Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:16 pm
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    Expat in Holland wrote:
    Wishing a fellow Minnesotan a wonderful visit to Amsterdam.


    Thanks for looking out for a fellow Minnesotan, Expat! I'm getting excited about my trip....just hope the weather over there is as gorgeous as it's been in MN. (85° F today with a light breeze)!! Thanks again for your suggestions!

    icon_smile.gif Fancy (nancy)
    Expat in Holland
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:13 am
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    Nancy,

    The weather here has not been so nice this summer. Today it is partly cloudy, with some rain, and cooler (60F) temps and windy. It has been this way for about 4 days now. More like beginning of fall than summer. Like most of us hard core Minnesotans know, layers are really good to either remove or add when in this type of climate. It can change here in a heartbeat! I always suggest to friends when visiting to bring a rain coat, or light leather coat. It helps with the cooler night temps, the wind and rain. You can always buy a cheap umbrella in most tourist shops around the city for about 5 euros. That might be a wise purchase when you arrive if it is raining. I also advise a good closed toe shoe for walking around. (leather) A shoe, if raining , will keep your feet dry and not get wet (tennis shoes will get wet). Just some helpful hints.

    Another suggestion I always make to friends when they come to visit. One of the first things to do is to take one of the canal cruises. You will see alot of them in the canal in front of Central Station (train station). It is about 1 1/2 hours long, and gives such a great history of the city and the canals. Very interesting and it sets the scene for the rest of your visit walking around the city. Knowing the history, you observe so much more when walking around. Just a suggestion.


    I must tell you, that your trip sounds a bit like one I took about 4years ago. My mom had passed away a year before and I convinced my dad to take a trip with me, to perk up his spirits. I brought my father to Amsterdam to visit friends, on our way to visit family in Spain. It was also so dad could get to spend time and get to know my boyfriend. (now husband) We had a great visit here together, as I am sure will enjoy this trip with your dad as well. It is a great father/daughter time together.

    If you have any more questions, please email me. Would love to help in anyway I can.

    Have a great trip!

    Susan (expat)
    - Carla -
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 9:06 am
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    This has actually been the crudiest summer I've seen in 5 years - it is awful and is going to make for a very... very long winter!
    PanNan
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:22 am
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    Expat in Holland wrote:

    Another suggestion I always make to friends when they come to visit. One of the first things to do is to take one of the canal cruises. You will see alot of them in the canal in front of Central Station (train station). It is about 1 1/2 hours long, and gives such a great history of the city and the canals. Very interesting and it sets the scene for the rest of your visit walking around the city. Knowing the history, you observe so much more when walking around. Just a suggestion.


    I agree - the last time we were in Amsterdam we went on the canal cruise, and it was the best thing we did there!

    I talked to my Mom this morning, and she also complained of the weather. It's vacation time there, and so many people (including my sister's family) are camping now. It's a real wet mess. But, as mentioned above, the weather could change tomorrow - you never know.
    Expat in Holland
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:26 am
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    Carla,

    ....you said exactly what I had been thinking! I was just trying hard to phrase it in a nicer way. LOL
    It has been feast or famine this summer. Very hot and humid for a couple of days, then rain, wind and cool temps. Does not seem to have an inbetween this year.

    It certainly may be an interesting winter. Oddly, I miss the Minnesota winters alot and go back several times during fall and winter to get my fill. Yes it is cold, but the snow is so beautiful. I miss seeing that pretty white blanket covering everything...especially at Christmas with all the christmas lights on peoples houses.

    I must admit the prettiest time in Holland is spring. And the weather is so nice then. Perfect blend of sunshine, pleasant temps and hardly any rain. The the icing on the cake, is the beautiful flowers in bloom. Definitely my favorite season here.

    (P.S. your pictures of Cafe De Jaren were awesome! That is one of my favorite places to go and enjoy my time when in Amsterdam. It has such a nice mix of people in there)
    - Carla -
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:38 am
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    Expat in Holland wrote:
    Carla,

    P.S. your pictures of Cafe De Jaren were awesome! That is one of my favorite places to go and enjoy my time when in Amsterdam. It has such a nice mix of people in there


    True, we love de jaren.
    Generally whenever we go to Amsterdam it is to visit with our friends - it is always a great place and they make an awesome chicken & coconut soup!

    How long have you lived in Holland again?

    Hoe is het met je nederlands?
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