They make Heiny in Amsterdam
So after 3 days in Paris, we took the train from la Gare du Nord up to Amsterdam Centraal. It was a 3-hour train ride from Paris, and we had many stops along the way... Amsterdam is great for many reasons... one that I'm sure you can all figure out! But seriously, just walking on the canals and eating traditional dutch food was amazing. Watch out for the entertainers though: in Leidesplein we had this man in his early sixties preform a pole dancing/trapeze swinging act in a feathered g-string!!!
We stayed in a beautiful hotel (4 stars, we decided to take a break from dirty hostels!) in the Museum district next to Vondelpark called Roemer. This hotel is not for backpackers, though. It's quite expensive...
They show movies at night at Vonderlpark, but unfortunately we didn't have the chance to see any.
The places around the park are lovely, also around the Rijks museum, which is the national museum that houses millions of works of art. We didn't get the chance to see the Anne Frank house, either. The line up was endless! I've heard it's worth it though. Spielberg added an entire section to it as a memorial center, which is very modern. If you continue down Prinsengratch (the street of Anne Frank's house), you will stumble upon an AMAZING authentic cathedral. It was blue and red bulbs at the top of them. It was stunning! I suggest walking around Amsterdam, stop and see the swans or herons walking around the canals. They are known for their vegetarian restauraunts and indonesian food (think of the West Indies Trading Co., it was dutch after all!). I recommend shopping in the Jordaan district, which would be in the south/western canal rings. They have this great mexican restauraunt called "El Comandante", where they serve tapas.
We left after 3 days to explore Belgium.
Have fun in the land of the Dutch!