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Amsterdam Travel Blog

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So we finally made it!  JFK to  Frankfurt (where we saw that guy from the NBC show Las Vegas, no not Jimmy Caan, the younger guy, whatever his name is) and then on to Amsterdam.  All the rumors are true, this city rocks!  The number of bicycles outnumber the people and everyone, I mean everyone, is friendly.  The whole language barrier thing has only been an issue with other tourists that we have met as our German is not so good just yet.  The Dutch themselves all speak English very well.  So much cool stuff to do here.  Yesterday in a nutshell went like this: search around for an unmarked door that leads to a quiet square with the English Reformed Church in it (thanks Mike!) then go to a bar for some genever and Heniken Extra Cold.
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  What is genever?  It's a kind of gin that is made up here in The Netherlands.  Really, really smooth stuff.  Very tastey.  Next on to Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace and cool touristy/chill out kinda place then go to a bar.  Then another bar.  Then we successfully scouted out the smallest house in all of Europe (it's about 2 meters wide).  Our whole day was planned around starting at one point, diverting whenever we felt like it, and ending up at this mini-house thing.  Like the saying goes, it's the journey not the destination.  Very fitting in this case.  The best parts of the day were walking down random alleys (not at all like alleys in US cities, these are safe secure and generally nice) and finding a pub where we didn't expect it or a cool shop.
Wynand Fockink
  Once we got to the mini-house we were like, "Oh.  I guess it's small... so what do we do now?"  What now?  Simple answer, we go to Wynand Fockink! 

A small distillery nestled in a small alleyway just off of Dam Square, this place was just plain cool.  No music, no tvs, nothing except a small bar with people conversing and drinking down various fortified wines.  I mean, we walk in, I tell the barkeep that I absolutely must try some fortified wine or forever be ostracized by my cousin Justine, and he tells us about all the different flavors that they make, 12 in all, and puts out a sample of each of them for us.  Fortified wine appears to be a brandywine.  I also told him that I am a big fan of Wynand Fockink's oude genever so he poured me a glass of that as well.
  The pictures will hopefully do WF justice better than my description in my current groggy state.

We went out last night to watch the Euro Cup match between Germany and Portugal and ended up watching it in some random bar with a bunch of Germans in town for a quick holiday.  We taught them some English and they taught us some German.  I still don't know what the hell I said but I assume they were pretty bad swears because people laughed their asses off every time I said it to them.  From there the night gets hazy... good times were had... maybe someone else remembers it better than me... I think genever is my new booze of choice.

- Jon
espydiva says:
Hey Babe!! I'm glad you're having adventures and not missing the city too much. lol :) Miss you!!
Posted on: Jun 23, 2008
bethmiller says:
Doubt they have Genever at Paddy's, you might have to resort back to "Makers" :)
Posted on: Jun 23, 2008
zunaira1016 says:
lovin the pix :)
Posted on: Jun 23, 2008
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Wynand Fockink
Wynand Fockink
Airport in Frankfurt
Airport in Frankfurt
Luftansa Air, our flight to Amster…
Luftansa Air, our flight to Amste…
Centraal Station, Amsterdam, NL
Centraal Station, Amsterdam, NL
This is just some random painting …
This is just some random painting…
Bicycle parking garage
Bicycle parking garage
yep, all bikes
yep, all bikes
Typical bridge in Amsterdam, cover…
Typical bridge in Amsterdam, cove…
Biggest Jager sign ever
Biggest Jager sign ever
Dam Square
Dam Square
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Juggler street performer.  He heck…
Juggler street performer. He hec…
Garrett is a very serious man.
Garrett is a very serious man.
Dutch master painters.  These thin…
Dutch master painters. These thi…
Gregs severe underbite.
Greg's severe underbite.
Random bar we went to during the d…
Random bar we went to during the …
People love JFK.
People love JFK.
Heineken Extra Cold
Heineken Extra Cold
That tap is fully encased in ice, …
That tap is fully encased in ice,…
Extra Cold, yep thats all ice
Extra Cold, yep that's all ice
More pics of Royal Palace
More pics of Royal Palace
Greg took issues with these signs.
Greg took issues with these signs.
Smallest man in the world standing…
Smallest man in the world standin…
The blue house is the smallest hou…
The blue house is the smallest ho…
Check out the Amsterdam ducks, all…
Check out the Amsterdam ducks, al…
She loves her herring
She loves her herring
Binky!
Binky!
Wynand Fockink
Wynand Fockink
Some other bar... not sure the nam…
Some other bar... not sure the na…
German girls
German girls
Garrett does not actually realize …
Garrett does not actually realize…
Is it a hat or a drum?
Is it a hat or a drum?
Its both!
It's both!
NL soccer fans wear these during t…
NL soccer fans wear these during …
Gregs true love
Greg's true love
Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House
Leidseplien - great bar scene in A…
Leidseplien - great bar scene in …
Some building at Leidseplein. I am…
Some building at Leidseplein. I a…
Outdoor urinals, yep them Dutch ar…
Outdoor urinals, yep them Dutch a…
When I say outdoor urinals, I mean…
When I say outdoor urinals, I mea…
The best tasting crack on the plan…
The best tasting crack on the pla…
Why are there cows in trees you as…
Why are there cows in trees you a…
The Turks know how to party.
The Turks know how to party.
Reminds me of UConn 04.
Reminds me of UConn '04.
Random bar
Random bar
Moses, whats that behind you?
Moses, what's that behind you?
The oldest band in Amsterdam... st…
The oldest band in Amsterdam... s…
Truer words have never been spoken.
Truer words have never been spoken.
Garrett says this picture has 3 ni…
Garrett says this picture has 3 n…
Friends Hillary and Peter whom we …
Friends Hillary and Peter whom we…
Amsterdam speaks Dutch but their C…
Amsterdam speaks Dutch but their …
Central Station
Central Station
A bike garage.
A bike garage.
Look at the beak on this thing.
Look at the beak on this thing.
Amsterdam
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