Ryan & Esther's Wedding Celebration
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October 7th, 2007 – by: greenfield914
Day 1 – The Anne Frank Huis.
Being able to climb the hidden staircase into the warehouse’s annex where eight people hid from the Nazis for over 2 years was a gripping experience.
Day 2 – The Heineken experience.
After spending the morning seeing some old fishing villages outside of Amsterdam, we headed back into the city to visit the Heineken Brouwery. Esther gave us the V.I.P. tour which was a blast. If you like beer as much as I do it was fun to see how the process works and the equipment used. Of course, it was also a lot of fun being able to take part in the free “sampling” of the beer as well. We may have stumbled out of the brewery but we sobered up once we made our way to the Redlight district. Though just about anything is legal in the district, everything is heavily regulated and there is a strong presence of police.
Day 3 – The Boat Cruise.
This wedding reception party for Ryan & Esther was a lot of fun. We had great food, music, an open bar and 50 of Esther’s best friends from Holland along for a two and half hour dinner cruise through the canals of Amsterdam. Thanks to a wait staff keeping my Heineken topped off I was ready to party like a Dutchman. We decided to end the night in European style dancing to techno at a disco club downtown. It was loud, smoky, hot, and very crowded but I had a great time regardless thanks to Esther’s friends being a lot of fun and of course the Heineken.
Day 4 – The Dinner Reception.
Esther’s parents hosted a small gathering for the extended family with enough food for twice as many people. After meeting Esther’s aunts and uncle we all proceeded to the Hotel Oranjeoord near the van Velze’s house in Apeldoorn. This beautiful hotel which was once a hunting lodge for the royal family is now a modernized inn with a scenic surrounding. Again, the food was wonderful and the Heineken plentiful.
Day 5 – Final Site Seeing.
With no more receptions, parties, or tours to go on we decided to stroll around town to see the city with no specific destination. After visiting the main squares around town and grabbing dinner we went back to Esther’s apartment to pack and get prepared for the long trip home.
While this trip to Amsterdam was packed with fun activities, great people, and plenty of site seeing, I would love to visit Amsterdam again even if to just ride a bike through the streets and enjoy a frosty Heineken on the terrace of a pub downtown.
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