Ryan & Esther's Wedding Celebration

Amsterdam Travel Blog

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While Amsterdam is mostly known for the infamous Redlight District, the city has much more to offer. This bustling European metropolis is rich in culture from the Anne Frank Huis (house), to the Rembrandt and Van Gogh museums. The beautiful architecture along with the city’s never-ending canals makes for pleasant walks around town though the locals typically opt for the electric tram or their bicycles. Though the Redlight District is certainly an eye opening experience the many coffee shops, pubs, and Heineken experience offer many fun options that are not X-rated.

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.
Dam Square
To see the conditions and the small size of the rooms occupied by the two families as well as Anne Frank’s actual diary was remarkable.

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.
There is not much to the Redlight district other than a few streets lined with coffee shops, porn stores, and of course unfortunate women sitting in windows wearing nothing but their underwear trying to make it through their shift. Creepy.

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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Dam Square
Dam Square
Anne Frank Memorial
Anne Frank Memorial
Marken
Marken
Marken
Marken
Lunch in Marken with Mother Theres…
Lunch in Marken with Mother There…
Marken
Marken
the newly expanded Sharpe family
the newly expanded Sharpe family
The Best Man and the Groom
The Best Man and the Groom
Boat cruise wedding reception
Boat cruise wedding reception
Boat Cruise - wedding reception
Boat Cruise - wedding reception
boat cruise wedding reception
boat cruise wedding reception
from the boat
from the boat
Ryan & I - Red Light District
Ryan & I - Red Light District
Camile & I
Camile & I
Ryan & I
Ryan & I
Ryan, Esther & I
Ryan, Esther & I
public urinal - Red Light District
public urinal - Red Light District
Hotel Oranjeoord -Appledorn
Hotel Oranjeoord -Appledorn
Esther, Mr. Rick and Markeith - fa…
Esther, Mr. Rick and Markeith - f…
Mr. Rick and I - family dinner at …
Mr. Rick and I - family dinner at…
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