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Museums
Rijks Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Dutch Resistance
FOAM Photography
Botanic Garden
Historical Museum
Jewish Historical Museum
Netherlands Maritime
The Old Church
Press Museum

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Contacts
Jah Stoney
Rasta 4 Life

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SHOPPING in Amsterdam

SHOPPING
Amsterdam offers shopping opportunities galore, from high-end designer label boutiques to several excellent old-world street markets and literally everything in between. An elongated shopping street, the Nieuwendijk, runs between the Damrak and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal and is continued below Dam Square as the Kalverstraat, featuring an incredible selection of shops of every description.

In the southern end of the city in the area called the Pijp can be found the Albert Cuyp Markt, one of Amsterdam's oldest and best-known open-air markets. There's another big open-air market at Waterlooplein, a world-famous flower market not far from Dam Square, and a great used book market on the Spui every Friday. Serious shoppers say that the best bargains in town are hiding at the smaller marketplaces that dot the city, and even if you're not in a buying mode you can observe all kinds of interesting people and products at these colorful places.

There are some amazing little shops in many of the city's many neighborhoods as well, and you can find almost anything that you can imagine here in Amsterdam.

For some of the world's oldest kind of shopping there's the legendary Red Light District, a unique phenomenon that gives the concept of window-shopping a whole new dimension. Prostitution is legal and regulated by the government, and the attractive ladies who offer their personal wares for sale display their charms in the red-neon-lighted windows that front their working quarters.

Amsterdam is also a center for diamond sales, with an abundance of jewelry stores and diamond centers that also offer tours of their facilities where you can see stones being graded, cut, polished and mounted. You can get some really interesting deals at these places, but be sure to shop around if you are planning to make a serious purchase. One of the best shopping experiences in Amsterdam, believe it or not, is the mall at Schiphol Airport.

They have an incredible selection of places to shop—duty free—and you can pick up all of your last-minute gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones at home before you catch your flight back to the UK.


MUSEUMS in Amsterdam

MUSEUMS
Amsterdam is the City of Museums There are 33 museums located within the city limits, and those are just the ones that are regularly open to the public. Most are art museums—Amsterdam is historically the home of many incredible artists, including Rembrandt and Van Gogh who have their own museums—but there are several different science museums as well as museums for media, photography, architecture, religion, shipbuilding and history.

The renowned Rijksmuseum, the legendary "Treasure House of the Netherlands," tops the list of the city's cultural insitutions, which also includes the Amsterdam Historical Museum, the Anne Frank House, Madame Toussard's Wax Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Zoo. There's even a Cannabis Museum and a Sex Museum



GETTING AROUND Amsterdam

GETTING AROUND
Amsterdam has a terrific public transportation system that can get you to just about any section of the city in a short time by tram, Metro (subway) and bus. You can purchase tickets from the conducteur on board, but your best bet is to buy a strippenkaart at a tobacco or tourist shop for EURO 6.40. The attendant on board each tram will stamp your strippenkaart for two strips or more, depending on the number of zones that you need to travel through, and you can travel in those zones by tram, bus or subway in any direction for the next hour at no additional charge.

Be aware that the trams and the Metro cease operations each night between midnight and 12:30 am, so if you're planning to catch the tram back to your hotel after an evening of entertainment and dining out, be sure to make the tram stop right around midnight or catch a taxi home after that. The taxi is another good (though more costly) way to get around town. There are taxi stands located near most large hotels and big public places. Taxis aren't allowed to cruise for passengers in Amsterdam like they do in many other cities, so you must call for a cab to pick you up (dial 020 677 7777 or ask the staff at wherever you are to call you one) or head for the first car in line at the nearest taxi stand.

You will immediately notice that cycling is very popular in Amsterdam, and renting a bike is an excellent way to get around. Bike rentals tend to be quite reasonably priced, locks are supplied and you must never forget to use them or the bike is virtually guaranteed to be stolen. Hot bikes comprise one of the biggest segments of property crime in Holland, so please don't encourage this ugly tendency by buying a bike from someone on the street. When you are in pedestrian mode, you'll find there are three lanes in each direction for traffic o n most major streets: one for cars, one for bikes and the center one for trams and taxis. The sidewalks and bicycle paths are sometimes separated only by a line on the edge of the pavement.

Pay attention to where you're walking or standing on the streets at all times, and NEVER stand still in a bike path. When you hear the insistent tinkling of bicycle bells, get out of the way! If you get caught in a bike path and get hit by a bike, it's still your fault.

And of course there is always the intense pleasure of walking around this beautiful city.


Coffee Shops in Amsterdam

Smoking Cannabis
For the pot smoker, visiting Amsterdam is a special privilege. While marijuana is not exactly legal, for the past 30 years smoking has not been regarded as criminal behavior, and excellent supplies of marijuana and hashish are available from the city's many cannabis coffeeshops at a reasonable price

In the coffeeshops you can purchase pot and hash over the counter, sit down and roll up a bomber or use the house glass if you don't have your own, and smoke at your leisure. Anywhere else, please, always ask permission to smoke cannabis before lighting up. It's a whole lot less embarrassing than being told to put it out or leave

It is important to be aware that the Dutch coffeeshop scene is under severe political attack like never before. Incessant pressure from other countries—the US, France and Sweden are the top three culprits—and a rising conservative tide in the Dutch legislative body have left the shops more vulnerable than at almost any time in their history

The coffeeshop movement dates back to the early 1970s, but the past seven years have brought several major changes in the rules which regulate the cannabis trade. First the shops were forced to choose between serving alcohol or cannabis products, and while there are still more than 50 cannabis cafes where you can get both a drink and a smoke, by January 1, 2007 they will be entirely a thing of the past.

Then the government mandated that there could be no advertising of the availability of cannabis products at any establishment. Even the ever-present cannabis menus at the shops must now be displayed face down until the customer requests to examine them or asks to see the buds and blocks of hash on hand. Now there is even talk of an actual smoking ban in the shops themselves, ostensibly to protect the workers from second-hand smoke

So be aware that decriminalized public smoking is a privilege to be both respected and enjoyed while you're in Amsterdam. It's not a big thing to the Dutch citizenry but an acceptable recreational activity best practiced in private or in designated public areas like the coffeeshops. Your stay will be most rewarding if you maintain a sense of decorum and respect the local customs wherever you go


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