Amsterdam Day Three

What a great city. I haven't seen a newspaper or tv, or read my e-mail since last Wednesday. Here are some quick Amsterdam takes:

The coffeehouses. There are a lot of them. I went inside this one just to snap a picture of the merchandise.

Drugs are not legal in Amsterdam. There is a policy of tolerating marijuana and hashish use, which allows the businesses to be licensed and taxed. What's interesting is that there is almost no visible police presence in the city, despite having a red light district and so many coffeehouses. I haven't seen a policeman yet and very few police cars. Obviously, permitting the use of pot has not resulted in the city becoming a haven for criminals or terrorists.

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The museums are excellent. So far I've been to the Van Gogh, Rijks, Jewish Historical and Heineken museums and the Anne Frank house.

There are also a lot of canals.

The TL kid flew home to New York this morning -- so I'll have some time to blog now. He was the best tour guide, having been here three times before. He also had a great time with the other bloggers, particularly Ezra, Amanda of Pandagon, Lindsay of Majikthise and Liza of Culture Kitchen. Lindsey is the photograpgher, so check out her site for many more photos.

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    Re: Amsterdam Day Three (none / 0) (#1)
    by ltgesq on Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 09:57:40 AM EST
    "just to snap a picture of the merchandise?" youth is wasted on the young.

    Re: Amsterdam Day Three (none / 0) (#2)
    by Aaron on Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 09:59:22 AM EST
    I'd really like it if you visited a hash bar and took some pictures of the delicacies you find there. Also some shots of the menu would be nice. I heard they recently had an open house of sorts in the red light district allowing tourists and residents to visit with the prostitutes and the sex show workers. How about a little exposé of this world for all your loyal readers?

    Re: Amsterdam Day Three (none / 0) (#3)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 02:17:02 PM EST
    Have you tried a horse steak?? Very tasty.

    Re: Amsterdam Day Three (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimcee on Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 07:24:54 PM EST
    It's a fun place and the architecture is to die for. As for the Coffee House comestables be very, very careful because they can be very, very strong. Have fun.

    Re: Amsterdam Day Three (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 01:51:24 PM EST
    I'm Jealous.... I've always wanted to go there. C'mon...sample some of the wares and fill us in!