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Going to be in Amsterdam and Berlin in October - anyone going to be there

 
 
Mame
 
Reply Sun 19 Jul, 2015 08:45 pm
Just thought I'd ask - We'll be in AMS Oct 12 - 16, and Berlin Oct 17-23... any advice, other than the obvious (museums, galleries, etc), like great restaurants, bars, hidden gems, would be welcome, and if anyone wants to meet up, we can do it!
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Sun 19 Jul, 2015 08:56 pm
@Mame,
WOW, that sounds great, I wish I could go.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2015 09:23 pm
@Mame,
Mame, why don't you drop Walter a line, he may not have seen this and he lives in Germany, but I seem to have forgotten exactly where. Plus it might be a short trip for some of our British friends.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 12:21 am
@Mame,
Amsterdam: I've been there, but just the usual stuff.

Berlin: been there frequently. Meeting could be done. And I'll tell you some of the not so much known hidden germs Wink
roger
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 12:31 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I'm sure Mame will be delighted to pick up some new and unfamiliar germs.








I hope you meant 'gems'.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 12:37 am
@roger,
roger wrote:
I hope you meant 'gems'.
There's room for hope ...
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 01:43 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Amsterdam: you could consider to take a train ride (35 minutes) to Leiden:
you get there all the same as in Amsterdam, including museums and canals, just a bit smaller, less crowded and less expensive. (Could be a nice day tour - for me as well Wink )
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 02:57 am
The Flea market in Waterlooplein is always worth a visit, the Holtkamp bakery is brilliant too. If you have kids the NEMO science centre is really fun.

If you're interested in cannabis this place sells some unbelievable varieties of Dutch hashish.

http://www.flyingpig.nl/whatson/images/barneys.jpg
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 08:56 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I would LOVE to get your advice, Walter. Like, the vibrant, lively neighbourhoods to stay in, where to eat, etc. Any and all advice and suggestions much appreciated Smile
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 08:59 am
@izzythepush,
Thanks, Izzy... we don't do drugs or baked goods Smile But we can't pass up a good flea market!

Walter, we may (most likely) will have a car and our last three days in Berlin will be driving out farther than Kreuzberg, etc., so we can hook up in any number of places. We won't have a phone, just my iPad.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 09:08 am
@Mame,
I (we) stayed the last couple of years not in Berlin but in Potsdam (Seniors prefer it calmer than vibrant young ladies like you are).

But before I forget it: a museum (open only on Wednesdays and Sundays), which really is worth going to, but more for insiders: "Founder Epoch Museum"


Something else, not many Canadian/American tourists will visit: Hackesche Höfe (I'm absolutely sure, you will like that!)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 09:14 am
@Walter Hinteler,
And if you have a car, I suggest going to the Spreewald for a day-tour.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 01:44 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Although in Kreuzberg, a "must": 'Street Food Thursday" in the Markthalle 9 (a Canadian blogger's review - and some interesting links on that website, too!)

Definitely worth to be looked at is the "guide book" by 'Berlin Dude' - for the parts surrounding Berlin see Brandenburg (state)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 01:51 pm
@Mame,
Mame, I'm so excited for you guys - your trip is sounding wonderful already.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to afflict you with one of my favorite youtube videos:
Weekend in Amsterdam - Christie Moore
(youtube)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Xyh7NeXNo9/youtube)
Gives me chills of happiness (and I don't even smoke).
lmur
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 02:01 pm
@Mame,
There's a maritime museum in a town called Enkhuizen about an hour or so north of Amsterdam - Zuyderseemuseum if I recall correctly. Fond memories of playing drunken chess in a local tavern while the snow fell.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 02:09 pm
@lmur,
The Zuiderzeemuseum isn't just a maritime museum but a museum about the Zuiderzee (aka Ijsselmeer ) as well. (And Enkhuisen is very nice, too.) (Wikipedia: Zuiderzee Museum)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2015 02:11 pm
@ossobuco,
Oops - that was missing a parenthesis -

(youtube)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Xyh7NeXNo(/youtube)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Xyh7NeXNo

(I couldn't get it to embed, eh.)
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2015 08:46 am
@ossobuco,
They're not encoded as parens. It's a bracket [ ] and [/]

[youtube] URL [/youtube]
Mame
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2015 08:50 am
Hey, great links, everyone - thank you! Smile
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2015 10:53 am
@Ragman,
Dammit! and I knew better too.
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