Amsterdam - A Clash of Styles
The town of Amsterdam is really a clash of styles, both conservative and liberal. Whatever your individual views, Amsterdam is really a city you need to visit at least one time.
Visually, Amsterdam is apparently a conservative European city out of antiquity. The area oozes charm with cobblestone streets, canals and towering water front homes. Philosophically, however, the town is quite liberal with marijuana being decriminalized and prostitution an authorized profession. You can easily get swept up in debates on the merits of the liberal attitude and completely miss a lot of what Amsterdam provides.
You'll think Amsterdam is heaven if you are a art lover. Even though you are not big into art, the collections in the museums will impress you. This is actually the items that was in your senior high school art books, that you didn't appreciate as you were too stupid, young or perhaps a mix of both. I certainly had a wholesome dose of both!
The Rijksmuseum carries collections of a few of the great Dutch painters such as for example Vermeer. As the building alone can be viewed as a great artwork, the Rembrandt collection is crucial see. For individuals who are art illiterate, I'm discussing the painter, not the toothpaste. Contained in the collection are pieces like the famous Night Watch. This painting has already reached that peculiar degree of fame wherein a psycho idiot tries to slice it in two every couple of years. Now that's fame. An extremely sad type of fame, but there you're.
Ah, but think about that crazy man with the truly bad ear piercing? Where are his paintings? Fret not. The Vincent van Gogh Museum is definitely the finest and largest assortment of his work. It really is impressive, but I thought framing his notes regarding picking right up food for supper was a little much. Just kidding. Impressive notes...spectacular. Brought a tear to my eye.
Coffee Shops/Red Light District
The coffee shops in Amsterdam actually sell coffee. This is usually a surprise for some being that they are well-known for selling marijuana aswell. I have no idea this personally, but have "heard from the friend" that might be found go on. I could, however, definitely recommend the coffee. Nutrients. If you like to use things apart from coffee, make an effort to show some restraint. You're in a foreign country and an out of their mind tourist is requesting trouble.
The red light district in Amsterdam can be an odd place. Due to the fame, it really is more of a tourist destination than other things. The "professionals" sit behind storefront windows, waving and winking at people passing by. These "people" typically includes tour groups and random tourists who would like to say they've seen the area. Although I am certain business has been done, it is not particularly obvious.