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Three Perfect Days: Amsterdam

Encircled by canals and bursting with color, Amsterdam is a city of bike trails, tulip beds and 800 years of history. Start pedaling...

Author Adam K. Raymond Photography Ball & Albanese

ILLUSTRATIONS PETER JAMESFIELD

ROBERT RISTESKI

OWNER, DESTINATION SHOP

“The Restaurant As is a cool concept. It’s built in a church that used to be a techno club in the nineties. Now it has big communal tables and serves locally sourced food.”

ALLY DERKS

DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

“The Tuschinski Theatre, which was built in 1921, is my favorite place in the city. D.A. Pennebaker, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman have all had premieres in the beautiful main theater.”

MARLOES VAN VUGT

OWNER, WALLS GALLERY

“I really love the Nine Streets. It’s full of boutiques, cafés, bars and all kinds of creative people. I still discover new things every time I go back.”

 

 

Image – Photolibrary

THE BIG CHEESE

THE ALKMAAR CHEESE MARKET IS A DAIRY PARADISE

Wisconsinites may have claimed the nickname, but the Dutch are the true cheeseheads, and there’s no better place to sample their wares than the Alkmaar Cheese Market. A short drive from Amsterdam, Alkmaar is a sleepy Dutch town best known for a cheese bazaar it has hosted for 400 years. Each Friday, men in crisp white getups pull wooden sleds stacked with golden wheels of gouda to the town square. The cheese is laid out in long rows, just like it was in the 1600s, when dealers from across Europe traveled here to snatch up cheese wheels. Today the market is just for show, but visitors can get their fill of edam and gouda from booths surrounding the square. The market is open from April to September.

 

 

Image – Courtesy of Museum
of Bags and Purses

COLLECTORS’ EDITIONS

AMSTERDAM HAS A HOST OF STRANGE MUSEUMS

Plenty of cities boast art and history museums, but how many can claim entire institutions dedicated to cats, purses and houseboats? The KattenKabinet is a 17th century canal house that’s been transformed into a shrine to the feline, complete with paintings and poems. Pay close attention and you may spot a few furballs lounging next to the exhibits. A few blocks away another stately canal house has been converted into the haute Museum of Bags and Purses, which celebrates fancy totes from around the world with a collection of 4,000 pieces. Finally, located on the Prinsengracht Canal in the Jordaan, one finds the Houseboat Museum, which invites visitors inside to experience what life is like on the water. Go ahead, get your feet wet.



3 Responses to “Three Perfect Days: Amsterdam”

  1. Camille Shephard Says:
    July 6th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Camille –

    Great article on Amsterdam!

    xx
    M

  2. Kaia Says:
    July 31st, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    This article is pretty short and really good. Read it in the United Airline in-flight magazine, but it’s good and timely. Hope you like it.

  3. monshoo Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 4:33 am

    “Inside, you confront one of life’s ultimate dilemmas: bread, pastry or cookie?”

    what kind of meat are you using?

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