I AMSTERDAM (Vegas Style)

How to tour Amsterdam in 72 hours and come away with 80+ beautiful images (http://tak-ful.com/tulips) and GoPro footage…..

(Click on all 7 hyperlinks below to see more pictures and to learn more details about each stop.)

  1. Decide on a coffee shop experience, a “green” experience vs. the coffee shop I fell in love with here.  You can ride a bicycle to power your devices, enjoy an amazing view of the waterway and the videography museum across the way, as well as delicious bagel sandwiches (my fave!).  To top it off, you find yourself pulling the toilet paper from a tree in the restrooms and a chalkboard for you to leave your mark in the stall.  On the way out, the friend wait staff will entice you to take a free apple.  See pictures in this link:  https://tammytumbleweed.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/bagels-beans-amsterdam-holland/
  2. Seriously consider staying at the Room Mate Aitana Hotel with unparalleled views, great access to most areas of downtown, and a reasonable parking option https://tammytumbleweed.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/hotel-room-mate-aitana-amsterdam-holland/
  3. Get Seg’n whether you have a tour guide or not!  Run out in front of a bus like my fiancé, or drive by the Red Light district.  It’s up to you, but you will see the city in one efficient way!  Pictured: Look behind me (and my GoPro – lol) at the view down the street in the distance.  The pictures never do it justice, and this was taken on a cell phone, but, it is what it is – use your imagination, as if you stumbled upon this Seg’n.  J https://tammytumbleweed.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/segn-amsterdam-holland/
  4. Finally, if you are staying by the airport, give the Holiday Inn Express a whirl.  They have really decent rates (less than $99 a night), and they are within walking distance from probably your best option in dining, GUSTO Ristorante (Italian).  Fine service and fine food, and each table is adorned with long stemmed white roses.  Oh Holland!  I love you and your flowers!  Check it:  https://tammytumbleweed.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/gusto-amsterdam-holland
  5. Check out the world famous Den Haag & a pretty fantastic showing of the bicycle transportation and storage: https://tammytumbleweed.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/den-haag-de-fietsen/
  6. And last but not least, the reason I went to The Netharlands:  The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens are impeccable.   A must see for anyone with a bucket list: Check it:  https://tammytumbleweed.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/kuekenhof-amsterdam-holland/


*** BE SURE to check out ALL 80+ images from my walking tour as well, at: http://tak-ful.com/tulips ***


Gusto (Amsterdam, Holland)
08/04/2015, 21:19
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Another fine find!

We just loved this Italian restaurant.  The food and service were great. 

And each table was topped off with long stem white roses!  Gorgeous!

If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express by the Schiphol airport, make this your dinner place!

Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – Schiphol

Jupiterstraat 162-200, 2132 HH Hoofddorp, The Netherlands

T: +31 (0)23 82 00 090



Bagels & Beans (Amsterdam, Holland)
08/04/2015, 01:21
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IJdok 49, 1013 MM Amsterdam

Loved this coffee shop!   And it actually was a ‘coffee shop’!  😉

Gorgeous views.  

Biking machines that generate power.  

And bathrooms with toilet paper hanging on the trees and chalk boards so you may ‘leave your mark’. 

Truly an amazing experience.  

My bagel sandwich was fantastic – and I received a free apple on the way out. 

Lovely.  Just lovely.  




Hotel Room Mate Aitana (Amsterdam, Holland)
08/04/2015, 01:13
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Amazing setting on the water with beautiful Architecture!


Seg’n (Amsterdam, Holland)
07/04/2015, 04:32
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The best way to tour a city in one hour…

Seg’n it!


Kuekenhof (Lisse, Holland)
07/04/2015, 04:30
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A million tulips…

Amazing scenes,

And adorable kids and families. 

Love it!!  :)  The perfect Easter getaway. 



Den Haag & De Fietsen (Dutch – The Hague & The Bicycles, The Netherlands)
04/04/2015, 06:56
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Just outside Kuekenhof, you can find The Hague ….and a lot of bicycles!

Wikipedia summarizes The Hague’s place with International Politics the best:

The city of The Hague contributes substantially to international politics: The Hague is home to over 150 international organisations. These include the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The Hague is the fourth major centre for the United Nations, after New York, Geneva and Vienna. In line with the city’s history as an important convention center and the current presence of institutions such as the ICJ, The Hague’s city council employs a city branding strategy that aims to establish The Hague as the Legal Capital of the World and the International City of Peace and Justice

Masses of bicycle storage areas are everywhere – and would also appear to be what we Americans would refer to as ‘parking decks’ in other areas too.    Multiple floors of drivable decks built only for bike storage, in addition to some of the more simple open air racking systems pictured above.


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