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Alex Treacher
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It's been quite a long time since I last visited 'Dam; probably about seven or eight years.

My partner and I are heading over next week (19th to 24th) for a short break and - contrary to my usual half-decent planning - haven't actually planned anything other than "have a good holiday". (I've been a few times before, but she hasn't.)

We're both fairly arty so will probably visit one or two of the museums/galleries (I've been before but certainly don't mind visiting again), and will be looking into what's happening club and music-wise, as well as generally pottering round and eating pancakes (although my favourite pancake house had closed down the last time I was there...).

So... open for suggestions and recommendations, folks. Anything interesting happening over those few days that we should know about? And is the games shop that used to be in 'Dam still there (if I recall it was west of Centraal, possibly on Keizersgracht)?

Happy to take responses in the thread or in private.


Thanks in advance.
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Hey Alex,

in Keizer i don know, but Hartenstraat 14 is the Gamekeeper shop.
More expensive that most of any gameshop i know, but they have some games.
another one with even more games i think (where i bought paths of glory for 60 euros) is Schaak en Go Winkel Het Paard, Haarlemmerdijk 173.

you can eaily locate both on the internet. but both are expensive, games are cheaper in the UK.
less expensive, sometimes when there is sales is the american book store, at Spui.

besides that, have a drink at Hoppe, at Spui again, and i recommand the lunch at the Esprit cafe, at Spui again.
3 good places on the same spot

enjoy!
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Have a great time Alex! I a only 100km away from you then.
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spetz wrote:
Hey Alex,

in Keizer i don know, but Hartenstraat 14 is the Gamekeeper shop.
More expensive that most of any gameshop i know, but they have some games.
another one with even more games i think (where i bought paths of glory for 60 euros) is Schaak en Go Winkel Het Paard, Haarlemmerdijk 173.

you can eaily locate both on the internet. but both are expensive, games are cheaper in the UK.
less expensive, sometimes when there is sales is the american book store, at Spui.

besides that, have a drink at Hoppe, at Spui again, and i recommand the lunch at the Esprit cafe, at Spui again.
3 good places on the same spot

enjoy!
I'm pretty sure it was Gamekeeper that I was thinking of - it's been several years since I was last over there, but the photo from Google streetview looks familiar. We'll make sure that we stop by it while we're about, but we've nothing that we're actually *looking* to buy right now. Similarly, we'll take a look at the other one too if we're up that way.

Thanks for the tips about the places on Spui - will check them out when we're there (we'll doubtless be passing by/through a lot!). Will also try to have a look at the book market if we've got nothing that overlaps...

Thanks for the ideas.

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Narl wrote:
Have a great time Alex! I a only 100km away from you then.
Hi Narl - that's virtually shouting distance! Well, maybe not quite.

Future visits will definitely include getting out to other parts of the country; I've promised myself that numerous times, and it *will* happen!

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Got back to Blighty about four hours ago... Had a great holiday, and - as with all good holidays - didn't want to leave the place. Plus a very late night last night meant that getting up before midday was painfully hard!

Numerous high spots, some not entirely suitable for mentioning on a family-friendly site like this. Company - obviously. Wandering around the city, never needing to hurry and enjoying the sights and the atmosphere. The beer - we discovered a lot of new beers that are just too good to be real (LaTrappe Quad, for example). Pancakes. The Verzetsmuseum.

We visited both the game shops as we bimbled around and found ourselves near them. Schaak en Go Winkel is clearly the better of the two. It was interesting to see one set of shelves devoted to the top 50 games on BGG! I bought Hive: The Ladybug there, as it still seems not to have arrived in the UK.

We had the first beer at Cafe Hoppe, in face (an Amstel, for tradition's sake!). When I got there I remembered having gone in there before, but I had forgotten the name. Small world!

And we're already thinking about going back to 'Dam later this year...


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Good to see you had a good time!
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UH OH! Wish I had seen this before your trip. Never drink the local beer....they make it with the canal water.
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LSMB wrote:

UH OH! Wish I had seen this before your trip. Never drink the local beer....they make it with the canal water.
No, no, that's American beer you're thinking of!
(I was going to post a picture of the beer I found in America on my last visits that I actually quite liked, but I'm not sure of the name. It was called something like "Thunderdog", and I think the brewery was Louisiana-based.)

Here's part of what came back with us and nearly made our luggage overweight!

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that looks like a tasty selection!
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All I can say is a local told me that in Amsterdam gulp

Personally, I drank whatever they had and it just made me stronger.

EDIT: spelling
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LSMB wrote:
All I can say is a local told me that in Amsterdam :gulp:
And we'll stick with that story till you guys stop coming over to drink our beer! Sta away! ;)

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dok33 wrote:
LSMB wrote:
All I can say is a local told me that in Amsterdam gulp
And we'll stick with that story till you guys stop coming over to drink our beer! Sta away!

Hey, I need to stop by Utrecht again too. I was there, but only stayed a day....and as for Amsterdam, well, you'll need more than a story about canal-water-beer to keep folks away.
 
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