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Tip # 4

sunny 20 °C

We started our last day in Amsterdam like all the others. Need a good cup of coffee to help start the day off right

We decided to take a trip to Haarlem to see the Fran's Hals Museum. This is very easy a 20 minute trip. When we exited the train station there was a band playing and I said to Lincoln- we hit another gay pride parade. He didn't think so until I pointed out the big rainbow flags everywhere.

What we didn't know is we stumbled upon the ultimate lesbian festival. Pink, pink and more pink. This festival travels to different towns each year and this year Haarlem. First, knitting is the new graffiti. People apparently come out at night and knit over street lights, bridge rails etc. all pink colors everywhere. They also, hang laundry lines and pink tee shirts flying everywhere. The main center is in the church square- very ironic. The church steeple had the pride flag flying proudly. Band stages in multiple locations, dee jay booths. It was so cool to watch this in different countries.

The Fran's Hals Museum was another great setting. Not the best collection however,going back to Amsterdam, was perfect for us to take the to e we needed to see some of these other exhibits, and picnic and relax. I can see how the coffee effects the visit because you look around and wonder how you missed this before- and will the return visit be the same...

Tip # 4.

Ask the young smart bell man- if you had to eat in this neighborhood- where would it be. Not the typical tourist place the concierge sends you to for favors- where he would eat. He gave us a name and direction. Lincoln had to go into a bar to ask again, funny I sent him in alone- with his yellow sneakers and pink socks. He seemed very
Opular in the gay bar and they actually sent us to the same restaurant the bellman did. Lincoln said they were all very nice and attentive to him.

We went for Thai. This place was amazing. The favors so fresh, the staff picked our dishes. We sat next to2 couples from Brussels and chatted with them. I love meeti g people who travel and are like my group of friends. They were having a fun weekend- kids at home and enjoying Amsterdam. Could have been the Burkes. They had after dinner coffee.

That wrapped up our Amsterdam experience. I would love to go back again with my friends or family. Always so etching new to see and the city has the cheap tourist sections and a very nice restaurant, shopping and not rushed section.

Posted by Jcarrara 08:58 Archived in Netherlands

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