Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 7, 2006 - Travel - 269 pages
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Looking for a travel guide that goes where other guides fear to tread? One that rides roughshod over ad-copy puffery to smartly deliver the real scoop on a destination's sites and attractions? One that dares to be honest, hip, and fun? Look no more. Frommer's Irreverent Travel Guides are wickedly irreverent, unabashedly honest, and downright hilarious, and provide an insider's perspective on which attractions are overrated tourist traps and which are the secret gems that locals love. You'll get the lowdown on restaurants, lodging, and shopping, and even find out what the locals think of you. "Like being taken around by a savvy local," said the New York Times. "Hipper and savvier than other guides," concurred Diversion magazine. Never shy about confronting the issues, the Irreverents are guides to real travel in the real world.

The one-dimensional Amsterdam of tulips, wooden shoes, and 17th-century architecture is the stuff of many a standard guidebook, but with its booming economy, legalized prostitution, and tolerant attitude toward recreational drug use, the city is much more than that. For savvy travelers who want to fully experience the place as the locals live it, Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam, 6th Edition is the way to go, offering the lowdown on this hip, cultivated city, where old and new sunnily coexist. You'll discover the proper way to knock back genever (Dutch gin--the potent national spirit), why Amsterdam is considered the Gay Capital of Europe, plus the inside scoop on the red-light district, complete with advice and warnings.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
YOU PROBABLY DIDNT KNOW
10
Basic Stuff
24
Basic Stuff
58
Going Dutch 63 Dutch on the run 64 Real rijsttafel 64
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Utopian Ethiopian 66 Multi Mediterranean 67 The French
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Seeandbescenes 71 Landmarks 72 Cheap eats 72 Isnt
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DIVERSIONS
92
GETTING OUTSIDE
144
SHOPPING
160
Basic Stuff
196
fabulous beautiful people 203 For youthquakers 204
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HOTLINES OTHER BASICS
249
Emergencies and police 253 Events information 253 Festivals
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Trains 260 Travelers with disabilities 261 Visitor information
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About the author (2006)

George McDonald is a former deputy editor of and current contributing writer for Holland Herald, the in-flight magazine of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He has written extensively about Belgium and the Netherlands for international magazines and travel books such as Frommer’s Amsterdam and Frommer’s Europe.

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