Lives in Purmerend
Since Mar 2011
65+ year old male
After completing the higher Hotelschool I have worked in several restaurants and hotels in Europe. My last assignment was general manager in a Hotel in Badgastein-Austria. In 1968 I decided to change my career path and joined the IBM company. I have worked in that company in various management positions. In 1993 I retired but joined the Netherlands Management Cooperation Program as a volunteer and participated in projects all over the world. Me and my wife enjoy travelling very much.
Historic Sites, Bars & Clubs, Architectural Buildings
Bridges, Historic Sites
Historic Walking Areas
Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
The oldest building in Amsterdam is the Waag, located on the Nieuwmarkt. The building originally stood at St. Anthony 's Gate (1488), one of the three gates of Amsterdam. Later the building was converted into a weighing house , where all goods from the port were weighed. In the next period professional guilds settled in the Waag. The most famous was the surgeons' guild that the Theatrum Anatomicum built .Every year one public dissection of the body of an executed criminal place took place. Rembrandt painted one of his masterpieces here the "Anatomy Lesson of Docter Nicolaes Tulp" (This painting is in the Mauritshuis at The Hague). Today there is a nice restaurant in 'de Waag' http://www.indewaag.nl/ But the area has more interesting things to discover, among which some pleasant catering establishments.
It's one of the 1539 bridges in Amsterdam. This tip is a real tip for the evening . , The Skinny Bridge is beautifully illuminated and very popular with couples and photographers. The bridge used to be a wooden drawbridge over the river that gave Amsterdam its name 'de Amstel' and was so narrow that it was difficult for pedestrians to pass each other. Because the area got busier and busier the Amstel Skinny Bridge in 1871 was replaced by a bridge with multiple passages . Is that the reason that the bridge is called the Skinny Bridge ? That's possible, but there is also a beautiful legend. The bridge was named after the Skinny Sisters. The two sisters lived on opposite sides of the river. The bridge would be built so that they could visit each other often. (skinny in Dutch is Mager but it was the family name of the two ladies). The bridge has been the backdrop for many films; the most famous is undoubtedly the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever .
Amsterdam's Jordaan district is known for its courtyards. If you look just over the groups of Japanese tourists with umbrellas, you can usually discover the most beautiful courtyards . The main courtyard in Jordan is the Carthusian almshouses to Karthuizerstraat 89-171 . It is an almhouse that officially is named Huys Sit Weduwenhofe (House of the sitting Widow), but it is known under the name of the Carthusian almshouses. It was built in 1650 on the site of a former monastery. The building was commissioned by the House Sitting Masters, leading merchants ' who supported the 'house-sitting'poor with peat, food and sometimes housing. Walking in this quiet and peacefull place one can hardly believe to be in the middle of a busy city.
The Old Church is the oldest existing building in Amsterdam and is located on the Oudekerksplein in the city center. In it you will find many beautiful things, but it is not a religious museum it is also home to a living community. This is most visible (and audible!) In the weekly church services Sunday morning service at 11:00 and evening prayer at 18:00. The Oudekerksplein Municipality is also active in the neighborhood It belongs to the top 100 of the Dutch national monuments. The Old Church is an example of Dutch brick Gothic. The church was (probably in 1306), dedicated to Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, by Guy of Avesnes, the bishop of Utrecht. To the Alteration (1578) the church was Roman Catholic and she was called the St. Nicholas Church. St. Nicholas was the patron of sailors and was especially revered in port cities.
De Zeedijk (Seawall) is a street in the center of Amsterdam and it connects the Prins Hendrikkade and the Nieuwmarkt. De Zeedijk was built as a dike to protect Amsterdam from the waters of the IJ harbour, which was an open connection to the Zuiderzee. The area is one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam. In 1544, the first permanent street lighting (candle lantern) positioned in Amsterdam on the Zeedijk. De Zeedijk is the heart of Chinatown, the Chinese district of Amsterdam. There are many Asian shops and restaurants The text on street signs in the district is in both Dutch and Chinese characters. Although there is no prostitution on the seafront, the street is also seen as part of the Red Light District. Café In't Aepjen, (in the little Monkey) at housnr 1 is one of the oldest cafes of Amsterdam. It is located in one of the two surviving late medieval wooden houses in Amsterdam. The café 't Mandje (the Basket) on nr. 63 was an early example of a café where, besides prostitutes, pimps and sailors, including gay men and lesbians were welcome. This owner Bet van Beeren became an icon in the Amsterdam gay scene. He Hua Temple at Zeedijk 108-116 is the largest Buddhist temple in Europe, built in traditional Chinese palace style. It would be impossible to discuss here all catering establishments on the Zeedijk. The best thing to do and the nicest one is to go there yourself and enjoy a unique amsterdam experience.