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Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:33 pm
by 805Andrew
That's cool you stayed inside the A'DAM Tower. I didn't realise they had a hotel inside it until I went up it. I wasn't sure how easy it was going to be crossing the IJ River but now knowing about that super easy free ferry I wouldn't hesitate staying there next time I'm in Amsterdam. I saw some of the same things pre trip as you guys like the Rijksmuseum and the A'DAM Lookout. It was also my first time in Amsterdam and a little more than two days was not enough to see a lot of what the city has to offer. Lots of great attractions and sites (and I didn't even know about that Soarin' Over Holland next to A'DAM - next time!) and its fun just walking around trying not to get hit by a bike. Next time I need to rent a bike and try not to run over pedestrians or land my bike in one of the canals. :lol: Looking forward to seeing more of the trip from your eyes and captions.

Nrthwnd wrote: So much crazy stuff there, it's almost like Japan ("almost").

I feel the same way. I'm definitely coming back to Amsterdam.

The Great Zo wrote:I must be the only person who didn't go to The Butcher, though I visited Foodhallen where they had a location, but chose not to eat there after seeing a dude in a The Butcher shirt leave the restroom without washing his hands. :lmao:

I didn't go to The Butcher either. I probably would have if they had a location near the Johan Cruyff ArenA but I wouldn't have wanted to if I had saw what you saw.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:26 pm
by A.J.
Electerik wrote:We were told that if you take a photo of a prostitute in Amsterdam, they will throw piss at you. Which is interesting because in America they charge for that.

Okay, that one got me.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:11 am
by robbalvey
I'm happy this report has started already... and it's off to a great start!

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:44 am
by jlp94
Love it so far, Amsterdam looks amazing! Definitely will be following along with this one.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:58 am
by SharkTums
I'm now guessing that the next place you go live will be overlooking a zoo!

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:16 am
by SoCalJasonland
I love the Automat. It reminds me of the scene in the movie, Dark City.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:54 pm
by ObeyTheShihTzu!
SoCalJasonland wrote:I love the Automat. It reminds me of the scene in the movie, Dark City.


I LOVED the Horn & Hardart Automat in NYC. Put in a few coins and you got the best little plate of mac 'n cheese or creamed spinach, or Lemon Meringue pie! (Funnily enough, I found out that the daughter of one of the original "Horns" lived in my building. But she was very shy so I never got up the guts to 'talk automats' with her.) :oops:

Bravo SMISTY for indulging in a bit of Dutch raw herring! :lol: When I first was in Amsterdam, I swore I didn't want to try it. But my Dutch friends said my visit would not be complete without sampling a 'herring stand.' I took the challenge -- and it was much tastier than I imagined! :p (Tho Dutch sweets still come out ahead! :lmao: )

Thanks Erik & Smisty for those great photos - and commentary!

Alice

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:56 pm
by Philrad71
Great start...can't wait for more!

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:14 pm
by Electerik
Part 2: Coaster Trains & Bitterballen

Here begins our coastering around Europe with TPR. A few preparatory notes:

We skipped the 0th day pre-trip add-on. Bobbejaanland looked cool, but as it was our first trip to Europe, we really wanted to maximize our time in Amsterdam. So you'll need to look to AJ, Chuck, or Larry's trip reports for coverage of that.

Efteling is big. It's also really good, and in retrospect was probably the best park of the trip. At least, for us. The group stayed at the Efteling hotel for two nights and had about a day and a half in the park. This was ideal for us, as it meant we could really take our time at Efteling and go back to the hotel anytime we needed a rest (because we're old). The park was very lightly attended on our first evening there, and we were able to do quite a bit. It was a bit busier on our second day, but filming on the coasters in the morning before the park opened got us a lot of rides knocked out, and we were able to spend most of the second day checking out the fairy tale section of the park, re-riding things we'd liked, and picking up those last few things we'd missed.

Next up was Toverland. I don't follow theme park happenings as closely I used to, and all I really knew about Toverland is that it was mostly indoors, with a couple of coasters outside. But that's not really the case. The park is bigger than I'd imagined, and their newest section (Avalon) is really good. We spent about three-quarters of the day there, leaving early (by more or less unanimous group decision) to stay ahead of a fairly ominous approaching storm.

The third park I'll be covering in this update is Walibi Holland. This is a former Six Flags, so I expected to just ride a couple of good coasters and ignore most of the rest, but it turned out to be a fairly nice park. By this time I was convinced that The Netherlands is just pretty and all you have to do in terms of landscaping is to get out of the way. It also helped that the park seemed legitimately excited that we were there, and were very nice to us (not that the other parks weren't, mind you).

We also visited two smaller parks in Holland, but I'm pushing those to the next update, whether it makes any sense geographically or not. I'm confident you'll forgive me.

Speaking of me, it might be a good time to mention that my opinions--especially regarding roller coasters--are often very different than that of other coaster nerds. This isn't because I'm contrarian (well, not entirely, anyway) but because I have what parks call "unusual body dimensions." Not only am I overweight, but more importantly, I have scoliosis. Riding roller coasters doesn't exacerbate my condition or anything, but a lot of the newer restraints on today's wilder rides simply don't fit me well, and this often results in rather uncomfortable rides. So keep that in mind when I say things like, "I would've been more excited to ride Robin Hood than Untamed." I'm not trying to be provocative. It makes sense if you're me.

Cool?

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:51 am
by SharkTums
I think I took the Goliath photo, but I would have commented anyways, so now you owe me! =)