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August 4th, 2017 at 6:45:10 PM permalink
I just posted my blog entry on the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. It still probably has a lot of typos as my proofreader is on vacation. If you find any, please PM them to me.

As always, I welcome all questions, comments, and especially corrections.

The question for the poll is what would be your favorite activities in Amsterdam?
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August 4th, 2017 at 7:39:02 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I just posted my blog entry on the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. It still probably has a lot of typos as my proofreader is on vacation. If you find any, please PM them to me.

As always, I welcome all questions, comments, and especially corrections.

The question for the poll is what would be your favorite activities in Amsterdam?


Wiz,

For your poll, my fav activities are food-related: exploring street food, cheeses, and raw herring! Sorry, it's not on your list, and you had no "Other" selection, but I have many fond memories of Amsterdam and nearby Volendam.

WRT your report, here is a short list of additions to consider - they won't take away from your positive comments, and might even further enhance your report!

Not everyone is as well traveled as you, so perhaps

1. Insert the current exchange rate? insert a map showing WHERE's the Netherlands in Europe?
2. Add a map showing the concentric half rings of canals you talk about
3. Some pix of the casino would be great

I unsuccessfully could not find typos or corrections, but someone else might. Did you send a link of your favorable review to the Holland Casino folk?

Nice report,

LW
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August 4th, 2017 at 8:23:25 PM permalink
Thanks, good suggestions. I just implemented all three.
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August 4th, 2017 at 9:05:50 PM permalink
As always I love your travel reports. Where else did you go on this trip? Any other trips upcoming or trips abroad that you'd like to take? I'm jealous of how much you have travelled, they sound like amazing adventures.
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August 4th, 2017 at 9:59:55 PM permalink
Thanks for the report Wizard! I enjoyed it very much. Is public drinking allowed in Amsterdam? I am surprised the casino doesn't provide alcohol for the players, but maybe that is a condition of their licensed monopoly.

What purpose do the semi-circular canals serve? Were they for irrigation, transportation; or defense, like a moat?
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August 4th, 2017 at 11:20:01 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Thanks, good suggestions. I just implemented all three.

IMHO, the posting quality just increased 300%.
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August 5th, 2017 at 1:39:58 AM permalink
I suppose the prices of a few things may interest some. How do they sell marijuana, I assume by the cigarette? Price? What are the costs in the red light district? Did you try any Dutch East Indian food? Excellent report, thanks for the kind words for the home of my fathers.
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August 5th, 2017 at 6:49:25 AM permalink
Nice report. I voted for canal tour, since that's what my wife and I did on our only day ever in Amsterdam, at the end of a trans-Atlantic cruise. We really took a bus tour of the city, with that including a short boat tour on the canal and I would certainly repeat that portion of the visit. I think I only have three comments to offer:

(1) At the end of our visit, I discovered by chance the "other" Holland Casino in Amsterdam, a small one that is located in the airport and which does include table games. I posted a tale of my visit and an image of my souvenir chip in the Casino Chip of the Day thread.

(2) In that post, I included (behind a spoiler button) a photo I took from the boat while on that canal tour. It was taken in a spot where you can see the water passing under seven bridges that cross a straight section of the canal -- very interesting, at least to me. The posted photo may be too small for most people to be able to count those bridges, but I could provide a larger image if folks were interested. (I just tried, and on my Mac it is possible to drag that photo to the desktop and then view it a bit larger. Don't know how it works on other computers.) I have a print of that photo among the many hanging on our condo walls. Right after the spoiler button in that post, I included a paragraph with an amusing comment made by our tour guide.

(3) If you wanted to add another educational tidbit to your blog entry, you might explain (for all of us Stupid Americans) the difference between Holland and The Netherlands.
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August 5th, 2017 at 10:29:19 AM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

As always I love your travel reports. Where else did you go on this trip? Any other trips upcoming or trips abroad that you'd like to take? I'm jealous of how much you have travelled, they sound like amazing adventures.



Thanks for the kind words. This was just a 12-day trip to Amsterdam and Brussels. I wish it could have been longer. By the time you're 52 I think your passports will be more impressive than mine, given your recent tour of Asia.
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August 5th, 2017 at 10:37:00 AM permalink
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Thanks for the report Wizard! I enjoyed it very much. Is public drinking allowed in Amsterdam? I am surprised the casino doesn't provide alcohol for the players, but maybe that is a condition of their licensed monopoly.



I can't think of anywhere in the world I've seen free drinks in a casino outside of the United States and I've played all over the place. The only reason "free" drinks survive here, in my opinion, is that tipping is expected, so it really isn't free.

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What purpose do the semi-circular canals serve? Were they for irrigation, transportation; or defense, like a moat?



Transportation mainly. The land is so flat there that it made sense to make canals instead of streets. I'm not sure why they did them in semi-circles, now that I think about it. I should have asked the guide of my canal tour. I assume it started with just one ring and they kept adding more as the population expanded.
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