View Full Version : I'm baaaaacccccckkkkk aux Étas Unis


Laserbeak
09-13-16, 08:39 PM
My trip to Europe was great, it's amazing how much my friends have both changed and stayed the same! The weather was gorgeous -- we couldn't have wished for anything better. Most of our time was spent in Amsterdam but we spent a couple of nights in Paris too. Now they have a version of the TGV high-speed train, the Thaylis, that goes between Amsterdam and Paris cutting the train trip time from like 6 hours to 3.

The best thing we did in Paris was the Seine lunch cruise, it was really cool plus we saw great shots of the Eiffel Tower and a model of the Statue of Liberty (which was a gift from France) and they played French music approaching the Eiffel Tower then New York music around the Statue of Liberty. Plus the food was really great.

In Amsterdam, we saw the Rijksmuseum with their Rembrandts and some Van Goghs plus we did make it to a couple coffeeshops (just to drink coffee of course :giggle: ) Plus a bunch of other stuff like a village that had accepted loads of cocoa beans, coffee, and other stuff and ground it in like a dozen different windmills back from the day the Netherlands was an empire. The smell of chocolate from the cocoa beans grinding was truly overpowering!

Little Missy
09-13-16, 08:44 PM
I was wondering when you'd be back. Pics if and when you can would be great!

Laserbeak
09-13-16, 08:56 PM
Pics will be coming :)

midnightstar
09-14-16, 04:46 AM
Welcome back Laser :)

Hermus
09-14-16, 04:50 AM
Just to make sure and I can't emphasize this enough to foreigners: Amsterdam is not the Netherlands. It's situated in the Netherlands of course, but it's basically one giant open air museum with its coffeesjops and window prostitution. Not to talk about the people living there, who according to every other Dutchman are arrogant pricks who think the world starts and ends with Amsterdam. :p Want to see the real Netherlands? Avoid Amsterdam.

The Rijksmuseum is great though and the Van Gogh museum as well.

Every Dutchman who isn't from Amsterdam either just hates the guts out of everything that is Amsterdam (those people are from Rotterdam) or have a love-hate relationship with it.

sarahsweets
09-14-16, 05:54 AM
Oooo Amsterdam! Pm me your adventures. ;)

psychopathetic
09-14-16, 07:01 AM
That's so ******* awesome man! I'm so happy the trip went well :D. Can't wait for the pics!!

stef
09-14-16, 07:05 AM
Welcome back!
glad you liked Paris :)

There is kind of the same rivarlry of Paris vs "everywhere else" here, too.

psychopathetic
09-14-16, 07:05 AM
Just to make sure and I can't emphasize this enough to foreigners: Amsterdam is not the Netherlands.

Oh. :scratch:
So just to be clear here...
They don't wear wooden shoes in Amsterdam? :giggle:

Hermus
09-14-16, 07:12 AM
Oh. :scratch:
So just to be clear here...
They don't wear wooden shoes in Amsterdam? :giggle:

This post really made me stamp my wooden shoes on the floor hard. What a prejudice! :p

Laserbeak
09-14-16, 06:44 PM
I've been to many other villages too (not just really touristy ones like the windmill place) during trip and previous ones.

Laserbeak
09-14-16, 06:48 PM
Welcome back!
glad you liked Paris :)

There is kind of the same rivarlry of Paris vs "everywhere else" here, too.

Oh yeah, we loved Paris. It wasn't the first time I was there but it was still great. We actually tried to stay another night, but the Thalys tickets we had were not flexible at all and it would have cost a fortune to buy new one-way tickets back to Amsterdam.

Besides the Seine cruise, the other thing I never saw before that was beautiful was La Sainte-Chappelle de Paris. The stained glass on the upper floor is truly amazing! Plus we got to see mass at Notre Dame which was a treat, the singing was amazing and all the incense.

Laserbeak
09-14-16, 07:25 PM
Here are some pics, I'll label and organize them later:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/923/l11oIk.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pnl11oIkj)
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Laserbeak
09-14-16, 07:28 PM
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Laserbeak
09-14-16, 08:00 PM
Those kids are my friend's brother's (also a friend) kids. He moved out of the city to a small village a couple years after they were born about 45 minutes outside Amsterdam driving at full speed with no traffic on the highway. They are sooooo cute and they speak like 1/3 baby talk, 1/3 Dutch, and 1/3 English. The older boy has already started formal education in English in school! No wonder the Dutch speak English so well! In a few years they begin German as well.

Little Missy
09-14-16, 09:20 PM
Thank you! Love these so much! :D

peripatetic
09-23-16, 04:20 AM
mmm...did you eat your weight in pannenkoeken? i would've. i love those things! that tangentially reminds me that i forgot to tell you about this one restaurant. sounds like you're a frequent ish visitor though, so maybe next time. such an ecclectic little city. it may not be representative of the netherlands as a whole...but it's lots of interesting things to do and see.

did you go out to zandevoort? that one photo looks like it's en route. last time we were in ...not most recent...but the time before, i spose...we were on the continent after visiting family and we went out to the sea from amsterdam. it's a bit kitschy, but fun. windy. but then for some reason that year copenhagen was boiling hot for maybe three days in a row, so it kinda balanced out.

is that your mum on the bridge? and which are you? blue shirt or wearing shorts chasing the child? stylish lady...

i've never gone on a cruise down the seine. sounds worth it though :) i went down the danube once. they lit fireworks at the end by the chain bridge and we weren't expecting it, so my reaction was a bit more..."on alert" than maybe was ideal :p

i've also, oddly, never actually been *inside* notre dame. beautiful though. i'm impressed with your tenacity to brave the room that holds the mona lisa. my m was hell bent on seeing that and the venus de milo and by the time we entered the mona lisa room i wanted to throttle people hanging all over the sculptures taking "selfies" in the louvre. i really don't get what someone thinks having their face next to a rodin is really accomplishing...because the gorgeous marble is somehow not photo worthy on its own...? yeah...i don't know about selfies.

anyway, sounds like a lovely time! and the time on that train is awesome xx

Laserbeak
09-23-16, 04:31 AM
mmm...did you eat your weight in pannenkoeken? i would've. i love those things! that tangentially reminds me that i forgot to tell you about this one restaurant. sounds like you're a frequent ish visitor though, so maybe next time. such an ecclectic little city. it may not be representative of the netherlands as a whole...but it's lots of interesting things to do and see.


I had even better! Homemade ones made by my friend's dad. It's his specialty!


did you go out to zandevoort? that one photo looks like it's en route. last time we were in ...not most recent...but the time before, i spose...we were on the continent after visiting family and we went out to the sea from amsterdam. it's a bit kitschy, but fun. windy. but then for some reason that year copenhagen was boiling hot for maybe three days in a row, so it kinda balanced out.

is that your mum on the bridge? and which are you? blue shirt or wearing shorts chasing the child? stylish lady...


Didn't make it there, but I think you're right this is probably on the way. That was a small village where my friend's brother (also a friend) moved to after getting married and having kids. Looking at Google Maps I think it is Enkhuizen, but I'm not 100% sure.

i've never gone on a cruise down the seine. sounds worth it though :) i went down the danube once. they lit fireworks at the end by the chain bridge and we weren't expecting it, so my reaction was a bit more..."on alert" than maybe was ideal :p

i've also, oddly, never actually been *inside* notre dame. beautiful though. i'm impressed with your tenacity to brave the room that holds the mona lisa. my m was hell bent on seeing that and the venus de milo and by the time we entered the mona lisa room i wanted to throttle people hanging all over the sculptures taking "selfies" in the louvre. i really don't get what someone thinks having their face next to a rodin is really accomplishing...because the gorgeous marble is somehow not photo worthy on its own...? yeah...i don't know about selfies.

anyway, sounds like a lovely time! and the time on that train is awesome xx

LOL, I didn't. That was my mom on her own. I've been to the Louvre at least 3 times and that's plenty for this art non-lover!

Laserbeak
09-23-16, 04:38 AM
Actually it must have been Enkhuizen since we drove through Hoorn. And I'm the guy playing with the kids, my friend's nephew and niece.

Fuzzy12
09-23-16, 04:47 AM
Great pics. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had an absolutely amazing time. Makes me want to travel again too. :)

peripatetic
09-23-16, 04:48 AM
ok, so two things:

1. homemade pannenkoeken? get the **** out! yum, yum, YUM!
2. non art lover? blasphemer! :p i kid, but, seriously...i am no fan of the louvre...but i LOVE art. and architecture. i could see you being more into history though. not that they're all mutually exclusive. but my m is into history and i think he humours me ...yeah, i've selected every single piece in our house. for sure. hmm. animation is art though ;)

Fuzzy12
09-23-16, 04:49 AM
Last time i was in paris We made the mistake of heading straight to the mona Lisa in the louvre before seeing anything else and spent the whole day in the queue. Didn't get to see anything else. Big big mistake. :umm1:

Laserbeak
09-23-16, 09:38 PM
If you haven't noticed, look at the picture of the cars toward the end of the second posting with the IJsselmeer or whatever behind, the cars are below the water level.

(I figured I might as well add it here)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/924/GhNZuI.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/poGhNZuIj)

Hermus
09-24-16, 03:54 AM
The water level of the IJsselmeer was probably quite high at the moment? It seems that if it would have gotten much higher the water would have flowed over the dike.

That's why mostly polders have a binnendijk (ínner dike) and a buitendijk (outer dike). So that when water levels get too high and water will flow over the buitendijk it stays in the uiterwaarden (river forelands).

However, if the picture is Enkhuizen forget about what I said about polder, since Enkhuizen is not in a polder.

stef
09-24-16, 07:36 AM
Ok, so Dutch is just the coolest language!

Laserbeak
09-24-16, 08:27 AM
Ok, so Dutch is just the coolest language!

Yeah, maybe they were all in a coffeeshop when the came up with it! :giggle:

The village just outside Amsterdam where my friends' parents live is called Badhoevedorp. :giggle:

The good thing is everyone, I mean everyone speaks English. The only problem with that is if you're trying to learn Dutch and ask someone a question, they immediately know you're American (or at least are a native English speaker) and start speaking English back to you!

stef
09-24-16, 09:02 AM
ha i noticed that in germany too
we would ask if solmeone spoke english, they would say " a little bit" and they were usually fluent in english

Laserbeak
09-24-16, 07:16 PM
Some art from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam:

Rembrandt's Nightwatch, his most famous


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/921/054Dw4.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pl054Dw4j)


The first painting the Rijksmuseum ever had:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/923/1M3pxA.jpg

(https://imageshack.com/i/pn1M3pxAj)

I guess another Rembrandt, not sure:




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/924/MNdURY.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/poMNdURYj)

A Verner(?):

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/922/Lq3Diq.jpg
(https://imageshack.com/i/pmLq3Diqj)

Hermus
09-24-16, 07:28 PM
Are you the lady at the photo under, Laserbaek? :)

Laserbeak
09-24-16, 07:35 PM
Oops, I forgot the Van Gogh:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/921/LVEIgr.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/plLVEIgrj)

Laserbeak
09-24-16, 07:36 PM
Are you the lady at the photo under, Laserbaek? :)

No, that is my mother.

Laserbeak
09-24-16, 08:22 PM
A question about Dutch for Hermus:

Do you know why the construct ij is still used almost everywhere, when with modern computer technology anyone can make a ˙?

Laserbeak
09-24-16, 08:44 PM
It's amazing to see a total of billions of dollars just hanging on the wall. Of course they're almost unsalable since they're so well known.

The funny thing about that Nightwatch painting by Rembrandt is that they commissioned him to paint it but it came out a bit too big of where they wanted to hang it up....so they just hacked off several feet of it!!!!! One of the most valuable paintings in the world and they're like "yeah just chop off some of it to make it fit!" :lol::lol::lol:

Little Missy
09-24-16, 09:12 PM
Some art from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam:

Rembrandt's Nightwatch, his most famous


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/921/054Dw4.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pl054Dw4j)


The first painting the Rijksmuseum ever had:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/923/1M3pxA.jpg

(https://imageshack.com/i/pn1M3pxAj)

I guess another Rembrandt, not sure:




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/924/MNdURY.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/poMNdURYj)

A Verner(?):

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/922/Lq3Diq.jpg
(https://imageshack.com/i/pmLq3Diqj)

The goose(?) one is great!

aeon
09-24-16, 09:31 PM
No, that is my mother.

I dig your mum’s hair.


Cheers,
Ian

Laserbeak
09-25-16, 07:41 AM
I dig your mum’s hair.


Cheers,
Ian

Thanks, I'll let her know.

Seriously it's kind of messed up here being on vacation and all, but in New York, people stop her all the time and compliments her and asks her how she does it.

She does it just by having stopped coloring it several years ago and just getting it washed and blown dry once a week at a cheap hair stylist place just downstairs.

I told her to stop dyeing her hair since she never kept up with it and she looked like a skunk, and eventually it grew in this pretty silver color.

Little Missy
09-25-16, 07:43 AM
I'll let her know.

Seriously it's kind of messed up here being on vacation and all, but in New York, people stop her all the time and compliments her and asks her how she does it.

She does it just by having stopped coloring it several years ago and just getting it washed and blown dry once a week at a cheap hair stylist place just downstairs.

I told her to stop dyeing her hair since she never kept up with it and she looked like a skunk, and eventually it grew in this pretty silver color.

Classic cut. Elegant. Dresses up or down. :)

Hermus
09-25-16, 08:45 AM
A question about Dutch for Hermus:

Do you know why the construct ij is still used almost everywhere, when with modern computer technology anyone can make a ˙?

The construct 'ij' stems from far before the keyboard was even invented. Wikipedia has a nice page on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IJ_(digraph)#History

finallyfound10
09-25-16, 10:48 AM
GORGEOUS!!!! I hope to go to Europe someday!!!

THANKS!!!!

Laserbeak
09-25-16, 06:52 PM
The construct 'ij' stems from far before the keyboard was even invented. Wikipedia has a nice page on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IJ_(digraph)#History

Very interesting, but I think I'm more confused than when we started! :giggle:

Hermus
09-25-16, 08:16 PM
Very interesting, but I think I'm more confused than when we started! :giggle:

To be honest I don't know any more than Wikipedia knows. Just that this specific construct is something I really like about the Dutch language.

Hermus
09-28-16, 05:48 PM
Today I had dinner in Doesburg. If you're ever going back to the Netherlands I could recommend visiting. It's a distance from Amsterdam, but it's a really beautiful small city. A lot of 16th century buildings in a lot of different historic styles.