Sex, drugs and The Anne Frank House constitute three of Amsterdam’s best known attractions. As the rain clouds ultimately drifted away from Holland’s lowlands – the sun finally came out for real on Sunday, my fourth day in Amsterdam. And off I went to explore all three.
You probably have heard that Amsterdam is famous for its Red-Light District. Well they’re open for business at all hours and you don’t have to look for any actual red lights themselves. Just walk straight down Damrak from Centraal Station until you notice a canal on your left. You’ll make a left turn at the point when you see the boats tied up.
After you make that left turn, the above picture is the view you will have of you look back towards the station. You can see how close to the train station this is. If those instructions are a bit basic or vague – please understand that I wasn’t in the know about where it was. You can have a look at Rick Steves’ Amsterdam Guide book for a map or google for it.
But if you are there in person, you just have to follow the crowds of excited young men. I saw and heard men from Poland, Russia, Italy, Spain, and Greece, even fellows from India, and I even saw a bunch of young lads all kilted out – Glasgowians?Maybe, but if not, they were certainly and definitely Scotsmen – I wouldn’t say for sure, but they were speaking English and to the best of my knowledge, the Irish and the Brits do not do kilts. Of course the Dutch themselves were present in droves, and many may have been avid ‘shoppers’ as they filled the streets.
Dead center in the middle of the district is a big old church, so sin and redemption are within steps of one another.