• Posted:Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Day 2 in the Dam: Gardens and Heineken!

Thankfully the weather cleared up eventually last night after around three hours of continuous downpour, thunder and lightning! This made way for a fresh Thursday morning in Amsterdam but with sunny skies nonetheless. I started day two in Amsterdam by meeting with the first of my Amsterdam podcasts. Maartje van de Vooren who is the city manager with New Amsterdam Tours. This company provides one of Amsterdam’s most popular free walking tours of the city and you can join in with no reservations needed. You can find out more about this once our podcast section goes live in the coming weeks! Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted on the when and where!

After a good chat about all things Amsterdam with Maartje, I made my way up towards the Spui area of the city. This is one of many small ‘squares’ in the city where you will find many restaurants, cafes and bars with outdoor terraces. There is also some public seating where many sit out with a book or just watch the world go by – something you will find that can be done all over the city!

After a quick bite to eat I made my way to find the ‘secret’ garden of Amsterdam. The secret part is not so true anymore as you will find it’s one of the city’s top tourist attractions, as well as one of very few free attractions in Amsterdam. This garden is called the Begijnhof and makes for a great escape from the city. I thought it might make for an escape from the tourist trail too, but I was very wrong! It is a popular attraction as many come to visit this hidden garden surrounded by some beautiful houses. It is also home to Number 34 which is the oldest house in Amsterdam, dating back to 1420.

It was now time for my second interview for a podcast so I made my way towards the Heineken Experience. There are plenty of trams running all over the city, but if you have the time, good weather and comfy shoes on, then I highly recommend that you walk around Amsterdam as much as possible. It’s a flat city, and it is also relatively small with a lot of the big attractions in close proximity to each other. The Heineken Experience is a big tourist attraction as it offers an interactive tour of the history of Heineken while avoiding that museum feel. Here I met with Luc Curvers who is the Sales and Marketing manager of the Heineken Experience. The interview gave a great insight into the Heineken Experience and what the tour offers. You will be able to listen to this here in the coming weeks! Luc also kindly gave me a great book all about the history of Heineken that just like the Experience offers a colourful and fun insight into the history of this popular beer. After all this I had to take the tour for myself and it did not disappoint. It was a great interactive experience and comes with tasting and free samples, along with a quick lesson in how to drink your beer properly!

Day two in Amsterdam was proving to be a busy one! Time to stop for lunch after all of this before I ventured towards the city’s famous park and museums!

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