Argentinian steakhouses, bikes, canals and dildos
It's still a beautiful city with beautiful architecture and my lasting memories of the place are unchanged except that there seems to be less dog shit all over the place. The canals are still there, as is the red light district and the numerous coffee shops full of tourists. Bikes, bikes and more bikes - they are everywhere! But, what is it about Argentinian steakhouses that there are so many of them? I don't recall them from my visit of 22 years ago. Their ubiquity reminded me of how I was struck by the huge number of orthopaedic shops in Madrid when I visited many years ago.
I walked all over the city yesterday, trying to get a feel for the areas that surrounded the two flats I was going to see.
|gabled canal houses||green wall||17th century canal||iguana sculptures||another iguana|
|wall fish||bikes everywhere||bikes copulating||more copulating bikes||bikes standing|
|sleep or dead?||dead bike||sex toys for all||Mrs Ball's chutney||Restaurant Portugalia|
There are lots of sorely neglected bikes around - I wonder what happens to the dead ones?
It's good to see that Mrs Ball's chutney is available and nice to see a Portuguese restaurant as some Hispanic competition to all those Argentinian steakhouses. It's next door to a gay hotel called the 'The Golden Bear'. I was reminded of Nyasha (*) when I saw it. The restaurant, that is.
Both flats were great but I chose the one closer to all the action. It's on the first floor as opposed to the fourth floor as was the other one. But those weren't the main reasons for choosing it.
It's very spacious, beautifully furnished and is the only flat in the whole building. It has very high ceilings, lots of lovely original features including heavy antique doors that separate the living room from the rest of the flat. It's on Leidsestraat, a very busy shopping street and is very close to a tram stop. So, unlike the other flat, it's going to be rather noisy. But, living over a club as I do now shouldn't make that too much of a problem. Leidseplein, a tourist trap heaving with bars and restaurants is nearby, as is Vondelpark and the book district. The Rijksmuseum is 5 minutes walk away so I'll have no excuse to not be cultured. And, if I want to be uncultured (probably more likely) there are numerous sleasy gay venues nearby.
I suspect I'm going to enjoy staying there.
(*) Nyasha's usual blog seems to have disappeared so now you need to go here to find her.