Streets in much of old Amsterdam are named after the Canal they parallel and are easy to spot because they end in the word “gracht” for Canal. Our hotel was on the Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) a very nice area and the Rosegracht (Rose Canal). Then there’s the much less desirable Roetegracht (Root Canal). …
When visited the famous Red Light District, we spotted a hotel. My daughter asked if the hotel had any stars. “I think it says minus one,” I replied.  Red lights are the norm at the glass room rooms on the main drag. But a blue light in a booth signalizes someone of mixed gender, shall we say. It gives a whole new meaning to Blue Light Special. “Attention K-Mart shoppers” …. I remarked the area was a lot like the World Cup: a lot of action, but not much scoring. On the restaurant front there was the well known IHOP (International House of Prostitution). … We missed the Torture Museum in Amsterdam. The French government had reserved it for the nation’s soccer team. … Visited the Cannabis Museum. It recently added the Bob  Marley Chair for Advanced Studies. ... Saw restaurants named Five Flies (Vijf Flieghen) Four Cats (Quatre Gatti) and 2PiR in Amsterdam. Looked  unsuccessfully for one with a three so I could finish, “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree. … Saw a Microsoft building near the train line on our Amsterdam to Brussels leg. It was easy to identify since the exterior periodically flashed, “Windows has found a problem and must shut down.” ... There was an accordion player in one stop on the French metro. My wife remarked she’d not seen an accordion player among the various performers in the New York Subway. “That’s because he wouldn’t make it out alive,” I said. … What was Queen Marie Antoinette’s favorite shampoo? Head and shoulders, of course. … French Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlors feature the new Pond and Garden flavor, a mixture of snails and frogs legs.
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