Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Holland loves football on the Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam

When we were on the Rembrandtplein last week, Holland was still a contester in the Euro 2012 Championship. Unfortunately they lost their three matches and had to go home. Here on the Rembrandtplein you can see that the Dutch people really support their team. All bars are decorated with footballs, balloons and orange flags.

We also liked the art on the square. An electricity cabin is painted with Rembrandt drawings. The statue of Rembrandt in the middle of the square overlooks a small fountain. Next to a Coffeeshop, artists try to sell their paintings. For those who don’t know this yet, a Coffeeshop in Amsterdam is a legal place where you can smoke marihuana or hashish. We haven’t done this and we never will. It is however a part of the culture of Amsterdam.

Toen we vorige week op het Rembrandtplein waren, was Nederland nog steeds in het Euro 2012 kampioenschap. Spijtig genoeg verloren ze hun drie wedstrijden en moesten ze terug naar huis. Op het Rembrandtplein is het duidelijk dat de Nederlanders hun team steunen. Overal zie je voetballen, ballonnen en oranje vlaggen. 

We hielden ook van de kunst op het plein. De elektriciteitscabine is beschilderd met Rembrandt tekeningen. Het standbeeld van Rembrandt kijkt neer op een kleine fontein. Naast de Coffeeshop verkoopt een artiest zijn kunstwerkjes. Voor iedereen die dit nog niet kent, een Coffeeshop in Amsterdam is een legaal lokaal waar je marihuana en hashish mag roken. Wij hebben dit niet geprobeerd en zullen dit ook niet doen. Het is echter een deel van de Amsterdamse cultuur of gebruiken.. 
 
Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam

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20 comments:

  1. Eén van de bekendste uitgaansbuurten in Amsterdam, Filip. Leuke foto's..., van die elektriciteitscabine en die schilderijtjes !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. Die Nederlanders sparen zich kosten noch moeite om te laten zien hoe gek ze zijn op hun ploeg. Helaas heeft het liedje dit jaar niet lang mogen duren.

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  3. yep, this year we will not see orange for so long, ins some streets in Rijswijk its already gone...

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    1. I was supporting the Oranje, hoping that they can send Portugal home instead, but oh well..

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  4. Nice photos of Amsterdam. That sculpture looks like a map of Alberta

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  5. Sorry that you won't be advancing. But I've been having fun watching the EM.

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  6. Those orange streamers and huge soccer balls are very cool!

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  7. Nice shots - like being there.

    I would bring my scooter


    Aloha from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
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  8. beautiful photos! i like how you recognize that the 'smoke' shops are part of culture but not something youd particularly partake in! im the same way :)

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  9. I liked sightseeing with you in Amsterdam. I also liked that so many people use bikes!

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  10. OUi je suis allée en Hollande à breskens Jeudi passé et j'ai vu toutes les décorations pour l'euro 2012!! Merci à toi pour ce super reportage!! bisousssssssss

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  11. Wat was het een sfeervolle boel daar in Amsterdam, groetjes Cristien.

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  12. Wonderful impressions from the football time in your country. Great decoration.
    Kind regards, Synnöve

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  13. Great shots Filip! You have the most wonderful adventures!!

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  14. Echt Amsterdam, leuk.
    Groetjes, Mirthe

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  15. Zeer leuke en mooie beelden uit een toen oranjegek Nederland Amsterdam! Helaas, het einde van een droom.

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  16. I heard so much about legally smoking weed in Amsterdam... haha it was legendary back in my teenage years... was hoping can went there and try, but now, i dont think i wanna even let it come near me xD

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  17. Four years ago the European Champion Ship took place also in Berne. The fans from Holland are still in our memories. They are real fans and great supporters of their team. Most important they are all very peaceful. We had a fantastic time. Amsterdam is such a lovely city I really would like to go back! Christa

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  18. How interesting that this is legal in Amsterdam. Would be hard not to get some of that just second hand just having your coffee. In the US where drug testing is done with jobs, just being around there would keep you from getting a job.

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  19. I know the Europeans are soccer fanatics, but not so much in the States. I like that sketched artwork on the wall, but it It looks like not put in a place where it could be admired. It would be an strange sight to see people smoking those substances legally in public.

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