AA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13975 posts, RR: 59 Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 936 times:
I just got back from a vacation in CUN with my lady-we are going to plan our next trip-and price shop and when we see a price we like we will take it- we are looking to go to Dublin then over to Amsterdam. It would be sometime in the Spring.
I'm looking for some hotel recommendations...
In Dublin I'd like to be in the heart of where it all happens- pubs etc . I'm very Irish and I'm very excited to go back to where my great grandfather was born.
For Amsterdam again I'm looking to be in the middle of everything-- Sorry to be vague, I'm not real versed in these cities at all--any tips would be great.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6072 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 929 times:
Quoting AA61Hvy (Thread starter): In Dublin I'd like to be in the heart of where it all happens- pubs etc
Stay near Temple Bar, then, and the nearby Grafton Street. That's really the heart of where it happens - pubs, shops, restaurants, many hotels, Trinity College, other sites. Guinness Storehouse isn't far away either.
Amsterdam I don't know too well, so I leave that for others.
Dublin is one of my favorite places, so have fun! Take the DART train up to Howth someday for a few hours and walk out to the lighthouse, take a boat across to Irelands Eye, and have some seafood on downtown Howth. I love that town.
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5288 posts, RR: 35 Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 808 times:
Jury's Inn is a popular mid-priced chain in two locations in the city centre. The one below is less than five minutes walk from Temple Bar. Rooms cost about 100 euro per night. It's modern, clean and comfortable. If you're looking for any more help or information let me know.
AA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13975 posts, RR: 59 Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 784 times:
Thanks for the advice guys!
Here is an aviation question now...I have a number of options on how to get there...And I'm not sure which to pick
Here is the general idea LAX-DUB/AMS (no particular place first) no set way on how to get there.
LAX-DUB: A330 EI
LAX-LHR-DUB: AA777/BA744/NZ744/UA777/VAA346 coupled with LHR-DUB EI A320 or BA A319
Then DUB-AMS I will most likely take BA
Then AMS-LAX I'm unsure if I should go via LHR or go direct with KLM 744/777 or if I should go back through LHR...
My concern is FF miles. I'm loyal to OneWorld. I cannot collect FF miles on the LAX-LHR run. But I don't want to sit in a AA777 for 10 hours in coach.
I'm also considering doing business class on it-for the leg room-
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38514 posts, RR: 80 Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 772 times:
Quoting AA61Hvy (Thread starter): with my lady-we are going to plan our next trip-and...............then over to Amsterdam
Great places to visit but why on earth are you taking your girlfriend to Amsterdam?
Why tourture yourself?
That is not a wise move.
Affordable getaways in Europe that is safe to take a girlfriend would be Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Ireland is a nice place to go but Amsterdam is a place for single guys.
The places I listed has really cheap hotels, bars, restaurants and even nice beaches. Can't beat that if your with your lady.
Not that Amsterdam is particularly dangerous for women, it's just that the kind of place you would prefer not to be on a leash.
If you're going there to fulfill your kinkiest fantasies, smoke weed, and have a blast in general, Amsterdam is the place for you.
If you're a culture vulture, honestly - go elsewhere...
Amsterdam is only beautiful if you're not used to the sight of canals and narrow brick houses. Living in Belgium (similar but better ) , I'll admit I'm jaded by seeing pretty much the same architecture here on a daily basis, but if you're into canals, Brugge and of course Venice put Amsterdam to shame.
Amsterdam is in fact not a very ancient town, most places of historic interest are only from the 17th century, the golden age of the city. The Royal Palace is an eyesore and almost all churches are dull and uninspired (not to mention empty ). However, be sure to check out the Oude Kerk, if only for the hell of taking a picture with a brothel and a church in the same frame. Distance between the two: circa 20 feet.
The world-famous Rijkmuseum is being renovated till 2010 and only a handful of rooms are open at any time. If queuing for an hour to see 10 paintings sounds like fun, go for it.
The Van Gogh museum is a rip-off and the crowds will drive you nuts; ditto Anna Frank Huis; ditto the Museum of Torture Instruments (dusty, cramped and cheesy to boot). The Sex Museum will give you a chuckle though, and the flower market is interesting if not really unforgettable.
The Vondelpark, once the rallying point of all the world's hippies, is now a rather sad and empty place, often occupied by beggars and drug addicts.
Safety is OK if you refrain from walking under the canal bridges at night and avoid dark alleys and the docks area (duh...). Stick to the crowds but beware of pickpockets.
Everybody in Amsterdam speaks English, and I mean everybody, so don't ask the people if they do or you'll get some indignant stares
The Netherlands is certainly one of the best places in the world to live and the people are phenomenally tolerant, worldly and educated. Amsterdam, however... wouldn't make it to my top 100 favorite cities. Not my kind of place...
Wherever you stay there, at all costs avoid the youth hostel on the Barndesteeg just off the Niewmarkt. It's run by American missionaries and markets itself as an oasis of virtue in Sin City, but it has the charm and atmosphere of a monastery.