Feb 14, 2012

Valentine's Day in Amsterdam

With its endless canals and infamous Red Light District, Amsterdam is both romantic and raunchy, making it the perfect place to spend Valentine's Day.  Here are a few ways to explore Amsterdam with your sweetie, no matter where on the spectrum your proclivities lie.

Hilton Hotel - Make love not war in this five star hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono honeymooned and simultaneously held their famous “Bed-In” to protest the Vietnam War. The suite is still available and still very popular for honeymooners and those seeking a romantic hideaway.
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Flower Kiosks - The Netherlands is the international trade center for flowers, thus beautiful flowers can be purchased from any one of Amsterdam's ubiquitous flower shops and kiosks for less than you'd pay almost anywhere else in the world.  With a deal like that, why not buy 2 dozen? 
Diamond Museum - See replicas of important pieces from the royal house of the Netherlands used during weddings and coronations and famous pieces renowned for their history and beauty.  Though Amsterdam was the diamond processing and trade center for over 400 years, don't expect to get the same deal with diamonds that you can get on flowers.
Marlies Dekker - The flagship store of the Dutch lingerie designer is located in the city's tony Old South neighborhood. Splurge on some fabulous lingerie worn by celebrities such as Dita von Teese and Katie Perry, before retiring with your partner to the lounge area, with its grand chandelier, fireplace and chocolate counter.
Canal Boat Ride - Amsterdam is known as the “Venice of the North because of the number of canals. Take a romantic Valentine's Day cruise along Amsterdam's UNESCO listed canals, Singel, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Prinsengracht.

Sex Museum - It's no surprise that the world's first and oldest sex museum can be found in Amsterdam. Also known as venustemple, the museum, spanning 3 floors of an 17th century building, celebrates sensual love and human sexuality with an extensive collection of erotic pictures, paintings, photographs and objects.  The museum's halls and galleries are named after famous people from the history of eroticism, such as Casanova, Fanny Hill Street, and Marquis De Sade Hall.

Erotic Museum -  While the Sex Museum is more about sensual love this museum is all about the showcasing the seedier side of things.  Located in the beating heart of the Red Light District, the Erotic museum is all about showcasing the seedier side of things. On display are erotic souvenirs and art, including a series of lithographs by John Lennon, the history of Red Light District complete with a wax figure prostitute and a screening of an x-rated version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? If so, what are your plans?

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