SAIL 2015/AMSTERDAM: Once every 5 years, you can be a pirate

Once upon a time… a couple hundred years ago.. the waters of Holland were filled with these big Dutch historical ships.

And once every 5 years, the waters of Amsterdam are filled with Tall Ships, creating and event with more than 1.5 million visitors. For me this was the first time visiting Sail and I was lucky enough to visit it by boat. Yesterday 600 ships came in to Amsterdam, taking a couple of hours to come from the Noordzee to ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.They will be in Amsterdam until the 23th of August.

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IJHALLEN/AMSTERDAM: The biggest flea market in Europe

One weekend per month you get the opportunity to take the boat to the north of Amsterdam, stroll around in the sun and watch cool stuff around you.. which you can even buy!

You can have a little look at all the colorful things around you and socialize a bit with everyone around. I mean, it’s weekend, so you can do whatever you want! If you’re on the look out for cool things: you can score nice earrings for 50 cents, new games for your Game Boy Color or Nintendo, an old school camera or if you want.. the third part of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy.

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MARKTHAL/ROTTERDAM: Indulge your senses at Europe’s biggest market hall

In October 2014 the biggest Market Hall of Europe was opened by Queen Maxima in the portal city of the Netherlands, Rotterdam.

Walking in you find yourself in a jungle of different cuisines, with its’ different flavors and colors. With the high ceilings (40m) you almost feel like you are in a big open-air market, while still being covered by a beautiful ceiling with the art work of Arno Coenen (‘Hoorn des Overvloeds’).

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POMPSTATION/AMSTERDAM: Feel your feet shake at Pompstation

A little bit of romance never hurt anyone…. Imagine a pretty place, with soft lighting, warm candles and soothing music in your ears..

If this doesn’t good enough yet to yet, imagine all this while you’re eating amazing food, joined by a lovely glass of wine..in good company! I’m talking about Pompstation┬áin Amsterdam, a restaurant known for it’s relaxing vibe, friendly people and of course the fact that it is still in use a a water pump station. Sometimes, you can even feel it beneath your feet when you’re walking…

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