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The Netherlands capital, Amsterdam, has a population of just over a million people but is one of Europe's cultural centers. It is a city notorious for its liberal attitudes, alternative lifestyles and is considered on of the best places in the world to just hang out. Globe Trekker traveler Jonathan Atherton takes to the streets and canals to uncover both sides of this cosmopolitan city. Along the way.. Spend the night at the Hemp Hotel. Take a bike tour of the city. Sample Dutch liquors in a 17th Century pub. Marvel at the beautiful artwork inside the Rijksmuseum. Hang out in one of Amsterdam's notorious coffee shops.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Atherton
  • Directors: Ian Cross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pilot Productions
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTVWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lientje on March 19, 2013
I have been to Amsterdam 4 times and am preparing for my 5th. I should have left this travelogue alone.
The only thing that I can say good about it is that the camera work was good. The color in it vibrant. It made
Amsterdam look colorful and pretty, which it is.

Beyond that, nearly the first scene is a Gay Parade. That was obscene. I was not amused to watch a guy
in a jock strap showing us his wares from all angles. I have no problem with gay people or gay weddings (which
was also in the dvd) but this was awful. Men at their crassest.

In fact, there was very little in this dvd worth watching. There is a walk down the red light district,
there is a visit to Hemp bars, loads of information about marijuana and chats with people who are using it.

Beyond that, there was very little. There was a very brief canal ride, a visit to the Rejksmuseum looking
at one painting, The Van Gogh museum was closed for repair so no visit there. No visit to Westerkerk (built in
the 1600's) and going to Amsterdam with no view of Westerkerk or the Ouderkerk is like going to Paris with no view of Notre Dame.
No visit to the Anne Frank house. No visit to Rembrandt's House. No one would guess there was the Queen's Palace there.
No mention of the incredibly distinctive architecture. No mention of the Vondelpark.

Certainly this dvd was geared towards hippies/young people who go to meet other people in bars, or to get away with the stuff
that they can't do back home. But even hippies need a little culture once in awhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonard on February 18, 2013
I didn't know much about Amsterdam prior to watching this episode. My two favorite European cities are London and Paris. However, I wanted to expand my horizons. Amsterdam is an interesting city. This episode was good, but could've been better.

The host is a bit of a buffoon. At times, I felt like I was laughing at him instead of laughing with him. He thought it was a good idea to ride a bike on the tram tracks. A tram literally came within 5 feet of him. He also got hit by a boat while he was paddling on the canal. The episode began with him getting off a train and heading to a hotel. He tried to speak to the taxi driver in Dutch, but the driver told him to speak in English. After staying at the aptly-named Hemp Hotel, he headed to the Gay Pride Parade. I have nothing against the LGBT community, but it seems like this episode (and this series in general) tried to force the gay agenda down our throats.

Jonathan said that bike thefts were common in Amsterdam. Despite putting two locks on his bike, it was still stolen. A scruffy looking dude was caught stealing a bike that belonged to a tourist. I loved the part with the canal. I learned that some people actually live in houses along the canal. Jonathan left the downtown tourist area and headed to a rave in a seedy part of town (it seems like half the episode consisted of people smoking weed).

He stopped by the Riksmuseum (sp?), though it was only a cursory tour. He later stopped by a beautiful park. Like London, Amsterdam is a diverse city. I saw whites hanging out with blacks and Asians. In the next scene, he went to the Red Light District where some drug pushers nearly robbed him before the cops arrived. Towards the end, he hung out with a gay black dude and attended a gay wedding.

I felt that this DVD focused a little too much on the LGBT community and marijuana. Nevertheless, it was an interesting tour of Amsterdam. The bike ride was cool and I loved the canals and art work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Pittenger on June 11, 2007
I've been to Amsterdam and it's a beautiful city. Unfortunately, this item doesn't show the beauty of the place. You'll like it if you're gay, smoke pot, and like staying in flop houses.
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