Win a Free Walking Guide and How Walking Guides Benefit Your Travels!
We all travel in search of something. It can be ourselves, great eats, adventure, culture, you name it! But most importantly, we travel to get the most out of the experience whatever that most may be!
I recently went to Amsterdam after getting a really great flight deal through WOW air (by the way, I love the flight attendants purple attire). I know, it seems like I’m always getting deals!
Now, back to my story!
After booking my travels, I realized I didn’t know much about Amsterdam other than the Rijksmuseum- which is the Dutch national museum dedicated to the history and art of Amsterdam, coffee shops (places you can buy weed in all assortments) and the Red Light District an area of the city where prostitutes are allowed to do their “transactions”. So, let’s just say I didn’t know much other than the stereotypical facts of Amsterdam!
What I really wanted to know is – What does Dutch food taste like? Where is the City Centre? What other parts in Amsterdam interesting to see? The best way to get those answers is by doing a walking tour. I thoroughly enjoy walking tours and recommend them after having a great experience walking around Gottika (area of Barcelona Spain) with a cultured local tour guide. This time though, I didn’t want to be confined to viewing and learning with a group so I downloaded GPSmycity- Amsterdam City Guide from the IOS app store to tour the city myself!
What’s great about the guide is the ability to create your own walking tour around the city and/or follow one of the built in tours! I used the tour to get a better glimpse of the Red Light District!
This was my tour ad courtesy of GPSmycity:
“Amsterdam is a very liberal city, no more so than in its famous red light areas. The largest and best known red light district is De Wallen where you will see scantily clad prostitutes behind the glass windows of their one-room cabins. Prostitution in licensed clubs, brothels and homes is legal in the city, although street prostitution is not. The area also has numerous sex shops, peep shows, a cannabis museum and coffee shops that sell marijuana. There is also a sex museum, which presents a rich collection of photos, arts and objects related to sex and sexuality. On Zeedijk Street, find Café ‘t Mandje. This lays claim to being the first gay bar in the Netherlands and one of the first in the world. One of the area's most famous thoroughfares is Oudezijds Voorburgwal where there are more window prostitutes, peep shows, brothels and coffee shops. The street also fascinates with its grand canal houses and the remains of monasteries from the Middle Ages. There's a lot more history on display at the 800-year-old Oude Kerk ("old church"), the city's oldest church and oldest building. One of Amsterdam’s oldest streets is Warmoesstraat ('Chard Street') with roots that go back to the 13th century. Here, like some of the other streets in the area, you can find coffee shops and sex boutiques. The Prostitution Information Center is also on this street and is where you can dine in the lunchroom and find out more about the red light district.”
Of course, there are other amazing tours of this Netherlands city such as, the Canal Belt Nightlife and Amsterdam’s oldest pubs which allow GPSmycity to be a great app for all travelers! They take the term sightseeing to a whole other level!
What do you look for when you travel? Are you into history or architecture? Or is it food that drives you to travel to the unknown places, in search of that perfect dish? While we all have our reason(s) for traveling, and many are the same, I have something that will help out tremendously! Latitude and Avenue has recently partnered with GPSmyCity to bring you access to one of the best travel apps you can get! Have you ever been to a new place and you’re just like what should I do here? GPSmyCity has you covered with their app. For my first 20 readers who comment, I have the app free for you (NYC and LA city guides!)! Tell me what your next destination is and what you would like to see there!