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Writer Pip Farquharson answered your travel questions on Tuesday, April 5 at noon ET

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Holbrook, NY: Hello Pip, I'll be arriving in amsterdam on 30 Apr05 for 8 days, This is the third time coming to this great place. I just wondered if you could recommend some local pubs and resturants and maybe some music clubs. We'll be staying in a hotel on Damrak so we're centrally located. Thanks

Pip Farquharson: Hello
I don't want to be constantly plugging my website but it is a useful resource for bars and restaurants etc! hnderwateramsterdam.com/
Also check out htecialbite.com/ which is superb for restaurants htsterdam.info/ is also a very good source of information on the city

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Tucson, AZ: Would you recommend the upcoming Queen's Day celebration as a good time to visit Amsterdam? What are the highlights of the holiday?

Pip Farquharson: Only if you like crowds and disorganised chaos!
It really is quite an incredible experience and should be experienced at least once. Basically, bars and clubs across the city open up and many have live music or DJs outside, the canals are grid-locked with partygoers on boats. People sell all manner of goods on the streets (it's a tax free day). Can be anything from a t-shirt to a haircut or a kiss. And there's a fair set up on Dam square serving warm donuts ("olieballen"). It's pretty wild and I can guarantee you'll never have seen anything quite like it.
There aren't really any highlights as such. I would just wander around the city. If you want to go to a party particularly then just check websites for information nearer the time...
Wear orange.

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Pip Farquharson: Hello
I'm signing off now before I get RSI!
I hope the answers were useful.
And have a great time during your stays here!
Travel safe,
PiP

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