25 Sep 2008
One of the great events of the year is Gay Pride Day in Amsterdam.
Simply put, it is a magnet for gays and lesbians from all over the globe. For straights, it is a magnet for those who enjoy a real good time.
In fact the day is actually an entire weekend typically at the very beginning of August. We are talking wall to wall people here, and everybody is having fun.
We were fortunate to have an air chair view from our perfectly located suite in Amsterdam's nicest hotel. Since its opening in 1867, the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam has been the most prestigious hotel in town. Being the place to stay, the Amstel Hotel draws celebrity and cosmopolitan clientele from the whole world. That's the JETSETWAY.
22 Sep 2008
One of the most famous museums in the world is the Anne Frank House. It is the actual house where Anne Frank and seven others hid out from Nazis during the World War II.
The house was immortalized in Anne's diary, which told the day to day story of her family and the people who helped them during their 25 months of hiding.
Ultimately, they were betrayed and taken to concentration camps. Anne's father was the only one (of eight) who survived the war.
It is one thing to read about silently hiding out in small quarters, but it is something else to actually see the tiny living quarters.
20 Sep 2008
Amsterdam is a beautiful city. The beauty stems from its many canals that criss-cross this quiet capital of the Netherlands. This is also why Amsterdam is often referred to as "Venice of the North."
The people are tall, bonde, and almost everyone speaks English. You will be hard pressed to find a friendlier population in all of Europe.
Amsterdam is a great walking town, and a shoppers paradise. Enjoy the various neighborhoods, especially the romanticized Jordan districts and its chique Nine Streets (which house shops you will find nowhere else).
Amsterdam is also loaded with museums. Two must-sees are the Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frank House.
The city seems to have more than its fair share of young (almost hippie-like) people. This can be attributed to Holland's long liberal tradition that makes soft drugs legal and easily accessible. To most Americans, it is amazing to see how truly ordered the Dutch society is given its many freedoms.
Also not to miss is the Red Light district, Amsterdam's prostitution mecca, where girls are on display in windows like living mannequins. It is the real deal and quite a tourist attraction. They have somebody for everybody.
All that being said, where else but Amsterdam would you find a giant sculpture of well defined male genetilia?
16 Sep 2008
Saturday night, I went to an invitation only grand opening of the Hard Rock Casino Poker Room.
In true rocker style, the Poker Lounge at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino hosted an official grand opening, which included a flashy red carpet and a star-studded tournament.
It was a great event attended by who's-who of the Poker World. The gentleman on the left is Las Vegas' Mayor Oscar Goodman. Standing next to him is the immortal Godfather of Poker Doyle Brunson.
Read all about it only at CardPlayer, the Poker Authority. We can make this happen for you. That is the JETSETWAY.
13 Sep 2008
My preferred method of vacationing is cruising. I like the floating hotel concept, as it is possible to visit many places without packing, unpacking, and all the wasted time and effort getting from one hotel to another. These days it is even a bigger deal because of all of the airport hassles and delays.
I have been on 64 cruises, 33 ships and 16 cruise lines. All but two were in the last 20 years. I will be speaking in depth over time as to which ones are best for whom. I will tell you my favorites and why they are so.
During the last several years, I have booked all of my cruises through Deborah Walsh who owns Cruises Worldwide, http://www.cruisesworldwide.com. I recommend her highly.
As in many industries, small travel agencies sell their small size as an advantage because of things like personal service. On the other hand, large travel agencies also sell their size as an advantage, because they have clout. The best thing about Deborah is that she has both. Coupled with her attitude and ability to perform makes her a natural.
Let me explain. Deborah's business is small, and you will get her personal attention. Virtually all of her business is cruise business, and all of it is with the luxury lines. She is important to them (and is an extremely likeable person).
Additionally Deborah is a member of Ensemble Travel Group which is a group of agencies that have tremendous buying power, and are able to provide VIP perks regularly.
Use her and you will be happy.