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I do not remember exactly where I saw this funny pub, but it was only one minute from the Old Church and it means, it was in the Red Light District. So instead of a sexy woman making her twists and turns in the window (it is stricly prohibited to make photos there) here is this boy going out of the bar. I found it amazing that the church is all surrounded by sex business. Impossible in Poland. On the other side of the church was a mini museum "Historische Bordeelkamer" but my Museum Card was not valid for it :) (and I saved 15 euro). I found the area interesting and nice. Nothing to be afraid of even if I was walking there alone with a camera. In the Old Church I saw very interesting photo exhibition "World Press photo". I knew some photos from Internet but it is other impression to look at the big prints.

Amsterdam guidebook:
The Rossebuurt (Dutch for ‘pink’ or ‘red’ neighbourhood) is in fact one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city with its long winding narrow, cobbled streets and utterly charming 14th century architecture, such as the Gothic Oude Kerk, or Old Church. The Red Light District simply oozes charm and one cannot help but admire the old buildings that lean at odd-angles, and the tree-enshrouded canals. Music, especially during the summer season, invites you to linger just that little bit longer while the arrival of new classier eateries and great authentic restaurants such as Café Pacifico, one of Europe 's first Mexican restaurants, make it so appealing. Recently resurfaced streets, restored facades and trendier clientele to the area are now transforming what was once a dark and seedy part of town.

Amsterdam prides itself, and rightly so, on its wholly liberal and tolerant attitude, embracing the fact that people may be into prostitution, soft drugs and pornography-and this is only human. So instead of criminalizing everything, this very upfront city wears its heart on its sleeve-what you see is generally what you get. Enjoy the honesty of it all, as you won’t find it anywhere else.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4849 W: 81 N: 12174] (72098)
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