The epic journey begins at Diss Station on a misty, cold morning
Mikey P's Stag Do in Amsterdam - 5th-7th March 2004
Mikey P and a miscellany of 12 chums and rellies travel to Amsterdam to celebrate his upcoming marriage in traditional style. Trains, Plains (at least for Andy), Ferries and feet get us to our digs for the weekend - "Durty" Nelly's bar on Warmoestraat right in the Red-Light district of town - ideally placed for such an occasion ;-). Props to Guv for organising the gig and getting us all there and back without major incident.
next album: Rainey and Sproglet visit the Swan - 10th March 2004
previous album: A Day at the (Husky) Races, Thetford Forest - 29th February 2004
The boys shelter from the drizzle and wait for the train
Mikey P starts as he means to go on with a slug of Czech Plum Whisky
On the train, Guv wonders just exactly what he's taken on...
Waiting at Maningtree
On the next train at Maningtree - Jimmy hands out his stash of sausage rolls
On the boarding gangplank at Harwich
Phil on the ferry
On the stern of the ferry. Standing up was harder than it looks as the ferry belts along at around 40 knots
Phil passes some time with a spot of virtua tennis
In the bar
In the waiting room at Hoek Van Holland
Stage 4: the train from HvH to Amsterdam, still at the station
Tim hides, Jimmy has a gingernut (add your own Wavy joke-of-choice :-)
Wavy has a wander around...
...and all the excitement makes him sleepy for a change
Finally we arrive at Durty Nelly's on Warmoesstraat in Amsterdam
Mikey P dons his stag antlers (well, fluffy pink deeley-boppers are the next-best thing)
...and gets a snog from Wavy
the lads out searching for food
Phil finds a cat milling around
Orders get taken.
Hurrah for everything!
Jimmy lookes shocked, Mikey P looks, well...
The big red light's a clue here
Bill checks the merchandise
Strolling past some 'windows'
having another beer at a bar on the edge of Dam square
Back in Nelly's bar for more beer
and more tongues
the following morning for a breakfast of bread and cheese
outside as we head off back into town for a bit of sightseeing
wandering down Brugstraat
looking over Damrak towards Centraal Station
scoping out the shops on Damrakstraat
Phil looks at some clogs
crossing Dam square in front of Koninklijk Palace
a womand cycles by with a plastic leg (for some reason)
The Anne Frank statue near the house on Prinsengracht
Nosher and Phil splinter off to look round the Anne Frank Huis - the rest of the gang head off to find a bar
Some scenes from the walk from Prinsengracht to the Market and the Heineken Experience
Primary destination achieved: the Albert Cuyptmarket on Cuypstraat
A first for Nosher, a long-time fan of Stroopwaffels, gets to eat a freshly-made, hot one
In what kicks off something of a theme, a photo of Phil with a wooden cow
The frites van where we stopped off for sustenance
Another wooden cow...
Inside the Heineken Experience, in the old brewery
Phil sticks his head in a copper tank
The brewery thoughtfully provides a beer-stop half way round (free, too)
More touristy shots on a drumkit...
...made out of Heineken barrels and suchlike
A whole wall covered completely with bottle tops
At bar 2 we get two free beers
My local chum Martin F meets up with us back in Nelly's bar and shows us around town a bit more
In Restaurant 2 - Saturday Night - the Three Sisters
Jamie, who wasn't that hungry, gets half a pig in rib form
Mikey P chews the bone
The staff are tipped off that it's Mikey's stag do, and so a special dessert is wheeled out...
...apparently, according to custom, it must be eaten without implements...
...probably for its crowd-entertaining effects
Back on the streets
and then some of the guys decide to eat again
Back at base, it's time for more beer
and som general beery photos...
Mikey P looks like toast
Upstairs in the dorm
The following morning, Mikey P and Andy do their ablutions
We have a few hours before getting the train back, and so mill around for a bit more, but with sunshine!
A last café stop
Wavy has a special moment with loading his first wallet (made out of hemp, of course)
Amsterdam Centraal Station
back on the ferry on the way home. Guv looks wistfully towards the disappearing Netherlands
In the waiting room at Ipswich Station
The End. Back at Diss.