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Saturday 20 July 2024

Ted Lasso In Amsterdam

Painted Dutch Elephant Amsterdam.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Address: Raamgracht, 1011 KK
Date: May 2024
Website: iamsterdam.com

    Ted Lasso is a television show starring Jason Sedeikis as the title character. It is about an American college football coach who ends up coaching a British football team called AFC Richmond. In England, football is the same as American soccer. In season 3 episode 6, Ted Lasso's team take a trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands. We also found ourselves in Amsterdam and while we were there we visited a few of the filming locations from this episode.
Higgins & Will

Prins Hendrik Hotel Amsterdam.

    The first storyline we will look at follows Leslie Higgins, the Director of Football Operations, and Will the new equipment manager. Leslie brings Will to the Prins Hendrik Hotel to explain his love of jazz music.

Chet Baker Monument Prins Henrik Hotel Amsterdam.

    Leslie explains to Will that it was Chet Baker who got him interested in jazz. Chet Baker is a well known jazz trumpet player and singer who died at this hotel. Jeremy Swift who plays Leslie Higgins is also a skilled jazz player and he proves that later in the episode on the double bass. The monument that Higgins shows Will explains that Chet died here on May 13, 1988.

Chet Baker In The Prins Hendrik Hotel Amsterdam.

    Chet fell from a second floor window of the hotel. His photo has been placed in the window. He had a history of drug addiction and his death was ruled as an accident. Higgins says, "We only know this. Drugs are bad."

Jamie & Roy & Bond

Magere Brug or Skinny Bridge Amsterdam.

   Roy Kent wants Jamie Tartt to get some training while in Amsterdam. Jamie Tartt is a new star on the team while Roy is a veteran player and now coach of AFC Richmond. Jamie makes Roy chase him around the city. One place they visit is a bridge known as Skinny Bridge or Magere Brug. This bridge only allows pedestrian and of course, bicycle traffic to cross.
Canal Boats Pass Under The Skinny Bridge In The Amstel River.

    Jamie points out to Roy that this bridge was seen in the major motion picture, James Bond's Diamonds Are Forever. In that movie, a canal boat passes under the bridge while Mr Wint and Mr Kidd stand on top of it taking pictures. The boat tour gets a little more than they bargained for as they see the police fishing a body out of the river. That reminds us of a boat ride we took down the Thames in London, England. Mr Wint and Mr Kidd's comments lead us to believe that they are responsible for the body in the canal.

Rondvaart Koou.  Boat Cruises On The Rokin Canal Amsterdam.

   When Roy politely asks Jamie to stop for a second they are at the boat cruise stations beside the Rokin Canal.  Rondvaart in Dutch means cruise. There is another Bond connection here as the Rederij P. Kooij tour company provided the canal boat for Diamonds Are Forever.

Prins Willem-Alexander Canal Boat

    Even better, the exact boat is still operating. It changed its name from Prins Willem-Alexander to Koning Willem-Alexander when the real Prince Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands in 2013. The boat can be found in the Rokin canal next to the little Dutch elephant with long, yellow braids.

Diamond Factory Windmill Amsterdam.

  Roy Kent catches his breath while sitting down on one of the concrete posts in front of the Diamond Factory. He sits on the last post which can just barely be seen (in the photo above) on the far right, between the planter and the street light. It is here that he points at the Diamond Factory windmill and declares that all windmills are fake.

Rokin Canal Ted Lasso Location Amsterdam.

    Jamie decides to round up some bicycles and go and find a windmill. It turns out that Roy has never learned to ride a bike so Jamie teaches him in front of the Allard Pierson Museum. After a little frustation, a few falls and a thrown bike, Roy finally gets the hang of it. The pair goes off in search of a real windmill.

Colin & Trent

Westerkerk Amsterdam

  The next storyline follows another AFC Richmond player named Colin. He leaves the rest of the team at the hotel deciding what to do and heads out into Amsterdam by himself. He ends up at a gay bar named Prik and runs out when Trent Crimm, a reporter who is writing a book about the team, sees him there. Trent tells Colin that he knows his secret and they end up sitting at the edge of the canal near Westerkerk (the Western Church). When the bells of the church toll, Trent mentions that Anne Frank heard those same bells every night.

Homomonument Amsterdam.

     Colin says she lived very close to this big pink triangle. They are sitting in front of Homomonument which was placed here in 1987. It commemorates gays and lesbians who are persecuted because of their sexual orientation.
Rebecca & The Man With A Houseboat

Rebecca Falls From This Bridge In Amsterdam On Ted Lasso.

    The final storyline has Rebecca, the owner of AFC Richmond, going for a stroll through Amsterdam. She stops on this bridge where Groenburgwal canal meets Raamgracht canal because she answers a phone call.

Light Purple House In Amsterdam.

    You can see the houses behind her. The light purple one on the left really stands out.

Ted Lasso Mystery Man Amsterdam Houseboat.

    As bicycles whiz past Rebecca, a man on the houseboat on the left whistles at her and says, "I have to say something to this beautiful woman."
Houseboat Where Rebecca Meets A Mystery Man On Ted Lasso.

     A bike rider comes close to hitting her and Rebecca loses her balance. She flips over the railing and into the canal.What is it that the mystery man wanted to tell her?  "You're walking in the bike lane."

Raamgracht Canal As Seen In Ted Lasso.

    Rebecca gets out of the canal and the mystery man welcomes her into his houseboat. She takes a shower while her clothes dry and ends up enjoying a nice dinner and a few drinks. Her and the mystery man end up spending the night talking and having a great time. The next day she joins the rest of the team on their bus. Everyone from Ted Lasso had a great time in Amsterdam and so did we.

Thursday 20 June 2024

Gillie & Marc

     Gillie & Marc Logo

       Gillie & Marc are a married couple who are known for the sculptures that they create together. Their work can be found on public streets all around the world. They are best known for their sculptures of Rabbitwoman and Dogman. They also have a strong focus on endangered animals. You can find out more about the artists and where their sculptures can be found at gillieandmarc.com. Below are some of the Gillie & Marc sculptures we have encountered in our travels. Many of their sculptures are on temporary exhibition before they move on to a new location.

    Paparazzi Dogs

    Gillie & Marc Paparazzi Dogs San Francisco USA
      These paparazzi dogmen were the first Gillie & Marc sculpture that we recall seeing. They were located on Powell Street in San Francisco. They were taking photos of people coming out of an H&M store inside the Elevated Shops building. The dogmen are a combination of Marc and his weimaraner dog named Indie.

    Coffee Table Of Love
    Gillie & Marc Coffee Table Of Love Manhattan Park Ave
     In New York City at Park Ave and East 46th Street you will find Coffee Table Of Love. Dogman is joined by Rabbitwoman for a cup of coffee. There are two more stools at the table for passerbys to join the half animal, half human couple.
    Coffee Table Of Love Rabbitwoman New York.
      Rabbitwoman in based on Gillie and an unknown rabbit. Rabbitwoman holds a coffee and looks across at Dogman.
    Coffee Table Of Love Dogman New York.

       Dogman holds a coffee and looks across at Rabbitwoman.

    Love Negotiation
    Love Negotiation Gillie & Marc Toronto Canada

      In Toronto, Canada there is another Rabbitwoman and Dogman sculpture on Scollard Street. This time they are sitting at a smaller coffee table with no room for anyone else to join them. 
    Love Negotiation Dogman Gillie & Marc Toronto CanadaLove Negotiation Rabbitwoman Gillie & Marc Toronto Canada

     When we took these pictures there had been a recent snowfall so the sculptures had a layer of snow on them. These versions of Dogman and Rabbitwoman had some colour in them. Dogman was sporting a blue suit and Rabbitwoman wore a red dress. Neither of them was dressed for the weather.
    He Was On A Wild Ride To A Safer Place With Rabbitwoman & Dogman
    He Was On A Wild Ride To A Safer Place With Rabbitwoman & Dogman

      At the time of posting this blog there was another Gillie & Marc sculpture in Toronto at David Pecaut Square. Dogman and Rabbitwoman are sharing a tandem bicylce with a rhinoceros. You can join them in the last seat. This sculpture is temporary and will leave Toronto in 2025. Who knows where it might end up. 
    He Was On A Wild Ride To A Safer Place With Rabbitwoman & Dogman.  Love The Last.
      The rhino is there to represent the campaign called Love The Last. This is meant to raise awareness of endangered animal species. We tried to see their sculpture called The Last Three in New York City, but it was gone when we got there. The sculpture represented the last three northern white rhinos on earth. Only two remain alive today.
    The Travellers Have Arrived

    The Travellers Have Arrived Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas

      While other sculptures show Dogman and Rabbitwoman enjoying coffee or riding a bike, this sculpture in Las Vegas is quite different. The two half human, half animals are riding a donkey naked through the Cosmopolitan hotel. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

    Monday 20 May 2024

    De Waag Doesburg

    De Waag Doesburg

    Location: Doesburg, Netherlands
    Address: Koepoortstraat 2-4
    Date: May 2024
    Website: waagdoesburg.nl

        De Waag means the weigh house. Across the Netherlands, these were large public buildings and they contained scales used to weigh goods. When goods came into town they would be weighed and taxes could also be imposed. These buildings were very common prior to there being an international standard for weights as different towns might use a different method of weight measurement. De Waag in Doesburg has been around since 1478 and the metric system was not around until about 1790.

    De Waag Doesburg Giant Weighing Scale
        Inside De Waag one of the giant scales can still be found hanging from the roof.

    De Waag Oerblond Hanzebier.

       De Waag in Doesburg also claims to have the distinction of being the oldest operating restaurant in the Netherlands. This is because the owner of the weigh house also had a monopoly on foreign beers and ran a pub from the same facility. We tried their De Waag Oerblond Hanzebier.

    De Waag Tap Specials

      De Waag offers many beers on tap. They also offer what is known as Trappist beer. La Trappe in the Netherlands has been producing beer since 1884.  The beer is brewed under strict conditions. It is brewed on the grounds of a Trappist monastery either by or under the supervision of the monks that live there. The monks cannot profit from the beer production so any profits in excess of what they need is given to charities. The monks are monastic which means they are devoted fully to spiritual work.

    De Waag Doesburg Interior.

       The high ceilings in the restaurant were once needed for the large weighing scales but now just enhance the interior. 
    De Waag Doesburg Chandelier

        We enjoyed a nice meal sitting under one of the giant chandeliers. We did order a beet burger and received a beef burger, but we may have fared better if we ordered in Dutch.

    Looking Down The Street From De Waag Doesburg.

       You don't have to know someone who was born there or briefly lived in the town to visit Doesburg. It is a nice little town in its own right and has been a city since 1237. While you are there you can eat at Netherland's oldest restaurant De Waag.

    Map of Our World
    De Waag Doesburg

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