Las Frutas Prohibidas – Amsterdam Gay Pride 2012

This group of ladies attend most, if not all of the lifestyle events around the Netherlands.

Officially, this year they are calling themselves

“Las Fruitas Prohibidas”

rather than “Las Frutas Prohibidas” but they declined to comment on why.

So, rather than get into a long discussion about them, here are some pictures
of them from this year’s costumes, a couple from last year’s theme –

“Marie Antoinette”

and a couple from a group of ladies in costumes made from supermarket
shopping bags and spotted at the “Hartjesdagen 2011”

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People of the Gay Pride Canal Parade Amsterdam 2012

This is part 2 of the 2012 Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade and is all about
the people who are attending, watching, or just partying along the parade route.

A wonderfully happy and relaxed mood was everywhere and I saw nothing
but positivity and togetherness.

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Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade 2012

The Amsterdam Gay Pride festival is a weel-long event ending with many parties
concerts, events and eventually a parade on the canals. The route winds through
most of the  city and people come from all over the world to attend the festivities.

There is a lot to do and see, but the overall vibe of the city is extremely positive
and focuses on awareness, education, understanding, health, acceptance and

Even if you are not personally interested in same-sex relationships, this
event is still a lot of fun and I did not see anyone having a bad time or
even in a bad mood.

I will break the event into 3 parts. The first is the Canal Parade itself with
focus on the floats, boats and procession.

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The Beautiful Light of Amsterdam

It rains a lot here in the Netherlands. I’m not complaining because I have lived so many
years in places that experience almost no rain, and this is a welcomed change.

But after a while of seeing only grey days, the sun occasionally breaks through and
on those days it is nothing short of glorious.

I took a little walk around and took some pictures of the light, the buildings,
the sky, the streets, the trees and the people.

From the Entrepotdok around the outside of the city center, past Central Station, through
the heard of the city and back home again.

I never get tired of ‘the beautiful light’

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Sakelicious! The first Japanese liquor store in Europe


A few weeks ago, I was walking home late one night and saw a new store near my house.

The place looks AWESOME, and is filled with only Japanese liquors, Sake, Whiskey, Beer and
Shochu (a sort of a distilled beverage, usually made from rice, sweet potato or brown sugar
and which is very popular among Japanese.

But it was closed… well, today I called them and went down to get the low-down.

I met with the founder and owner Tim Vloeimans and his partner Ilias Bel Hach
and learned all about the shop, about Sake, Shochu and cruised through their
impressive selection.

I love Sake, but it is nearly impossible to find premium Sake here. Well, that has now
changed. They have a great selection of premium Sake and much, much more.

Located on the Nieuwe Amstelstraat 111, near the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam,
the shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 am to 20.00 pm.

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