Renting an apartment in Amsterdam is a great alternative to staying in an impersonal hotel, as most of the apartments on the books of Amsterdam Apartments are rather swanky. Adding to the glamour of taking up a delightful shortstay accommodation is Amsterdam’s tremendous allure for the rich and the famous.
Many well to do people own property here, and as it goes with the ever busy moneymakers, they don’t have an awful lot of time for hanging out in quaint little Amsterdam. One example is Louis van Gaal, who happens to be a bit tied up with the Dutch football team, what with the World Cup an’ all. So he made news headlines recently by putting up for rent his penthouse overlooking the IJ river. It’s not us at Amsterdam Apartments who are involved with it, as we guarantee our rented accommodations, how shall I put it, have taste…
With the historic part of Amsterdam’s city centre being larger than any city’s in Europe, and with most of our rentals being located in these quarters, Amsterdam Apartments has many better deals on offer than the bland duplex Van Gaal offers for several thousand smackers a month.
Even a neighbourhood like the Jordaan, officially not part of the inner city, was once home to famous and wealthy figures including Rembrandt van Rijn, Baruch Spinoza, and the poet Joost van den Vondel. So there is absolutely no scarcity of great accommodations, believe me.
If you are insistent on exploring Amsterdam’s football links, you might be tempted to look around the Akkerstraat where Johan Cruijff grew up – you know, that footballer who preceded Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten and is synonymous with totaal voetbal.
You will find that the Akkerstraat is a bit of a concrete jungle on the periphery of the city, which is probably why Cruijff is now living on a mountain overlooking Barcelona.He does however visit Amsterdam regularly.
“After having trod on the waters of the Amsterdam IJ very briefly, he receded swiftly into his mountain on Barcelona”, a Dutch football journalist writes in a piece describing Cruijff's most recent flying visit to his home town. It is as if Gabriel Garcia Marquez penned the article. In a sense, that is not too surprising, because Cruijff, who he refers to as ‘god’, has taken on mythical proportions in the communal Dutch football consciousness. And Brazil 2014 will only exacerbate this infectious nonsense. “He had thought it too cold there, his toes had curled up, his spirit husked in a mist that hovered over the dark waters and he had soon abandoned them, went up in mysterious smoke, as sudden as he had come, leaving both his old and new followers in utter desolation.” Honest to god (the real one), those are the very words this journalist employs. He must have been joking.
Amsterdam is also known for its street football, which gives you an entirely different take on the sport. Nevertheless, the likes of Cruijff will continue to put their stamp too on the events during the World Cup in Brazil. If you ask me, you're best off investing in a little Dutch phrasebook to translate the Cruijffianisms you’ll encounter during the World Cup. Because Cruijff even invented sayings whilst explaining the art of soccer. These sayings, which to the foreigner read like they might have been those used by the four legged creatures in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, are now in widespread use in the Netherlands, so I am told. They include brain bogglers like "Every advantage has its disadvantage" and "Soccer is simple, but the most difficult thing is simple soccer." Two-nil for god.