Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tacky souvenir shops can be found worldwide wherever tourists congregate. In The Netherlands, a lot of these shops sell wooden shoes and other stereotypical 'Dutch' items (in Amsterdam, a lot of them also sell x-rated postcards and trinkets. I bought a fake Delft penis-shaped salt shaker that says 'love from Amsterdam' on it. How could I resist?).
This shop, with the giant wooden shoe out front just waiting to be photographed, is in Amsterdam near Dam square, the historical center of the city. It's between the red light district and Kalverstraat, the always busy shopping street in central Amsterdam, so there is a constant stream of foot traffic passing by, which makes it an ideal location for a store that sells crap to tourists.