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My kinda place...



Actor Vivek.

Amsterdam

What I like about it:

I like everything about this land of flowers. If it is Amsterdam, it has to be love at first sight. The tulip fields all over appear like carpets of flowers. Pink, green, violet, yellow... the place looks like a colourful canvas. The colours, aroma and cool breeze are a perfect treat to the senses. They have a therapeutic effect on the body and the mind. Not surprisingly, you find many elderly people here, who seem to be leading a quiet life in the company of Nature. What's nice about the place is that they are treated with a lot of respect. With several small ponds and lakes all around, fishing is a favourite pastime. Besides, the sight of beautiful swans on the water presents a perfect backdrop for a romantic number.

Getting to know the place:

As Holland is below sea level, you get that strange feeling that people here live under constant fear that the sea may overflow and enter the city. Most of the land is used for agricultural purposes. So one can see huge windmills everywhere. There are several vineyards too. Interestingly, a visit to the rural areas is an out-of-the-world experience. The villages appear picture perfect, quite like Sabu Cyril's sets.

My stay:

I was there for the shooting of the recently released film "Anniyan". The role required me to be clad in a panjakkacham and angavastram. And most locals thought I was out of my mind. Some even came up to me and warned that I might freeze to death. Once the shot was over I would immediately rush for my pullover to keep myself warm. In that biting cold we would start work at 5.30 in the morning. The sun sets here only by eight in the evening. After shooting I would just take a walk around admiring Nature's glory.

The food:

It added to the thrill as you get all kinds of Indian food. Many Punjabis run restaurants here which serve the best of north Indian cuisine. For the health conscious, there's an amazing variety of salads and fruits. And of course, there's Heineken beer too.

And memories:

Miniature replicas of the windmills, the shoes the locals wear and the tulips that I brought back will keep me reminding of this heavenly place.

The actor spoke to
CHITRA SWAMINATHAN

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