Category: Tours & Activities

Visiting Keukenhof Gardens and a Bulb Farm Outside of Amsterdam

April 23, 2015

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The notable tulips

Every year I saw them again: beautiful photos of colorful fields and greenhouses filled with a wide range of flowers. I’d tell myself I’d go next year, but something always came up. Until this spring. When I saw that I could visit the Keukenhof Gardens and a real bulb farm with Viator, I packed my camera and headed to Amsterdam.

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Following in Anne Frank’s Footsteps in Amsterdam

April 23, 2015

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The story of the Jews in Amsterdam did not start and end with Anne Frank, but was part of a long and successful integration into the city that started with Sephardic Jews coming to Amsterdam from Spain and Portugal in the late 16th century. Following in Anne Frank’s footsteps in Amsterdam today means treading the paths of this community also.

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Keukenhof Gardens

April 2, 2015

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The tulips are coming out in The Netherlands – it must be springtime. Every year, March is eagerly awaited by gardeners everywhere, not just because it’s the time when plants will actually start growing again and they can get back outside with their buckets and spades, but because March is the month when Keukenhof Gardens tours start each year for its short two-month burst of splendor.

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Top Sights in Amsterdam’s Old Center

March 26, 2015

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Amsterdam’s oldest district is also its most central, focusing on Dam Square, the Oude Kerk and Nieuwmarkt as well as the canals Oudezijds Voorburgwaal and Oudezijds Achterburgwaal. Top sights in Amsterdam’s Old Center include the Red Light District; some of the best gabled architecture in the city; several excellent (and some not so good) museums; and bars, restaurants and shops by the hundred.

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Following the Tulip Bulb Route to Keukenhof

March 12, 2015

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One of Europe’s top seasonal attractions, Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse bills itself as ‘the most photographed attraction in the world’. Opening for just eight weeks every year in spring, the gardens fade quickly but the Tulip Bulb Route to Keukenhof does last for slightly longer.

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Ten Best Places for Foodies in Amsterdam

February 12, 2015

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Yes, Amsterdam is the city of great art masterpieces; canals and bridges; sex and drugs and rock’n’roll, but these days it’s fast becoming a foodie destination in its own right. Here are my suggestions for the ten best places for foodies in Amsterdam.

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Van Gogh the Ultimate Collection at the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

January 6, 2015

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Quite apart from owning the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s artwork in the world, Amsterdam now has a new attraction – a stunning display of his work at the exhibition Van Gogh the Ultimate Collection, at the Beurs van Berlage.

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10 Reasons to Visit Amsterdam for the Holidays

December 4, 2014

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Amsterdam is positively awash with Christmas magic and bonhomie in 2014, with festive fun kicking off in late November. Here are ten great reasons to visit Amsterdam for the holidays.

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New from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

December 2, 2014

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As one of the most famous museums in the world, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is best known for its fine collection of Old Master Dutch paintings, with great works by Frans Hals, Steen and Vermeer as well as Rembrandt. But now the museum has added another string to its bow; here’s what’s new from the Rijksmuseum.

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The Sights of Jewish Amsterdam

November 6, 2014

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Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter is east of the old city in the Plantage. Before WWII, this was a bustling area crammed with businesses and shops with Waterlooplein market at its heart. World War II saw Amsterdam’s Jewish community decimated but today the sights of Jewish Amsterdam can be seen in the Jewish Cultural Quarter as well as in the world-renowned Anne Frank Huis on Prinsengracht.

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