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The canals of Amsterdam in ten photos

Amsterdam is my home and there’s no other city I’d rather live in (ok, for now!). Amsterdam is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with a vibrant arts, culinary and cultural scene, and it’s all within a relatively small area. There are world-famous museums like the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and the […]

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The thing with love locks

The drawbridge that crosses the Groenburgwal canal is one of my favourite spots in Amsterdam. I always make it a point to bring visiting friends to this bridge as the view of the canal and the Southern Church are absolutely gorgeous. Recently, I’ve begun to notice the appearance of love locks (or love padlocks) on […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – a sea of tulips

Last week, I posted a plea to the Weather Gods to usher in the spring a.s.a.p.! That didn’t quite work, unfortunately. ūüėČ So, here’s some inspiration to get everyone into the mood for a colourful spring and a lovely warm summer! A walk around the tulips fields in Holland is one of my favourite things […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – snowy canal in Amsterdam

I know… it’s the first day of March but I’m hoping spring will arrive soon! This winter has been long and very cold! That said, I did enjoy the winter weather… most of the time. There was an abundance of snow in Amsterdam several times throughout this winter and I loved walking along the canals […]

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A snowy winter in Amsterdam.

A Dutch winter wonderland

It all started with a blizzard. High winds and snow that fell to the ground almost horizontally! Within a few hours, Amsterdam and almost the entire country was covered by a thick blanket of snow. Temperatures stayed below freezing for a week, ensuring the snow and ice stuck around for a while. It was cold […]

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Reasons to visit Amsterdam in 2013

I often kick off the new year with a post about my top destination picks for the year. This year, I’ve chosen just one destination: Amsterdam! It’s going to be a great year for Amsterdam with tonnes of events and celebrations commemorating various historic milestones as well as the birthdays of some of Amsterdam’s most […]

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Culinary Journey: Samhoud Places in Amsterdam

What: Fine-dining at & Samhoud Places Where: Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam Notes: I still don’t quite get the name but Amsterdam’s latest fine-dining establishment, just a stone’s throw away from the Central Station and the M√∂venpick Hotel, is already making waves in the city’s gastronomic scene. Headed by Chef Moshik, it’s clear that Samhoud Places has […]

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Mövenpick Amsterdam Рa delightful city hotel

The M√∂venpick Hotel Amsterdam is one of the newer luxury hotels in the city. Part of the Swiss luxury hotel chain of the same name, the hotel is located next to the Cruise Terminal and is a mere ten-minute walk from the Central Station, making it an attractive place to stay for both tourists and […]

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Featured destination: Amsterdam by Mövenpick Hotels

Amsterdam! My favourite city anywhere in the world… and a city I call home! World famous for its canals, charming neighbourhoods, historic monuments, museums, buzzing culinary scene and vibrant nightlife, Amsterdam is the perfect city trip. I’ve heard many people talk excitedly about their first visit to Amsterdam when they were in their early twenties. […]

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Exploring the historic towns north of Amsterdam

There are many quaint, historic towns around Amsterdam. Many of them can trace their roots back to the 16th century whilst some of them have a history that goes back even further. During the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, when Dutch merchant ships could be found in every sea in the world, these […]

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