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The canals of Amsterdam in 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 Staalmeester 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) […]

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A sea of tulips

A walk around the tulips fields in Holland is one of my favourite things to do in spring. There are guided walks that will lead you through a dazzling sea of tulips. Many people ask me where to see the tulip fields in The Netherlands. The most popular flower-growing area in Holland is around the […]

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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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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 Mövenpick 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 – a delightful city hotel

The Mövenpick 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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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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Ten things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is my home and my favourite city in the world. I may be biased but I consider it a true privilege to live in this remarkable city. I vividly remember the first time I visited Amsterdam more than twenty years ago. I walked down the Damrak, the main thoroughfare from the Central Station to […]

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Plane views: Amsterdam

Amsterdam from a plane window. It’s a view I’ve always wanted to capture on camera but the chances of flying directly across the centre of Amsterdam on a commercial airliner are quite small considering that Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has five runways fanned out in different directions. Then you have to take the weather into account! […]

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The Dutch winter frenzy

It’s that time of the year again, when the thermometer hanging outside my window shows a lower reading than the display on my freezer. When I first moved to the Netherlands more than 20 years ago, one of the first things that caught my attention was the Dutch people’s preoccupation with ice. As soon as […]

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