My Favorite Foods of Europe

Yummy Stroopwafels

To travel is to taste the world. And Europe presents a particularly eclectic hotchpotch of flavours. From the strange to the sublime, I’ve sampled various dishes and foodstuffs throughout my jaunts across the continent and here (in no particular order) are some of my personal favourites: Gran Canaria Though the Atlantic archipelago presents a popular European mix of English, German and Italian ... Read Full Article

Visit Amsterdam’s Zoo for Family-Friendly Fun

Tray Bike Eateries. Courtesy of Artis Zoo

Amsterdam is well known for its history, art, and adult entertainment, but when I found myself wandering the historic canals and streets with a 3-year-old niece on my shoulders, I had to find something a little more family friendly. Enter the Amsterdam Artis Royal Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra). With over 1.2 million visitors each year, the zoo is the second-most visited site in Amsterdam ... Read Full Article

10 Ways to Beat Jet Lag in Amsterdam

Red Light District by Rungbachduong

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is one of busiest airports in Europe, and I’ve often found myself fighting a case of jet lag when arriving in Amsterdam at the beginning my European travels. From experience, here is a list of tips for beating jet lag in Amsterdam that take into consideration the city’s unique style, sights, and activities. 1. Visit a Coffee Shop (No, not that kind) Marijuana ... Read Full Article

Amsterdam’s Ever-Evolving Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Luckily, we had a free day in Amsterdam to visit the newly re-opened Rijksmuseum before our AMAWaterways Tulip Time Cruise. With complementary admission to the Rijksmuseum and a citi-card from the Amsterdam Tourist Office, we were on our way, taking the fabulous local bus system to the Museumplein and a short walk to the Museum. Founded in 1800, the Rijksmuseum is the premier history and ... Read Full Article

The Ravenous Traveler: A Fresher than Fresh Restaurant Recommendation in Amsterdam

Dining Room at De Kas

Before visiting The Netherlands, I wasn’t sure what type of food the Dutch eat. I had a vague idea or two, but both ideas were pickled. Could one subsist on pickled foods alone? I truly hoped not. For a fine-dining meal with some of the freshest ingredients available in all of Europe, check out Restaurant De Kas on your next trip to Amsterdam. Located inside of a beautiful greenhouse in Klein ... Read Full Article

Hiding Away in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

  It’s not so much bright lights, big city in Amsterdam – but, of course, red lights. Though many visitors are still intent on ticking the tourist track highlights and ubiquitous sex industry scenes, I’ve visited on several occasions and have to say that – for me – Amsterdam stands out as a city with a powerful and palpable history. The first time I visited I was lucky enough to ... Read Full Article

Amsterdam in Black and White

Amsterdam

  During a business trip in Almere, I had the chance to visit Amsterdam for the first time and enjoyed the amazing network of channels passing through the city. I want to share with you Amsterdam in a black and white mood. ************ ************ ************ ************ ************ About Guest Contributor, Andrea Albertino:  Born in 1982 ... Read Full Article

A Photo Tour of Amsterdam Architecture

A red door in Amsterdam

  From 17th century brick buildings inspired by Gothicism and French classicism to ultra-modern buildings that would make even London’s Gherkin blush; Amsterdam’s architecture seems to come at you from all angles. In fact, rotting wooden foundations have made many buildings list threateningly, and architect Renzo Piano has even built a museum that looks like it’s sinking in the middle of ... Read Full Article

Visit Three Quaint Villages on a Day Trip from Amsterdam

Volendam

  The Netherlands has so many fascinating cities that it’s tempting to ignore the verdant countryside. However, this isn’t just any countryside: this is The Netherlands, where two-thirds of the land is below sea level and the vast green fields are framed and dissected by canals. The three villages of Volendam, Edam, and Marken are less than 45 minutes from Amsterdam by bus, and visitors ... Read Full Article

Recommended Amsterdam Hotels and Hostels

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  If you’re looking for a place to stay in Amsterdam, then you basically have to choose between being in the middle of the madness or being slightly removed from it. Ever since Holland decriminalized the sale and use of marijuana, this place has become a pilgrimage spot for any young rebel worth his/her weight in booze and intoxicants. Visitors and locals alike tend to party real hard in ... Read Full Article