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A unique experience in Amsterdam: Sauna Deco

  If you are looking for a unique experience in Amsterdam, I always recommend a Comedy Walk, a city walk with a comedian as guide. You can’t blame me as I am the co-founder of Comedy Walks. But if you are into spa and wellness, I would also highly recommend a visit to Sauna Deco….

Wat te doen in Utrecht dit weekend: 5x de beste tips

Utrecht is de ideale stad voor een weekendje weg! Het is een prachtige historische stad met veel bezienswaardigheden, maar ook heerlijk om gewoon door heen te slenteren. En niet onbelangrijk, Utrecht heeft ongelofelijk veel gezellige eettentjes voor lunch en diner of gewoon een drankje. Maar wat te doen in Utrecht? Tijdens een weekendje Utrecht kun…

Citytrip Utrecht: Central Museum

Utrecht is a great city for a daytrip. The wharves and wharf cellars at the Oudegracht (English: Old Canal) remain mind-blowing and the view from the Domtoren is always mesmerizing (see my earlier blog on the Domtoren). Now, I have an addition to your Must-Definitely-Do List: the Centraal Museum (in English: Central Museum). I was…

ARTZUID: Amsterdam sculpture biennale 2021

The ARTZUID outdoor sculpture exhibition takes place every two years and seems to grow larger each edition. You will find most of the sculptures at the Apollolaan and Minervalaan in Amsterdam Zuid (Amsterdam South). If you love outdoor exhibitions of sculptures, this is the place to be! And no rush, it is on till 17…

Dagje Utrecht: Domtoren

Ik vind Utrecht één van de leukste steden van Nederland en zal er de komende weken regelmatig te vinden zijn. Er is zoveel te doen en te ontdekken en het is bijna allemaal lopend te doen. Wil je meteen een goed beeld van Utrecht krijgen? Dan mag je het uitzicht vanaf de oude Domtoren niet…

Traditional Dutch food: oliebollen (o-lee-bollun)

What do you mean there is no traditional Dutch food?? Let me introduce you to the deep-fried (raisin) buns, famously known as the oliebol (pronounce as: o-lee-bol) as one of the most popular traditional foods/snacks in the Netherlands. The history of the oliebol goes back hundreds of years and first appeared in a Dutch cooking book in…

The famous 9 little streets in Amsterdam

The 9 little streets (in Dutch: 9 Straatjes) are very popular, both with locals, tourists and expats, and are located in the canal belt area right behind the Royal Palace on the Dam (click here to read my blog about the Royal Palace).  It actually consists of 9 small picturesque shopping streets: the Gasthuismolensteeg, Hartensteeg,…

Rembrandt 360: a stunning photographic replica of Rembrandt’s Night Watch

Picture this: a very high resolution photographic replica of Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch with real people and accessories in its original format (on a 4m x 5m  canvas). This is for real! I visited the exhibition Rembrandt 360 in July but due to its mega success the exhibition is extended till the end of October. …

The Royal Palace Amsterdam on Dam square

The Royal Palace Amsterdam on Dam square is often called the most prestigious monument from the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. This palace was originally built as a Town Hall and that probably explains why I was never really impressed by it’s exterior appearance. However, the moment you step inside you plunge into…

The most beautiful terraces by the water in Amsterdam

In summer it can be very hot in Amsterdam; this week it will be >35° C (>85° F). What is a better place to cool down then at a terrace by the water with a refreshing drink in your hand? So here is a list of my favorite, most beautiful terraces by the water in…

The beautiful hortus botanicus in Amsterdam

Time to relax? The beautiful hortus botanicus in Amsterdam is the best place to just relax during your stay in Amsterdam. There are plenty of places where you can sit quietly and smell the fragrant flowers in this beautiful garden. I prefer to take a coffee-to-go from the hortus cafe, the Orangery, along the curving…

The best places for coffee in Amsterdam

Where are the best places for coffee in Amsterdam? Visitors, expats and even locals often ask me about the best places for coffee in Amsterdam. I am not a coffee expert, but I really appreciate a good espresso, cortado and occasionally a cappuccino. Equally important to me is the ambiance. So here is a list…

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