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The narrowest houses in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's narrowest house

Amsterdam houses tend to be quite narrow. But sometimes this narrowness is taken to extremes! Which is the narrowest depends on how you define narrow. Do you take into account only the width of the facade? Does it matter if the house widens away from the street. I think so.

Amsterdam Drinking Water

Deer by lake

  Nice restaurants provide a free carafe of tap water on request. This is how the conversation goes: Waiter: Would you like water? You: Yes please. Waiter: Still or with gas? (Almost tricking you into ordering a bottle.) You: Tap water will be perfect thank you, I hear you have wonderful tap water here, I’ve been…

Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Forever!

Keukenhof Gardens vista

Early spring is tulip time and a fantastic time of year to visit Holland. Keukenhof Gardens is an extravaganza of shapes and colours of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, lilies, cherry blossom, apple blossom, wisteria, and a whole lot more too! If you visit Amsterdam in April you really must visit Keukenhof Gardens. People often ask…

Amsterdam – Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room

Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room

Reypenaer Cheese is fabulous. I always describe it as the kind of cheese that Dutch people buy each other for Christmas. They buy really high-quality cheese and they let them age slowly and carefully. If I could only eat 2 more Dutch kinds of cheese in my life, ever, they would be the 10-month goat’s…

Budapest – Budapest Guide

Budapest Skyline

Andrea of Budapest guide is the owner/operator of Budapest guide and gives excellent and affordable private tours. Disclaimer: I’ve not actually been on a tour of her’s yet but I added her here as she comes so highly recommended by customers on my tours. Andrea is not only recommended by my clients but also Rick…

Paris – Sight Seeker’s Delight

Eiffel Tower

One of the great things about living in Amsterdam is being so close to Paris! Lee and I love tours and we make a point of trying other tour companies in different cities. We saw a good deal on the TVG train and hopped on board for a day trip to Paris to try out…

De Belhamel – French – €€

De Belhamel French Restaurant Interior

De Belhamel is a long-established and much-loved restaurant in Amsterdam and I don’t know why it took me so long to eat there. Well, I did today and it was fabulous. It is the kind of place you can really push the boat out and have a superb – and to be fair pricey –…

Zaanse Schans Windmills

Windmill at Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is very pretty but very touristy. There is a museum and then various so-called museums that are actually shops, like the Bakery Museum, the Cheese Farm. What is totally worth seeing are the windmills along the river. I went the sawmill and the oil mill, €4 entry to each windmill. There is…

A History of the World’s Most Liberal City – Russell Shorto

Amsterdam Book by Russell Shorto

This is my favorite read about Amsterdam. Mr. Shorto writes narrative history, so picks out lives of people and uses them to illustrate and enrich the historical tale. I cannot recommend reading this book enough, preferably before you visit. It will enhance your stay here and probably get you coming back for more. I cheekily…