Amsterdam – Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room

Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room

I always describe Reypenaer cheese as the kind of cheese that Dutch people buy each other for Christmas. Reypenaer is a cheese company run by the Wyngaard family and they ripen cheese in an old fashioned way and produce an exceptionally high quality end product.  There are 2 vital elements to this, first, to buy…

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…

Amsterdam – Hungry Birds – Street Food Tours

A full 4-hour food adventure in small groups of between 2 and 8 people. Hungry Birds invited me on their Daytime Experience’ and I loved it.  I was curious to see how they would make a whole tour out of Dutch street food, which, let’s face it, people can be quite dismissive about. The food…

London – Bowl of Chalk

Bowl of London Logo

At last, I’ve found a London tour that I can confidently recommend! I went on 2 thoroughly enjoyable tours, both given by Jonnie who owns a tour company called Bowl of Chalk (Cockney rhyming slang for ‘walk’). Because London is so big, Jonnie has 3 different 3-hour weekend walks that break it into smaller pieces….

Bratislava – Authentic Slovakia

Authentic Bratislava Logo

Go behind the scenes in Bratislava from the relative comfort of a vintage Skoda seat! We didn’t go in the Skoda as it was too cold so we went in their 1992 VW van instead which still had a pleasingly retro feel to it but was, apparently, and I’m happy to take Brano’s word for…

Prague – The Naked Tour Guide

Prague Skyline

Marcus has a relaxed way of making complicated history understandable, a quick laugh, and a wry sense of humor just below the surface that pokes regularly through. Lee and I went on all 3 tours, the early morning from 8am to 10am, the general historical tour fro 11am to 2pm as well as the evening…

Istanbul – My Local Guide Istanbul

Lee and I went on 3 tours in Istanbul: The Secrets of Istanbul and Istanbul Heritage, with Yunus. Both were excellent, he has such a broad knowledge of the city and its history and was very open to changing the content and route of the tour to suit us, given that were the only 2…