Reasons Not to Visit Amsterdam

We lived in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2011. It’s a beautiful city with an easily walkable UNESCO World Heritage historic center. Unfortunately, these days it’s frequently overrun with tourists. During our last visit there in 2015, we were shocked at how packed the city was over a September weekend. While Amsterdam is beautiful, there are…

Ultimate Tips on Visiting Amsterdam!

Amsterdam, one of the world’s most beautiful cities for romance and great times. We were fortunate to live in Amsterdam’s UNESCO listed city center for over 3 years, and have written about Amsterdam many times. I even guided a small group tour through Belgium and Holland in 2015. These are some general tips on visiting Amsterdam,…

What Are the Best Olympic Cities to Visit?

Amid controversies over viruses, pollution, and doping, the 2016 Rio Olympics are underway. But for all the criticism and second guessing that Brazil has faced, once the games begin, the spotlight is where it should be: on the athletes and the culture of the host nation. Many also questioned whether Athens could pull off a…

10 Awesome Day Trips From Amsterdam

We lived in Amsterdam for 3 and 1/2 years and we were able to experience most of the city and much of the country. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated nations in the world and has a fantastic train system that efficiently connects so many picturesque towns and villages as you wiz…