Amsterdam’s Red Light District at Night

  Europeans are generally more relaxed than Americans on the world’s oldest profession, so one of the things Amsterdam has become most famous for is the sex trade in its Red Light District (‘De Wallen’ in Dutch). The Red Light district compromises some 300 rooms (kamers), where women display themselves behind windows, as they either…

Gouda: A Great Day Trip from Amsterdam!

  We previously resided in Amsterdam for over three years and saw much of the country during that time. Holland may be flat, but its countryside is particularly picturesque, especially in spring. During tulip season, the flower fields brighten the terrain alongside numerous cattle farms, green houses and windmills. And being one of the western…

Return to Amsterdam, the Prettiest City We’ve Lived In

  We just returned from a 12 day trip across the Atlantic to Belgium and the Netherlands, revisiting Amsterdam for the first time since we lived there 3 years ago. It was a fantastic trip and we already miss being in Europe. Strolling around Amsterdam reminded us that it’s the most beautiful city we’ve ever…

Happy King’s Day Netherlands!

  This marks the first in many year’s that the Netherlands will be celebrating King’s Day (Koningsdag), the biggest celebration in the country. From 1890-2013 the nation’s biggest party was known as Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) as the previous monarchs have been women. But last year on Queen’s Day, April 30th, 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne…

Happy King's Day!