How to Spend One Day in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Dutch capital, known for its elaborate canal system dotted with narrow houses adorned with gabled facades, a legacy of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District is home to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum (home to Rembrandt and Vermeer works) and Stedelijk modern art museum. Schipol Airport is the third…

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…

Is Amsterdam a Good Move for You?

  As we’re about to embark on yet another international move, this time from Dublin to Boston, we wanted to reflect back on the move that took us from Tampa to Amsterdam, where we lived for 3 and 1/2 years. Amsterdam is one of the best preserved 17th century cities in Europe, and the city…