London, Brussels, Amsterdam: One Week Itinerary

By Alex Kallimanis: A week’s vacation in London, Brussels, and Amsterdam is a great idea, especially for beginners to European travel. I combined these cities during Christmas break of my senior year in college in 2000. Since then I’ve made many return trips to London and Brussels and even lived in Amsterdam for 3 and…

guild houses of the Groke Market, Brussels

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 previous visit in 2015, we were shocked at how packed the city was over a September weekend. While it is picturesque, there are many…

Amsterdam Singel canal and 17th century guild houses

Ultimate Tips on Visiting Amsterdam!

Amsterdam is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It’s a place that pleasantly surprises many visitors. One of the only downsides is that it is often packed with tourists. We were fortunate to live in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city center for over three years, and have written about Amsterdam many times. I even…

Amsterdam Singel canal and 17th century guild houses

Happy New Year! And What’s in Store for 2016

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you brought in 2016 in a fun way surrounded by those you love. We recently recapped our American travels in 2015 that saw us visit 16 states, some of them multiple times, and two visits to Washington, D.C. We also traveled in five other countries and want to recap…

10 Great Day Trips From Amsterdam

The Netherlands is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with a train system that efficiently connects medieval era villages to beachside towns. Visualize impressionist paintings as you cross scenic landscapes dotted with colorful tulips in the spring, a particularly lovely time to visit Holland. While Amsterdam is a unique city, many smaller Dutch…

day trips from Amsterdam