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 first combined these cities during Christmas break of my senior year in college in 2000. Since then I’ve made many repeat 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 Amsterdam is picturesque, there are many…

Ultimate Tips on Visiting Amsterdam!

Amsterdam is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. 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 guided a small group tour through Belgium and Holland. Here are our ultimate tips on visiting Amsterdam! Don’t Stay in the Red…

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 over three years and were able to experience a lot of the country. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. So they have an efficient train system that connects many lovely towns and villages as you cross a scenic landscape filled with colorful tulips in…