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Ode to Amsterdam Travel

The best way to see Amsterdam is on foot or by bicycle, such pleasant ways to pass the time or commute in a city built for both. I have rediscovered the practice of walking in Amsterdam – strolling, thinking, seeing, listening – often with no fixed destination in mind, no map and when my legs are tired relying on my instincts to navigate me home. There is something so peaceful about walking without a purpose and the city of Amsterdam is designed to allow you to wander with pleasure for hours each day. Being observant has allowed me to witness many...

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Day trips from Amsterdam Travel

There is plenty to see in Amsterdam, but there are other parts of the Netherlands which are also worth a visit and can be visited on a day trip from Central station. However, while the trains, trams and buses within Amsterdam are easy to navigate and it’s simple to catch a train to other major centres, rural bus services are slightly more complicated and infrequent. It makes for a more scenic journey, but a longer and more expensive day so be prepared. Kinderdijk Kinderdijk is the best place to see windmills and only 15km east from Rotterdam so one would think it...

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Being “normal” in Amsterdam Travel

We have arrived in Amsterdam and settled into our apartment – my home for the next month and Stu’s home for two. After dragging our suitcases across cobbled streets, we lugged our suitcases up a very narrow, very steep 3 flights of stairs – technically more closely resembling a ladder. The step treads are not wide enough for a full foot and when Stu ascends his size 15 feet look comically clown like in comparison to the petit stair treads. Apparently stairs like these are common in canal houses because when they were built home owners were charged council tax...

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