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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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36 hours in Berlin Travel

A weekend in Berlin was organised on a whim – it was 24 hours between making our bookings and drinking a German beer in Germany. Quite a novelty for 3 Australians when travelling an hour by plane would normally only land us in another state, not another country!  I didn’t have any expectations beyond beer, schnitzel, sausage, pork knuckle and history of WWII and the Cold War so by that measure, the weekend was a success. However, when someone asked the three of us us if we had a great time in Berlin we all stayed silent with tilted heads and brows...

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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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Simple salmon parcels Dine in

We were having friends over for dinner on a school night and I had grand plans of making roast chicken but… traffic was bad (it takes the longest time to travel the shortest distance in Sydney), the sapphire fell out of my engagement ring and time was marching on so by the time I arrived home I had no interest in making anything complicated! I was first introduced to cooking en papillote (meaning in parchment) when I was living in France. It is basically dinner in a bag – all your ingredients are wrapped in paper/foil and baked. It’s a...

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