An Overnight Stop at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

HOTEL REVIEW: MöVENPICK HOTEL AMSTERDAM CITY CENTRE IS NOT AS CENTRAL AS THE NAME IMPLIES: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is a 408-room 4-star hotel belonging to the Mövenpick hotel chain. Although the name of the hotel implies a city centre location, Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is actually not in central Amsterdam. The hotel […]

A Touch of Luxury at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

HOTEL REVIEW – OUR 3-DAY STAY AT THE HOTEL OKURA AMSTERDAM WAS MOST ENJOYABLE: Hotel Okura Amsterdam is a 300-room luxury hotel in the trendy De Pijp district, south of the city centre. This modern five-star hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, a luxury hotel consortium. We stayed here for […]

Van der Valk Hotel Middleburg

Van der Valk Hotel

HOTEL REVIEW: GREAT “LIVE COOKING” BUFFET DINNER AT THE VAN DER VALK HOTEL: On route from Luxembourg to Rotterdam, we stopped at the Van der Valk Hotel Middleburg for one night. This 4-star modern Middleburg hotel is a part of the well-established Van der Valk Hotel group which is the largest hospitality chain in the […]

A Unique Visit to FloraHolland Aalsmeer

Aalsmeer Auction Centre

AALSMEER IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS “THE FLOWER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD”: On a recent trip to Amsterdam we visited the FloraHolland Auction Centre in Aalsmeer (Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer). FloraHolland is the largest flower auction centre in the world and they handle about 60% of the international trade in plants and flowers. Their Aalsmeer site is […]

Volendam – A Quaint Village in North Holland


VOLENDAM – A CHARMING AND PICTURESQUE FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE: Volendam is a quaint village in North Holland that is well known for its old fishing boats, bustling waterfront and the traditional Dutch costumes that a handful of residents still wear. This charming and picturesque town was once an artists’ retreat and Picasso and Renoir both spent […]

Koningsdag 2014 – King’s Day in Amsterdam


KONINGSDAG OR KING’S DAY IS THE OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY OF THE KING OF NETHERLANDS: Since 1949, the Dutch have been celebrating Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day (or Queensday) on April 30th.  All that changed on April 30, 2013 when King Willem-Alexander became the first male monarch since 1890. Koninginnedag becomes Koningsdag and will be celebrated on King Willem-Alexander’s […]

Queen’s Day in Amsterdam – Koninginnedag is now Koningsdag

Kings Day Amsterdam

Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day is the Official Birthday of the Queen of Netherlands: Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day (or Queensday) on April 30th is a national holiday in the Netherlands. On this day the entire country celebrates the official birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix’s birthday is actually on January 31st and April 30th […]

How to Claim Your VAT Refund at Schiphol Airport

Vat Tax Refund - Schiphol

Allow Time If You’re Claiming Your VAT Tax Refund at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: Although, we did all our shopping in Italy, Amsterdam was our final port of exit from the EU and this was where we had to have our VAT refund processed.  This was good as it gave us the opportunity to check out […]

Amsterdam Tours for Cruise Passengers

Amsterdam Port

Amsterdam Tours: Worry-free Shore Excursion for Cruise Passengers: The Port of Amsterdam is a very popular stop for ocean cruises and the Amsterdam Cruise Terminal is also the starting point for hundreds of European river cruises.  If your cruise to Amsterdam  or river cruise from Amsterdam includes some free time in this historic city, Viator […]