A Spring Barge Trip Through Holland’s Tulip Fields: First impressions

We are to meet for pick-up at the Grand Café by Track 2 in Central Station at 4:30. And we arrive ten minutes early.  Immediately, we are asked if we are guests of European Waterways by a man who turns out to be our captain, Jules, and a pretty lady called Lea who will be our land guide. But though we wait for another 20 minutes or so, the other couple who is supposed to be met …

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A quick tour through amsterdam’s newest attractions – and some old ones too.

We have just a partial day to see a bit more of Amsterdam.  The crew from European Waterways is scheduled to pick us up at Central Station at 4:30.  There’s not a lot of time, but with the I Amsterdam card, we can use the tram service to get where we want to go fast. I have been to Amsterdam several times and have seen most of the major attractions.  If this is your first time, don’t …

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A Culinary Addiction in Amsterdam

There are those who may come to Amsterdam and pick up various addictions – this is, after all , the city of weed cafes and red light ladies, but I got hooked on a different habit:  Dutch french fries! These babies are to die for! We stopped at a small shop, not much bigger than a closet, called vers gesneden friet, which I think means real fresh-cut fries. In Amsterdam, french fries are referred to as either …

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An Amsterdam Hotel With a Literary History

The Hotel Ambassade (www.ambassade-hotel.nl) sits demurely on the edge of the Herengracht Canal, the gentlemen’s canal.  The hotel occupies ten seventeenth century canal houses, all tied together and renovated but retaining their historic character. It’s a hotel I would come back to in a heartbeat. It is situated within easy walk of the flower market on the Singel, it’s not very far from the ‘Dam Square, and it’s close to the tram which can take you all …

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A spring barge trip through Holland’s tulip fields–Tulip Fever

Blog Post #1: Pre-Cruise: From Schiphol to City Centre Amsterdam This is a trip I have been looking forward to for a long time.  I have longed to see the gardens of the Keukenhof, the miles of tulip fields and the great cities of Holland.  Finally it is happening, and in the best way possible – on board the European Waterways barge, Le Panache, that will cruise through the intitricate system of canals that crisscross the country. …

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