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How To Do Amsterdam Right

  

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Don’t fret, we’re here to help. We want to make sure that you get the most out of your time in this wonderful city. So if you’re planning on visiting Amsterdam anytime soon, read through this article to learn everything you need to know!

 

WHERE TO STAY

THE ALBUS

The Albus, located right in the city center of Amsterdam, perfectly combines comfort and modern style. Everything you may need is within walking distance, including Rokin, the main shopping drag in the city. And there’s plenty of other museums and exciting attractions within a ten-minute walk. This is a great place to start when looking for accommodations in Amsterdam.

THE AMSTERDAM CANAL HOTEL

This charming little hotel is tucked within some beautiful houses on the Reguliersgracht canal, which puts it right on the border of the city’s center and the De Pijp neighborhood. The De Pijp neighborhood is a wonderful little place full of cozy cafes, friendly bars, and delicious food options from all around the world. So if you’re looking to really explore the city, but want to avoid the really big crowds, this is the perfect spot to stay.

 

WHERE TO EAT

’T SMALLE

This spot has been a local favorite since all the way back in 1786! So you know it’s worth a visit. It’s right in the heart of the popular Jordan neighborhood, and it’s the perfect place to get a proper taste of Amsterdam. They serve primarily locally made beer and gin, and the food is almost entirely traditional Dutch dishes. This certainly falls under “doing Amsterdam right.”

WARUNG SPANG MAKANDRA

Little known fact: the tiny and almost unknown country of Suriname was formerly a Dutch colony. So Amsterdam is actually chock-full of great Surinamese food! And Warung Spang Makandra in the De Pijp neighborhood is one of the best Surinamese spots in the city. The food is truly unique and combines various flavors and styles found in Creole, Indonesian, and Chinese foods. You simply must try it.

D’VIJFF VLIEGHEN

If you’re looking for an especially exquisite dining experience in Amsterdam, then D’Vijff Vlieghen is the place to go. The restaurant includes multiple dining rooms that are spread out through five former canal houses that date back to the 17th century. Each dining room has its own unique design and every one of them seems more extravagant than the last. This place is definitely worth a visit just to see the different dining rooms!

 

WHAT TO SEE, WHAT TO DO

THE CANALS

This should really be the first thing you do when you get to Amsterdam. So much of this city’s charm lies in the canals that run throughout it, and they’re also the perfect way to take the whole city in quickly without rushing or stressing about traffic. There are plenty of wonderful and cheap boat tours available in the city. So take your pick, really. It’s a great way to start off your time in Amsterdam!

THE MUSEUMS

Amsterdam is practically overflowing with museums. Both Van Gogh and Rembrandt have their own museums (Rembrandt’s is actually set in his old home), the Rijksmuseum has a breathtaking sculpture garden, and if you don’t mind the lines, there is, of course, the Anne Frank House. And those are just the first few we can think of. There are so, so many more amazing museums that are worthy of a visit. So you might want to set a couple days aside for just museums!

GOUDA

No, we’re not telling you to simply eat some gouda. We’re telling you to take a short trip outside of Amsterdam and visit the town of Gouda. Which is, as you might have guessed, where the wonderful cheese was born and gets its name! It’s only about an hour away and the cheese markets there are really something to behold. Even if the weather isn’t great and the markets aren’t active, stop by the Gouds Kaas-en Ambachtenmuseum to learn more about the history of this wonderful town and their wonderful cheese.


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The Best Beach Cities In Europe

If you’re looking to take a relaxing beach vacation while also experiencing Europe, then look no further than these great European beach cities!

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We don’t always think about beautiful beaches when we think about a European vacation. Usually, we think about Paris or London or Rome. But the beauty of many European countries most certainly extends to their beaches. And while you might have heard of some of the more popular European beaches, there are some smaller beach cities that you may not have heard of.

So if you’re looking to take a relaxing beach vacation while also experiencing Europe, then look no further than these great European beach cities!

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Of course Spain has great beach cities! Are you surprised? Barcelona is one of the world’s great cities and much of this is due to its wonderful beach scene. If you want to be where the cool kids are and take in all the various food and drink vendors, then look no further than it’s most popular beach, Barceloneta. But if you want a more quiet beach experience while in Barcelona, Nova Icaria and Bogatell are the beaches for you.

And, aside from the beaches, Barcelona is still a fascinating and lively city. Incredible architecture can be found throughout the city, and the nightlife is thriving. Not to mention the city is full of great food and plenty of worthwhile galleries and museums.

LISBON, PORTUGAL

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and a great vacation option. And while it’s commonly known for its historic architecture and the lovely tram system that runs through it, it also has some long and lovely beaches along its coastline. If you want a peaceful and relaxing beach experience, look no further than Praia de Carcavelos. And if you consider yourself an experienced surfer, just head a little north to find your brethren.

Lisbon is also known for its numerous independent bookstores. So you’re an avid reader this is a great vacation destination for you.

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN

San Sebastian is most famous for its amazing cuisine. They have one of the highest populations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. So that alone is a great reason to visit this beautiful city. But we’re here to talk about the beaches! And San Sebastian’s friendly, chilled-out Playa de la Concha is a truly stunning one, to say the least. You’ll enjoy the view of Santa Clara Island just off the shore, and the view of the lush green mountains behind you when you look inland.

And if you’re looking for a more lively beach scene, head on over to nearby Playa de la Zurriola to hang with the surfing and partying crowd.

SPLIT, CROATIA

When it comes to Croatia beaches, it’s all about the Dalmatian Coast. The water is so crystal-clear that you won’t even believe it’s actually an ocean. The only problem is, many of the beaches are rocky and isolated to small coves. Thankfully, that’s not the case in the beautiful city of Split. The beach is perfect for sunbathing and rum drinking, while the city itself still provides many great restaurants and bars. It’s also a city rich in history, so be sure to take in Diocletian’s Palace while you’re there.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN

Mallorca has become known as a holiday drunk-fest of a beach city, but specifically, Palma de Mallorca provides the perfect blend of relaxed beaches and fun city vibes. The long, sandy beaches provide plenty of great amenities like showers, toilets, lifeguards, and umbrellas and loungers for rent. While the city offers seemingly endless attractions like great restaurants and bars, a historic cathedral, and a beautiful old town.

NICE, FRANCE

Nice, France is one of the most underrated cities in the world. Maybe it’s because St. Tropez gets all the attention when it comes to French beach cities. But Nice is just as… nice (sorry). The beaches go on for miles and are constantly accompanied by a lovely promenade. And while the public beaches and beautiful and fun, you can also pay a little extra and enjoy one of their numerous private beaches for a more secluded beach vacation experience.

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The Best Wedding Destinations For The Fall

We talked to our colleagues and compiled a list of our favorite wedding destinations, especially for weddings in the fall.

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Fall weddings are taking over and with the beautiful colors and mild temperatures it’s no wonder why. Getting hitched during this time of year will leave you with stunning photos and fantastic memories. But where are the best places to go when you’re looking for the perfect destination wedding that is unbelievably beautiful in the Fall?

We talked to our colleagues and compiled a list of our favorite wedding destinations that would be perfect to get married at any time of year but especially in the Autumn.

BILTMORE ESTATE

The Biltmore Estate is a French chateau in Asheville, North Carolina. You will be surrounded by tons of trees with leaves that have changed colors. The chateau has 250 rooms and is on 8,000 acres so you don’t have to try and edit down those wedding invitations that much. There is even a winery right in the Biltmore Estates so guests can get drunk before getting crunk on the dance floor.

ARUBA

If Fall foliage isn’t really your thing then head to Aruba for your destination wedding. Aruba is a fantastic spot to unite with the person that you love because the crowds that flock to Aruba in the Summer are gone but the weather is still warm. Now you can get married on a jet ski just like you always dreamed.

OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT

A spectacular resort in a spectacular setting is what makes this place so special. If you decide to get married here you will definitely not regret it. There is a rich history of the Omni Mount Washington Resort since it has always been a favorite of many different politicians, writers, and celebrities. This is the type of place you won’t want to leave after the wedding. You can honeymoon right there.

NAPA VALLEY

Nothing spells a good time like a wedding in wine country. Let all your family and friends know you’re down to have a rocking good time amongst the vineyards by heading up to the legendary Napa Valley for your wedding. There are plenty of fantastic wineries that offer on-site weddings and they may even bring you a free bottle or two. Get married Sideways-style by heading to the Napa Valley in the Fall.

ALLEGHENY MOUNTAINS

If the Allegheny Mountains is good enough for 22 American presidents then it’s good enough for your wedding. The Omni Homestead is absolutely stunning in the fall and the hot springs around there guarantee some excellent relaxation before or after your big day.

HUDSON VALLEY

If you’re a New Yorker then you’re probably looking for a beautiful wedding that isn’t surrounded by trash, rats, and a rancid pee smell. Head 90 miles upstate to the Hudson Valley which is a popular place to go check out the leaves changing color. The Catskill Mountains are amazing to marvel at and your wedding guests will be thoroughly entertained, even if your wedding is extremely boring.

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Float Through The Most Boat Friendly Cities

We did the research and asked our colleagues and found all the most boat-friendly cities in the world so you can sail away all day.

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Some people live in towns that are stuffed full of traffic. They spend day in and day out commuting to and from work. So when it comes time for vacation the last thing they ever want to see is a car. That’s understandable, but where can you travel to that will be relatively car-free? What other forms of transportation can add some wonder to your trip instead of dread?

Well, boats of course! Boats are relaxing to ride on and add a level of romanticism to wherever you visit. The only problem is most people have no idea what cities to go to if they want to spend more time on boats than in cars. Don’t worry, we did the research and asked our colleagues and found all the most boat-friendly cities in the world so you can sail away all day.

GIETHOORN, NETHERLANDS

Giethoorn was the first place we thought of because you can spend an entire vacation here only on boats. You may not see a car on your entire visit to this beautiful place. The waterways here run all throughout the town instead of roads which means you won’t even hear a dreaded car on your entire visit.

The serene quietness of the town around you will be very noticeable and not in a bad way. You will be able to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery all while enjoying a utopian level of quietness that will really help you relax.

ANNECY, FRANCE

This town is known as the “Pearl of the French Alps” and when you enter Annecy it is very easy to see why. You will feel like your smack-dab in the middle of a fairy tale when you boat down the two canals that run through this town, just make sure to stop at a cafe or two along the way for a delicious cup of coffee.

The stunning surroundings of the canal will truly make this a trip to remember and you will wonder why more people aren’t talking about the unbelievable beauty that is the “Pearl of the French Alps.”

BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok does have cars and tons of motorcycles, but if you want to get away from all that then hop on a boat in the tons of canals that run all throughout this giant city. The river has always been a great way to get around the city. While they may be a little bit dirty, that shouldn’t deter you. They’re still beautiful windows into the unbelievable past that makes up wonderful Bangkok.

FENGHUANG, CHINA

Head over to China’s Hunan Province to visit Fenghuang and marvel at how green the beautiful water is that this town is centered around. You can sit and stare at the beautiful water and travel it all by boat as well. If you’re feeling a little more daring and boats are starting to get boring then attempt to cross the river by foot as there is a bridge of stones that you can walk across, just make sure you can keep your balance.

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