The Dutch Tradition of Sinterklaas

For the Dutch, Christmas starts with the arrival of Sinterklaas which is a beloved tradition in the country. Sinterklaas (the holiday) takes place on the fifth of December every year and is dedicated to Sinterklaas (the person).  The Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas is...

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16 Things To Do In The Trendy Jordaan With Kids

The Jordaan district is a trendy, charming area in Amsterdam full of boutiques, cafes and cobblestone streets.  Built in 1612 to house the working class, the neighbourhood now has a gentrified population of creatives and professionals. The peaceful streets and canals...

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The Cat Who Came To Dinner

I was at dinner in Amsterdam in an Italian restaurant by myself when the restaurant cat came and sat across from me.  Yes, there are cats in Amsterdam everywhere and some of them hang out at the pubs and restaurants. My little visitor was actually pretty funny looking...

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Inside Design Amsterdam

You wouldn't think seven-year-olds would do a design tour of Amsterdam would you?  Well, my children surprised even me.  OK, I admit, I sprinkled in design stores with liberal stops for snacks and playgrounds. The weekend we were in Amsterdam was the 10th annual city...

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Amsterdam in the Autumn

I had known Amsterdam had a lot of parks, but I wasn't expecting the areas outside of the official parks to be so well planted. Amsterdam's famous flower market was pretty but not as busy as I thought it would be.  We were clearly off-season. [gallery...

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