Amsterdam Dam Square Area

Amsterdam National Monument

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands. It restored much of its city’s historic district after the war and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can explore the city in many ways including cars/taxis, public transportation, bikes, or the old fashion way….walking. There is so much to see in the city. This blog talks [Read more …]

Amsterdam Travel Tips

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda, who spent a month living there. After spending a month exploring Amsterdam, I walked away with a number of tips for anyone who wants to visit this wonderful city. OV-Fiets (Bicycle Rentals) Bicycles are by far the best way [Read more …]

Amsterdam Day Trip to Haarlem

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. Haarlem is a very interesting, very easy day trip from Amsterdam. Founded in 1245, Haarlem has a population of 156,000. It is a short 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam, with trains running between the cities every 15 minutes, up [Read more …]

Amsterdam Historic Sights

Royal Pallace Main Hall

This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda, who spent a month in Amsterdam. Most of Amsterdam’s important historical sites are located around Dam Square and the Jewish Cultural Quarter. The following are a number of those I found to be most interesting: Royal Palace Built 350 [Read more …]

Amsterdam Museums

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. I visited a number of museums during my month in Amsterdam: Especially history and art museums. I was particularly impressed with two of each: Amsterdam Resistance Museum Located just outside the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the Resistance Museum explains and [Read more …]

Amsterdam Neighborhoods and Walking Tours

Dam Square Royal Palace

This blog was written by a guest contributor David Gavenda.   I have always been interested in Amsterdam: its history, its canals, character and its permissive culture. I decided to rent an apartment and spend a month to explore and better understand the city, its surroundings and its culture. The first thing I normally do [Read more …]

Havana Cuba’s Nighttime Entertainment

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Cuba is an island of music. We took advantage of every opportunity to explore different elements of this musical heritage. We spent many hours in cafes and lounges, selected primarily on the basis of the music they offered. Although this mandated many, many drinks, we made the necessary sacrifice to enjoy a broad range of [Read more …]

Vilnius Lithuania

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We only had 2 days in Lithuania and spent our time in the capital city of Vilnius Lithuania. Like its neighbors, Lithuania has had a long history of occupation. But, since it is “hidden” in an inland location (rather than being a port city like Tallinn or Riga), its history began much later and was [Read more …]

Exploring Paris: Fasubourg St-Honore to Place Madelleine

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Although neither of us are shoppers—and certainly not luxury shoppers—we do enjoy an occasional stroll through the areas in which the other half (or more likely the other 1-5 percent) shop. We began with a leisurely walk through what used to be the high-end, colonnaded specialty shopping arcade of the Palais Royale but is now [Read more …]

Catching Up with the New Boston

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We finished up the trip to Nova Scotia via Boston. Although we have many friends and memories of the time we lived here, this time we had only a day and a half to catch up with the city. Our initial exposure to the city, from driving into and a brief walk through downtown and [Read more …]