Amsterdam 2016: Cafe Het Molenpad

Serendipity. For the travelling foodie there are few more delightful experiences than finding a great new place to eat by chance. I’d grazed quite a lot on the food tour today, although not actually eaten a meal and had mainly tasted rather than eaten what was put before me. But how hungry was I? What […]

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Amsterdam 2016: A Food Tour of the Jordaan

It was lovely to wake to a beautiful sunny morning. Especially as I was booked on a 4-hour walking food tour of the Jordaan neighbourhood. I began with breakfast in my hotel – NH Hotel Museum Quarter – as it was included in my room rate. There was a huge selection of food with traditional […]

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Amsterdam 2016: Staying in the Museum District

Amsterdam is a perfect destination for me for a winter break. Given that I’m not about to spend a lot of money and fly for hours to a hot, beach destination, heading to a city quite close (only 45 minutes actually in the air flying from London) that I know well and love is a […]

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Amsterdam: Last Day Shopping and a Little Sun at Last

The winter traveller can remain good humoured about inclement weather but there’s no denying that little surge of joy when waking to a blue sky and glimpse of sun. ItĀ remained little more than a glimpse that came and went throughout the day, but it added a smile and an extra beauty, paintingĀ a perfect backdrop to […]

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Amsterdam: Cafes and Rembrandt’s House

A traveller in January cannot afford to be discouraged by bad weather. Well, not someone travelling in The Netherlands where cold and rain are to be expected. For the gourmet traveller, of course, there is a hidden bonus in this state: every excuse for taking shelter in another nice cafe, indulging in yet another coffee […]

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Amsterdam: Return to Cafe De Reiger & Cafe Chris

I’m such a city person. I like to say I love being by the sea – a beautiful place like Crete last September, perhaps. Or home in UK, down in Dorset where I’ve been known to happily walk miles along the beautiful Jurassic coast. You have to work quite hard to get me to admit […]

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Amsterdam: Arrival & Pancake Lunch

As I said in my last post, coming to Amsterdam was a spur of the moment decision after seeing a good offer in the British Airways sale. I caught a cab from home very early this morning to take me to nearby Heathrow Terminal 5. The flight is so short – only 45 minutes in […]

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A Short History of Dutch Apple Pie

I’ve been spending much of the day getting ready for my flight to Amsterdam tomorrow morning. It’s very much a spur-of-the-moment break, booked on impulse only a couple of weeks ago. I’d been reading Jesse Burton’s wonderful book, The Miniaturist, set in 17th century Amsterdam. One night, reading it in bed, I had a sudden […]

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‘t Hotel, Amsterdam

I love small intimate hotels rather than big flashy ones and ‘t Hotel in Amsterdam fitted the bill perfectly for my stay there over the weekend. My daughter discovered it – she sometimes goes to Amsterdam for work – and suggested we book there for our stay. It’s an historic canal house dating from the […]

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Amsterdam: Last Morning – Hofjes & Poffertjes

We decided to wander round the local Jordaan district of Amsterdam on our last morning. Our Secret Amsterdam book had lots of suggestions for off the main tourist route places of interest. These ‘Secret’ books published by JonGlez are great for when you know a city well and want to see something different to the […]

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