Tag Archives: Amsterdam

The Original Cool

I was tickled to see that the Netherlands Board of Tourism has revived its 2013 “Original Cool” travel marketing campaign. The three new episodes, which will once again be hosted by Mr. Cool himself, Pim de Koel, are target at … Continue reading

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Starry Night

Commissioned by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Vincent is a moving and affectionate tribute to Vincent van Gogh in the form of a graphic novel, or rather a graphic biography. Part of publisher SelfMadeHero’s “Art Masters” series, the book … Continue reading

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Stand Up for the Environment

The Netherlands’ government-owned Waternet utilities company has recently placed sets of pee-collecting urinals around Amsterdam (but oddly not in Waterlooplein), with the intention of turning it into fertilizer for the city’s urban roof gardens. The idea derives from the fact that urine … Continue reading

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Craving Cartographic Clarity

designing metropolitan subway system maps to make them easily understood for both locals and visitors is a challenge for any graphic designer or cartographer. It’s equally challenging to create city transit maps that reflect a municipal identity. Zero Per Zero, … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink the Water

Amsterdam is commemorating the 400th anniversary of its iconic canals by selling souvenir sets of Amsterdam Canal Aqua. The four bottle set, which retails for €50, is filled from the Singel, Prinsengracht, Herengracht and Keizersgracht. Each bottle is labeled with … Continue reading

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Divine Bookstore

The Dutch are still devoted to reading and to their bookstores. You might even say that they are religious about literature. Booklovers around the world are familiar with the glorious Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht which is housed in a gorgeous … Continue reading

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Amsterdam for Free

Actually, there’s not much that’s free in Amsterdam these days, but this summer visitors and residents alike have been discovering free books, magazines and newspapers attached to public benches around town by big, red metal clips. The Ruilbank, or barter benches, … Continue reading

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Holland. The Original Cool

Like many of you dear Travel Between The Pages followers and visitors, I’m a huge fan of the Netherlands in general, and of Amsterdam in particular. In fact, I’ve lost count of just how many times I’ve been there. So, … Continue reading

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Gidsy Keeps It Real

Founded in Berlin in 2011, Gidsy is a neat website that matches travelers with locals in 140 cities in 42 countries. Local residents list activities that offer less touristy experiences for reasonable fees. Most of Gidsy’s listings are for activities and events … Continue reading

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After A Decade of Waiting

After a ten-year, nearly €400 million renovation, Amsterdam‘s fantastic Rijksmuseum finally reopens next month on April 13th. For visitors who have been disappoint (some of us multiple times) by the glacially slow refurbishment, it comes not a moment too soon. With … Continue reading

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