Tag Archives: Amsterdam

Beautiful Amsterdam

Over the years I have spent more time in Amsterdam than any other city outside of the United States. It was one of the first European cities that I visited and captured my imagination from the very first time that … Continue reading

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Human Hotel

The Human Hotel project was created last year by the folks behind WOOLOO.ORG — an online community for professional artists. The concept is an AirBnB-like service for artistic types who like to travel and meet like-minded people. Visiting creatives get … Continue reading

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Strap-on your skates

Winter Landscape with Skaters  or Winterlandschap met Ijsvermaak is a c.1608 oil on oak painting by the Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.The painting shows ice skaters of all sorts enjoying a day on a frozen river. People dressed … Continue reading

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Watching Operation Night Watch

Rembrandt’s famous painting The Night Watch at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is not my favorite work from the master, or my favorite painting in the great institution. However, every time that I’m in Amsterdam somehow I find myself in front of the iconic work … Continue reading

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Confusion of Confusions

With all of the recent maddening gyrations in the world’s stock markets, maybe the capitalist nabobs pulling the strings could benefit from perusing this 17th century financial guide recently up for auction by Sotheby’s Rare Book and Manuscript auctioneers. The … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Illuminade

This year’s annual Amsterdam Light Festival is taking place for the 7th season from November 29, 2018 until January 20, 2019. With the theme “the medium is the message”, 30 illuminated artworks adorn the canal ring, the River Amstel, and … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Gumshoe

Every year, the city of Amsterdam spends millions of euros cleaning up tons of used chewing gum. To bring attention to this disgusting and expensive problem, the Iamsterdam tourism marketing organization collaborated with the Gumdrop company, design firm Explicit Wear, and Publicis One to … Continue reading

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KLM Cares

Last year I posted a story about KLM’s trial run for the airline’s Care Tag audio-equipped GPS tourist guide device. Now, the Royal Dutch Airlines has rolled-out the tiny tech travel guide for flyers who act fast. When you book a flight … Continue reading

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Light Up The New Year

Amsterdam’s annual Festival of Lights is welcoming the New Year and banishing winter blahs with 36 illuminated installations around the city. This year’s theme “Existential” was interpreted by artists from a dozen countries, including the beloved human rights activist artist … Continue reading

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Amsterdam is Magical

I’ve had the good fortune to visit Amsterdam many times, in every season. While I love balmy summer days hanging in cafes along the atmospheric canals or lounging in Vondel Park, there is something truly magical about the city in … Continue reading

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