Tag Archives: Utrecht

All Aboard

Okay, I admit it, I’m just a big old train geek. I love to ride them, to watch films of iconic train jouneys and to read about them too. But you don’t have to be a diehard trainspotter to enjoy … 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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Amsterdam Goes Green(er)

This October, Reuben Beugel’s new company Hopper launched an innovative, eco-friendly taxi service in Amsterdam using chauffer-driven electric scooters. Charging a flat-rate fee of just € 2.50 regardless of the distance traveled Hopper’s service is quicker than traditional taxis, as … Continue reading

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City2Cities: International Literature Days Utrecht is an exciting international literature festival. Each year City2Cities, in short C2C, connects the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands with two other literary cities. In 2011 those cities were Edinburgh and Stockholm, this year … Continue reading

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Rapid Transit : Dutch Style

It’s officially dubbed the “travel accelerator” by Netherlands Railway, but to the folks in Utrecht it’s de glijbaan and it’s just plain fun. Open for about two weeks, the slide has been a huge success.Installed along the stairway at the … Continue reading

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Old Dutch (map) Porn

The 17th century Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit created the extraordinary Stedenboek or Book of Cities. With only four copies of the book known to exist, the National Library of the Netherlands has digitized and uploaded two excellent versions to … Continue reading

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