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A Goodbye to Dave

A Goodbye to Dave

♠  The name Dave Stringer won’t mean much to many. His reach wasn’t quite Bourdain level; his death won’t trigger quite as many tributes. Nonetheless he was a great inspiration to me and to all who read his blog. Dave was a nonsmoker who, because […]

Windmills, Wild Tulips and Wall Poems

Windmills, Wild Tulips and Wall Poems

Leiden may seem like Amsterdam Lite but it possesses an identity all its own. It’s the birthplace of Rembrandt. Einstein walked its streets. Wild tulips grow between the road and the water and poems fill the walls.

A Goodbye to Bourdain

A Goodbye to Bourdain

There were times I loved him and there were times I thoroughly disliked him. But I don’t know if I’d ever have thought of writing a blog like this if it hadn’t been for Anthony Bourdain.

The Train to Leiden

The Train to Leiden

Before we knew it, tulip fields in all their blazing glory were parading outside like a color punch in the eye.

Watch a Movie at Pathé Tuschinski (Thank Me Later)

Watch a Movie at Pathé Tuschinski (Thank Me Later)

Those were the words someone posted on a forum somewhere — I can’t find it anymore — while I was researching free/cheap things to do in Amsterdam. “Watch a movie at the Pathé Tuschinski. You can thank me later.” As it happened, I was looking for a cinema in which to watch Avengers: Infinity War.

Springtime Walks in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark

Springtime Walks in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark

A walk (or two, or three) in Vondelpark is a must-do if you’re in Amsterdam in spring.