Sonja Selmes

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Places to See in a Day from Rotterdam

If you’re visiting the Netherlands, you are most likely making a stop in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the country, after</i> …

A Blend of Old and New in Rotterdam Photo Essay

Rotterdam was the last stop on our Belgium and Netherlands tour. These two countries really are a beautiful part of the world and for such a small …

Historic and Humble in The Hague Photo Essay

The Hague was one of our favorite places in the Netherlands. The architecture was amazing, the people were friendly and the Dutch food was of course …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

European Travel

The beautiful countryside of North Holland

One of many windmills in the region.<p>My earliest impressions of Holland before moving here in the 1990’s were of a country below sea-level, protected …

European Travel

6 places to visit in Holland apart from Amsterdam

By Chris Gant on Jul 31, 2014 in Europe, Netherlands, Regions, Western Europe<p>A lot of tourists start and finish their trip in Holland in Amsterdam …

A Local's Guide to Authentic Amsterdam

East Amsterdam, which local Maartje Van Den Noort says is the real, authentic Amsterdam, is a good place to connect with locals. She shares with us …

Top 10 Things You Must Do in Amsterdam

You know how you have that long list of the top places you want to travel? Well, Amsterdam was never on my list and now I'm kicking myself wondering why it wasn't! I still haven't figured out why, but I sure am glad our paths crossed because I am now in love with it. Love may not be strong enough …

European Travel

Amsterdam attractions: what to see and do in spring

Popular songs have it that spring’s the time to come tulip-plucking. Here are my recommended events for the season.<p><b>Parks and gardens</b><p><b>Vondelpark</b><p>Amsterdam’s "green lung" is a pleasing profusion of forested patches, formal gardens, abundant shrubberies, open lawns, lakes and ponds. There are …

My little Patisserie- Amsterdam

The De Pijp, is a popular neighborhood with working-class roots just outside the Amsterdam’s center. It is an area of popular street markets with a …

France

Local Experts

Great for sports fans, the Arena is the home of Ajax, the legendary Amsterdam football team. Tours of the stadium give you an insider's view and …

European Travel

Vine adventures: a glimpse of vibrant Dublin

Adventure couple Dave and Deb of The Planet D have recently returned from Dublin, one of our Best in Travel selections for 2016. Here they’ve rounded up their trip in 36 seconds of Vines.<p>‘Situated along the River Liffey, Dublin is alive with music, literature and energy. With historic pubs dating …

Ireland