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A self-guided Rotterdam walking tour: Architecture and art

Rotterdam is famous for its post-war architecture, mostly because a World War II bombing in 1940 destroyed much of the city. Yet it didn’t just rebuild and settle in; it is still constantly changing, expanding and reinventing whole neighborhoods. On a recent visit, I took a tour of a few new buildings, but I also…

De Rotterdam Architecture Tour

Very little of Rotterdam survived World War II. While this means it is not the place to see the Netherlands you expect – charming streets along canals, 16th century merchants’ homes, or picturesque windmills – it is the place to see post-war architecture. This is why I signed up for a tour with De Rotterdam…

The Erotic Museum Amsterdam is in the red-light district, in a building that served originally as a warehouse and was built in 1685.

Is the Erotic Museum Amsterdam erotic? A review

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The short answer to the question in the title is “No, the Erotic Museum Amsterdam is not erotic.” What is it? Thought provoking and sometimes disturbing. Why I didn’t go to the Erotic Museum Amsterdam before You may remember that I reviewed the Sex Museum some time ago, calling it “the cure for insomnia.” I…

The wall of petri dishes at the Micropia exhibit

Micropia: museum of invisible life

This entry is part 1 of 20 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Getting off the tram with my son and daughter, my first indication that we were nearing our destination, Micropia, was an arrow on a building with the text “only 80,000,000 micrometers to Micropia.” Micropia, a new exhibit at the ARTIS zoo in Amsterdam, bills itself as “the world’s first museum of microbes.” It’s quite a…

A small Banksy stencil showing a man throwing flowers.

Moco Museum: New in Amsterdam

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Banksy and Dalí on show in one museum? When I heard that, I was definitely up for a day trip to Amsterdam to visit the new Moco Museum. Moco Museum Moco stands for Modern Contemporary Museum and, like the much better-known Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, it is located on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. The…

Travel the Liberation Route Europe to see an Operation Market Garden reenactment in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

1001 Travel Tales Podcast: Traveling the Liberation Route Europe

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series 1001 Travel Tales Podcast

This week’s interview for 1001 Travel Tales was with Jeroen van Wieringen of Liberation Route Europe. We spoke to him at World Travel Market in London last year, which explains the noise in the background. At the same time, he was losing his voice, a symptom many at WTM suffered in that loud environment. Nevertheless, Jeroen’s enthusiasm…

The entrance to the Yotel is next to a McDonald's

Yotel Hotel at Schiphol: A Review

You’ve probably heard of capsule hotels. First developed in Japan, capsule hotels keep costs down for guests by using the available space efficiently. Often stacked one above the other, the capsules are each the size of a single bed. You can’t even stand up in them, making them, as the comedian Jeanne Robertson (video below)…

Another angle on the "environment" at Electric Ladyland in Amsterdam

Electric Ladyland: hippie heaven

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Electric Ladyland in Amsterdam is definitely one of the weirdest museums I’ve visited yet. (Okay, the Toilet Museum in Suwon, South Korea, was pretty weird too, but this isn’t a contest. At least not yet … ) The museum claims to be the “first museum of fluorescent art.” It certainly includes a lot of fluorescent paint. Whether…

Ceramic cats in a cabinet at the Cat Cabinet, Amsterdam

The Cat Cabinet: another quirky Amsterdam museum

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The founder of the Cat Cabinet, Bob Meijer, named his cat John Pierpont Morgan. Why name him after a 19th century American financier? I don’t know. Born in 1966, J.P. Morgan received a special gift from Meijer every five years. On his fifth birthday, it was a portrait by Ansel Sanberg. On his tenth, his present was a…

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