New York City Restaurants–Fall 2017

New York City Restaurants Given that we spend all of our nights at or near the Broadway Theater District when we are in New York City, we are almost obliged to eat most of our NYC dinner at or near the theaters. While this greatly limits our ability to sample many of the city’s most [Read more …]

New York City Museums–Fall 2017

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New York City Museums During our short Fall trip to New York City, we made time to go to several museum…as always Metropolitan Museum We spent most of a full day at the museum’s Met Breuer and Fifth Avenue branches to catch many of the of the incredible temporary exhibits, as well as to briefly [Read more …]

New York City 2017 Christmas Windows

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Christmas windows are a holiday tradition in most US cities. What is the holiday season in New York City without checking out the many beautiful Christmas store windows. And we would be remise if we didn’t publish this around the Christmas holiday.   The windows at Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, were okay, but not [Read more …]

New York City Theater – Fall 2017

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We try to get to New York City at least twice a year to catch up on on theater, museums, restaurants and galleries. As usual, we crammed in 5 plays in 4 days—our normal diet on our all too short trips to NYC. Dear Evan Hanson We bought the tickets more than six months ago, [Read more …]

Amsterdam Travel Tips

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. After spending a month exploring Amsterdam, I walked away with a number of tips for anyone who wants to visit this wonderful city. OV-Fiets (Bicycle Rentals) Bicycles are by far the best way to see Amsterdam. It has more [Read more …]

Amsterdam Day Trip to Haarlem

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. Haarlem is a very interesting, very easy day trip from Amsterdam. Founded in 1245, Haarlem has a population of 156,000. It is a short 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam, with trains running between the cities every 15 minutes, up [Read more …]

Other Interesting Things to Do in Amsterdam

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. My month in Amsterdam gave me plenty of time to explore different sections of the city, partake in interesting activities (especially an annual garden tour), visit a number of secondary museums and most importantly, spend some time in my [Read more …]

Amsterdam Historic Sights

Royal Pallace Main Hall

This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. Most of Amsterdam’s important historical sites are located around Dam Square and the Jewish Cultural Quarter. The following are a number of those I found to be most interesting: Royal Palace Built 350 years ago as Amsterdam’s City Hall, [Read more …]

Amsterdam Museums

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. I visited a number of museums during my month in Amsterdam: Especially history and art museums. I was particularly impressed with two of each: Amsterdam Resistance Museum Located just outside the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the Resistance Museum explains and [Read more …]

Amsterdam Neighborhoods and Walking Tours

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This blog was written by a guest contributor David Gavenda.   I have always been interested in Amsterdam: its history, its canals, character and its permissive culture. I decided to rent an apartment and spend a month to explore and better understand the city, its surroundings and its culture. The first thing I normally do [Read more …]