Amsterdam Travel Tips

Dam Good Coffee

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

Haarlem

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

Dam Square Royal Palace

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 …]

St. Petersburg Florida as Art Capital

Dali Museum - Discovery of America

We recently spent a few days in St. Petersburg Florida. We last visited the city in 2011 and were pleasantly surprised by the concentration of arts venues in the downtown. We found the same this time, especially the: Dali Museum, with its large, highly representative collection which includes dozens of pictures representing his many styles, [Read more …]

Highlights of the South Pacific Islands: From Polynesia to Micronesia in Two Months

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Two months is barely enough time to scratch the surface of traveling through a huge, spread-out and diverse region that consists of hundreds of inhabited islands, thousands of uninhabited islets and hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean. Transportation is challenging. Some destinations are served by only one or two flights per week and [Read more …]

Corregidor Island, Phillipines

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At the end of our Manila trip to the Philippines, we took a day trip to Corregidor Island. This is the largest and most strategic island in Manila Harbor. As one of the four fortified harbor islands, it had the most formidable defenses, with 42 large coastal guns and mortars, 72 anti-aircraft guns, a large [Read more …]

Manila Philippines

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Manila Manila, the largest city and capital of the Philippines has only a small percentage of the population (1.8 million) of the metro area of about 13 million. However, it seems to have about 20 million cars—all of which are out at the same time causing immense traffic jams. Manila is not a tourist mecca. [Read more …]