What to know about visiting the Peace Palace in the Hague by a local

What to know about visiting the Peace Palace in the Hague by a local

One of the most stunning buildings in the Hague is the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis in Dutch).  Visiting the Peace Palace is not particularly easy, however touring the grounds where the International Court of Justice is held is a worthwhile endeavor.  I’ll be discussing the history of the Peace Palace, what to expect from a guided tour of the Peace Palace, and how to visit the Peace Palace as a private citizen.

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20 Easy Day Trips from Amsterdam by a Dutch resident

20 Easy Day Trips from Amsterdam by a Dutch resident

I’ve been living in Holland for nearly three years now.  One of the best parts of the Netherlands is how easy it is to take day trips! I include insider tips from my time living in Amsterdam for the best day trips from Amsterdam to other gorgeous Dutch cities, including Gouda, Leiden, and Giethoorn.  I include easy day trips from Amsterdam as well as off the beaten path day trips from Amsterdam.

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An introduction to Surinamese food in the Netherlands

An introduction to Surinamese food in the Netherlands

One of the things that surprised me about the Netherlands was the diversity of food that you find here, including Surinamese food!  Due to Dutch history, there is a large segment of the population with roots in Suriname.  I wanted to do something different here as a way of introducing my readers to Surinamese food, its history, the best Surinamese dishes to try, and most importantly where to find good Surinamese food in the Netherlands.  However, I’m not from Suriname and it is important to let others’ voices be heard, so I’ve interviewed an expert.

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How to view the beautiful Japanese garden in Den Haag in fall and spring

How to view the beautiful Japanese garden in Den Haag in fall and spring

One of the small joys of living in a place year-round is that you get to experience your home city in each season.  Although seasons in the Netherlands are far more mild than those of my home country, I still have a huge soft spot for fall and spring here in the Netherlands.  One of the best places to ring in spring and fall is at the Japanese garden in Den Haag.  I’ll be including advice for visiting the Japanese garden in both seasons, including getting to Clingendael.

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Catspotting: A crazy cat lover’s guide to cats in Amsterdam

Catspotting: A crazy cat lover’s guide to cats in Amsterdam

love cats.  This is a detailed guide to my beloved Amsterdam with the best places to meet cats in Amsterdam, officially and unofficially, with my favorite cats.  If you’re a fan of Catspotting, you’re going to love this guide to Amsterdam.
 
I’m a crazy cat lady and meeting cats when traveling is one of my favorite hobbies.  While living in Amsterdam, my husband and I hunted down the locations of cats in Amsterdam because we are that cat crazy.  ​We found cats living at one of the cat cafes in Amsterdam, roaming the halls of a historic canal house/cat museum filled with cat art, cozying up to potential owners on de Poezenboot (the Catboat), sleeping in various shops, or even breaking into museum gardens. This also includes coffeeshops with cats…. That said, I was not successful in petting them all.  Keep reading for our favorite cat locations in Amsterdam with a map. 

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What to do in Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam’s coolest borough

What to do in Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam’s coolest borough

For some reason that I’m not sure, a lot of people that I know are nervous about visiting Amsterdam Noord.  This part of Amsterdam is just across the water from the historic city center, so if you think that you’ve seen Amsterdam, take a ferry across to explore Amsterdam Noord.  This post will be covering cool things to do in Amsterdam Noord, so be sure to rent a bike and follow my lead.

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