With its polders, windmills, and canal-crossed cities of Amsterdam and Delft, this picturesque country (also called Holland by some) is like no other in Europe. Definitely worth going Dutch!

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7 excellent Amsterdam lodgings in various price ranges

  Bunk Hotel As you'd expect, one of Europe's most tourist-popular cities offers a wide and high-quality range of accommodations, from low-budget to very high-end indeed. And our team has put together a varied selection of Dutch treats based on social media and other customer reviews and ratings, blogger picks, and hospitality standards (and all, by the way, include high-speed WiFi in your rate), our team follows a specific research module keeping all reviews in a single platform.   read…

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Amsterdam cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season'

fshok.com Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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  • Amsterdam is of course celebrated for its canals, but as a regular reader of Travel+Leisure I was intrigued to learn of a storybook village called Giethoorn that makes a great day trip from A'damm and is also known for its adorable little canals. Some might argue it's just this side of twee, but no matter - it's irresistible! https://www.travelandleisure.com/giethoorn-venice-of-the-netherland...
    This Storybook Village Is Called the 'Venice of the Netherlands' — and It's the Perfect Day Trip Fr…
    Here's how to plan the perfect trip to the small town of Giethoorn in the Netherlands, including where to stay, what to do, and where to eat.
  • Radio says that the court in Holland has backed up the new law to prevent tourists from buying grass in The Netherlands. U think this will backfire on Holland?

  • No more marijuana in Holland!? "Foreign visitors will be banned from cannabis-selling coffee shops in southern Netherlands from January 1 to combat anti-social behaviour among tourists," reports the Daily Mail (UK).

    "The Dutch justice ministry announced the ban after a consultation period and despite opposition from some MPs who branded the move 'tourism suicide'."

    How much will this change tourism -- especially in Amsterdam?

  • Netherlands gov't. has announced that it's banning the sale of grass and hash to tourists. The city gov't. of Amsterdam is not nuts about this decision. I've never gone to one of these shops (i.e. I've never smoked legally); am I missing something good?
  • Amsterdam fans, Tripatini now has a forum dedicated to this way cool city. Check it out!
  • A member needs some advice about Amsterdam. Can you help? http://www.tripatini.com/forum/topics/where-in-amsterdam-would-you
  • This week's Top Tune from Around the Planet comes atcha from the Netherlands -- more specifically, Amsterdam's outlying Osdorp section. It's Osdorp Posse's "Origineel Amsterdams" (after this week, look for it in our music archive).
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