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I’ve come to learn from my time living  in Amsterdam that there are a few unwritten rules you must follow:
1. Speak English better than any native speaker.
2. Run over at least three tourists a year on your bike.
3. Hate Rotterdam.
Well, unfortunately these are three rules I’m almost instantly going to fail at (apart from maybe no. 2, I’m on course to easily meet that target!) because I am a native …

[ Written by Frankie | 8 Oct 2013 | 45 Comments | ]

I love the Netherlands. I love jazz music. And I love festivals, though preferably the mud-free kind.
I did something about all of the above by attending the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam last month. With the likes of Sting, Bobby Womack, The Roots and Dionne Warwick topping the bill, I had high expectations from the three day festival that takes place in the Ahoy venue, a huge corporate style expo …

[ Written by Frankie | 16 Aug 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

There’s an episode of Sex and the City in which Carrie and Samantha decide to cross the USA by train for Carrie’s book signing in San Francisco. Before they leave they discuss at length how glamorous it will be, how indulgent and vintage inspired. They may even squeal a bit, I can’t remember. They arrive at Central Station in smart travel outfits, weighed down with hatboxes and matching Louis Vuitton …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Aug 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

The unofficial Queen of handbags is not a celebrity, nor is she a fashion designer or a stylist to the stars. She is a wonderfully warm, understatedly stylish and well, “normal” Dutch woman, who just happens to be in charge of the world’s largest collection of handbags and purses. Her name is Sigrid Ivo and she is the Curator of the Tassenmuseum Hendrijke Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam.

A …

[ Written by Frankie | 17 Aug 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

For the last three months the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam has been my home. During this time I’ve mastered the cycling lanes, navigated my way around the canals and developed quite a taste for Bitterballen. The best part about living here has enabled me to explore and experience one of my favourite European cities like a local. I’d now like to share my top tips with you so that …

[ Written by Frankie | 31 Jul 2012 | 6 Comments | ]

There are a number of British stereotypes that this British Travelette lives up to; a deep appreciation for an orderly queue, an innate desire to talk (i.e. moan) about the weather at any given opportunity and a never fading love for a “nice cup of tea”.
No matter where I go in the world I can’t seem to shake off my love for tea. In fact, travelling has had quite the …

[ Written by Frankie | 20 Jul 2012 | One Comment | ]

Only one more month to go and the Dutch population will dress up in orange to celebrate ‘Koninginnedag’ (Queen’s day), the national holiday to dedicate the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands. But instead of a classical ceremony, the whole nation is having a huge party and more than million people will come to Amsterdam to become part of this unique event. Get prepared for the biggest street party …

[ Written by guest | 2 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]