Category archives: Amsterdam

The Travelettes Guide to Amsterdam

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Romantic canals, tulips wherever you look and dubious entertainment that somehow is perfectly legal - Amsterdam is the kind of city that doesn't need a long introduction. Or does it? When I paid a quick visit to Amsterdam earlier in March, to see Travelette Frankie's new flat (and her baby bump) I was in not much of a mood for exploring - four days of networ[...]

The Handbag Museum in Amsterdam - Interview with Sigrid Ivo

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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 Mu[...]

Experiencing Amsterdam like a Local

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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 t[...]

Gartine - A Very British High Tea in Amsterdam

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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 h[...]

Celebrating Queen's Day

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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 eve[...]