9 Dec, 2016 in Amsterdam

Lots of great museums in Amsterdam, from world-class art museums (Rijksmuseum), local history museum (e.g., Anne Frank, Jewish museum, Canal House museum), to funky beer museums (e.g., Heineken). The Stedelijk Museum falls into the first category, grouped together in the Amsterdam Museum District, this one is meant for modern and contemporary art and design. With all […]

2 May, 2016 in Amsterdam
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In one of my recent visits to Amsterdam’s UvA, I stayed overnight at the campus area only to realize that nearby is the old Jewish area. I visited the Jewish Portuguese Synagogue, which was in a combined ticket with the holocaust memorial and the Amsterdam Jewish museum. I think the building itself is the former Ashkenazi synagogue, and […]

11 Mar, 2016 in Amsterdam
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In my last visit to Amsterdam to visit colleagues and attend a seminar at the wonderful UvA business school, I stayed overnight near the campus. Little did I know that the area north to UvA used to be the old Jewish area of Amsterdam, with rich history, and vibrant community life, that ended tragically during […]

7 Nov, 2014 in Amsterdam
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Want to learn more about how Amsterdam came to be and how the history of the unique Amsterdam canal life? Het Grachtenhuis, or the Canal House Museum, is a small private museum that aims to answer these questions with a wonderful interactive tour back in time and through the history of how Amsterdam came to […]

24 Aug, 2014 in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum  Museum District - Amsterdam (27)

Lots of museums all over Amsterdam and most of them are really top-notch, so it you’re a museum fan then you’ll be able to spend days going from one museum to another. A concentration of the best art museums is at the Museum District (Museumplein) which hosts the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum. […]

27 May, 2014 in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam is a beautiful city. Though I’ve visited many cities in various countries in the last few years, Amsterdam definitely stands out from all the rest with unique charm. As a friend of mine eloquently put it – every photo you take in whatever way looks like a postcard. The long canals, the historical houses, […]

20 May, 2014 in Amsterdam
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I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a beer drinker. The country in which I was raised is ranked very low on the world rankings for beer consumption, and even among my fellow countrymen I have never been a keen drinker in comparison. It took me many years to really be able […]

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