Amsterdam

Carter Bar & Kitchen, Amsterdam

August 22, 2016

During our post-cruise stay at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, we set out to explore the neighborhood and look for a spot to enjoy a late lunch. A few blocks from the Hilton Amsterdam hotel, at the corner of Valeriusstraat and Emmastraat, we found the outside dining area of Carter Bar & Kitchen. The place looked popular, […]

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A Look Inside the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

August 21, 2016

In July, we enjoyed a 2-night post-cruise stay in Amsterdam at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel. Located at 138 Apollolaan near the Vondelpark in Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel is famous as the location of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 ‘bed-in for peace.’ Today hotel guests may reserve the 538sq. ft. “John and Yoko Suite” filled with […]

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Exploring Makassar, Indonesia by Taxi

March 18, 2016

In 2013, while sailing on a short segment of the Holland America Grand World Voyage, I visited Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The port city of Makassar is also known as Ujung Pandang — which is also the name of the pre-colonial fortress in the city that dates to 1545. The original fortress was built by the Gowa Dynasty. The […]

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Staying at the Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel Before An Early Flight

July 22, 2015

When we visited Belgium in late May, we traveled by train into the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in  to catch a flight back to the U.S. Since our flight left very early in the morning, we wanted to stay at the airport the night before. Schiphol (AMS) is one of our favorite airports to travel to […]

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