Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer, Amsterdam, Holland - save 48%
Located within Amsterdam's 'ring of canals' (Grachtengordel) Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer is one of the city's best-placed hotels, being...... more
Located within Amsterdam's 'ring of canals' (Grachtengordel) Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer is one of the city's best-placed hotels, being within walking distance from some of Amsterdam's most iconic attractions. Located on a quiet street, this four-star hotel was created from 19 17th century Weaver's Houses, so Amsterdam's classic charm is effortlessly combined with stylish boutique interiors, making this a truly unique place to stay. Get an authentic taste of Amsterdam through its bustling markets and where better to start than the Bloemenmarkt - the world's only floating flower market - which is just moments away. For exotic herbs and spices, visit Albert Cuypmarkt or head to Waterlooplein Flea Market and peruse the 300 stalls that occupy this outdoor bazaar. See the city from an historical perspective at the Rijksmuseum - dedicated to the Netherlands' arts and history - or visit Anne Frank House for a palpable slice of Amsterdam's rich past.Head back to the comfort and charm of Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer for a pre-dinner cocktail before a traditional Dutch dinner of Stamppot at a nearby, canal-side restaurant. Unwind with a soothing session in the hotel's sauna or book yourself in for a massage. Retreat to your chic boudoir where you'll have a views out across the neighbouring Amsterdam houses.
Amsterdam Cheese Grater, (Smart&Clean), Enjoy freshly grated cheese. With this grater, you draw the grater over the cheese, not vice-versa. Much lighter...... more
Amsterdam Cheese Grater, (Smart&Clean), Enjoy freshly grated cheese. With this grater, you draw the grater over the cheese, not vice-versa. Much lighter and easy to clean. Soft Grip+: Triangular-shaped model for stable grip & control
FOOTLOOSE IN HOLLAND - Coast Path & Amsterdam [DVD]
Find a great preview of this DVD on YOUTUBE.com - just search for "FOOTLOOSE IN HOLLAND". Part of Grindelwald Productions fabulous Footloose Travel...... more
Find a great preview of this DVD on YOUTUBE.com - just search for "FOOTLOOSE IN HOLLAND". Part of Grindelwald Productions fabulous Footloose Travel Series... Two films on one DVD: THE DUTCH COASTAL PATH follows the rugged Kustpad between the Hook of Holland and Haarlem, visiting the resorts of Scheveningen, Katwijk and Noordwijk. Debra and David Rixon cross nature reserves in the fascinating Dutch dunescape. AMSTERDAM: The filmmakers Debra and David Rixon walk the historic streets, with a visit the Anne Frank House. Later they discover the Coster Diamond factory, where they are shown how the precious stones are polished.
Amsterdam is a captivating metropolis, a city of canals in which anything is allowed as long as it does no harm.In 1567 the much-travelled Italian,...... more
Amsterdam is a captivating metropolis, a city of canals in which anything is allowed as long as it does no harm.In 1567 the much-travelled Italian, Lodovico Guicciardini, referred to Amsterdam as 'The Venice of the north'. Today the view across the main square and royal castle gives little hint that the city is supported by stakes and that Amsterdam is the largest lakeland village in the world. The bicycle is one of the city's main features and indeed parking spaces have been designed specially for this mode of transport that shows that even in a large city there is an alternative way of getting about. In the city centre there are nearly seven thousand protected houses and warehouses most of which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and the three hundred year old Magere Brug is of wood construction and is one of the most beautiful drawbridges in the world. The Bloemenmarkt has been in existence since the 17th century and in bygone days fresh flowers were delivered by boat and sold on board. Here a great variety of colourful tulips and bulbs is offered for sale as well as many exotic plants and seeds.New Church is almost six hundred years old but due to it's lack of worshippers it is now used as a venue for exhibitions and concerts which fund its continued maintenance. Built in around 1300 A.D., Old Church is the oldest religious building in the city. During the Middle Ages it served as a refuge for vagrants but today it is surrounded by a seedy sex and entertainment district. In 1682 the city fathers decided to create a leisure area in the east of the city in the centre of which the Artis Zoo was subsequently established, the oldest zoo on the European continent. Amsterdam possesses an inescapable charm that is adored by both aged hippies and trendy teenagers alike. It is Europe's irresistible 'Capital of Cool!
Advantages: Great instruments and singing Disadvantages: None
...I've been lucky enough to see Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra in concert a number of times now, once at Kew Gardens and twice at the Royal Albert Hall and all those times they have been absolutely sensational. Here are people who actually know what music is, can play instruments like its second nature and really know how to put on a show.
Jools Holland has had an amazing...
Advantages: Interesting towns, great nature reserves and many attractions Disadvantages: Very quiet off season
...The Netherlands are the lowest of the low.....Low Countries that is, and the Delta region is the lowest area of them all.
This review is about three towns we visited when we were there earlier this year: VEERE, MIDDLEBURG and SLUIS.
* VEERE - a Scottish enclave *
As the town has historical links with Scotland and is in fact twinned with CULROSS in Fife, we just had to pay it a
Advantages: Comfortable, clean, not far from station or city centre. Very high standard of rooms. Disadvantages: Poor TV reception, terrible tea at breakfast!
...The Mercure chain owns two hotels in Bristol. One is the Brigstow in Welsh Back, a busy area for nightlife right beside the river. The second is the Holland House Hotel and Spa, only five minutes walk from the Brigstow but in a quieter spot on Redcliffe Hill. Choosing the quieter option, I stayed for a Saturday night at the four star Holland House in July 2009.