My husband and I have lost count of how many times we’ve been to Amsterdam. Since it’s a major hub connecting Canada and Europe, we often fly through Amsterdam to get to our final destination. KLM offers free stopovers in Amsterdam, so we’ve often taken advantage of this: sometimes it’s only for an overnighter; other … Read more Our Top 5 Favourite Places to Drink in Amsterdam
Well here we are, already into December. Time to start putting up the Christmas tree, hanging up the lights, and buying gifts for loved ones. You know what makes a really nice gift? Cheese. On our most recent visit to Amsterdam, we decided to get out of the city and visit a new town. Luckily … Read more What’s So Gouda About Alkmaar?
This is Part 2 of our Behind the Scenes tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers. If you missed it, check out Part 1 here! After Mark and I finished our Peachtree and 7 Up drinks, we left the De Kuyper Works! workshop behind to see the rest of the facility. Marja, our guide, walked us … Read more An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers – Part 2
Our most recent visit to Amsterdam was a little different from all of our previous trips there. It was our first time travelling with friends. Oh, sure, we’ve made friends on group trips before. But this was the first time we were consciously travelling with people we already knew. Mark and I had a mental … Read more A Tour and Tasting at Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal
Admittedly, I take the Netherlands for granted. My husband and I adore Amsterdam, and can easily spend a week or more in this amazing city without ever leaving its center. But the Netherlands has a lot more to offer beyond Amsterdam’s city limits. Prior to our last visit to Amsterdam, I had set up a … Read more 5 Reasons to Visit Schiedam, South Holland
Have you ever fallen in love with a liqueur or spirit and wished you could tour the distillery that made it? Well, in April 2017, my husband and I had this very opportunity! It all started while we were planning our most recent vacation to the Netherlands. Mark mentioned that we were low on Dropshot liqueur, and … Read more An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers – Part 1
If you’re a fan of gin, a visit to the House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience in Amsterdam should be on your must-see list. And even if you’re one of those folks who thinks gin tastes like tree sap, the Bols company probably still makes a liqueur or two that you’ll find appealing. Gin … Read more A Visit to the House of Bols – Now With More Flair!
On our latest jaunt to Amsterdam, my husband Mark and I travelled with four friends. One friend in particular, Renee, really wanted to eat at the Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis, aka the Upstairs Pancake House. Anthony Bourdain ate here on an episode of The Layover, which was enough of an endorsement for all of us. So Renee took the responsibility of arranging … Read more Lunch at the Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis in Amsterdam
Enkhuizen is a picturesque little town roughly an hour’s drive north of Amsterdam. Although its population is modest at approximately 18,500, the town boasts one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. In fact, back in the day, Enkhuizen was one of the major harbour towns for the Dutch East India Company. Today, it’s big … Read more A Visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, Netherlands
If you haven’t caught on already, I love Amsterdam. The museums, the shopping, the food, the architecture, the weather, the tulips….it’s all amazing. But the one thing that had been missing from all of our adventures in this great European city, was to drink genever in a proper genever bar. For the uninitiated, genever/jenever is … Read more Seeking out the True Genever Experience: Wynand Fockink