the City

Amsterdam has many faces. Everyone knows about the 165 canals, the 1281 bridges, the more than half million bicycles, the flower market, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. But beyond that, the city also offers a sparkling nightlife and excellent shopping. You have a choice of various galleries and over 44 museums. There is a market or flea market to visit every day of the week. Amsterdam really does have it all (http://iamsterdam.com/nl)

There are many other lesser-known treasures to find around the city, such as Our Dear Lord in the Attic; a small hidden church dating from the 17th century right in the heart of the red light district. If you’re feeling energetic, you can go for a run in the Vondelpark and afterwards enjoy a caramel stroopwafel at Holland’s biggest daily market – the Albert Cuyp. Don’t forget to ask the lady of the house at Fleur d’Amsterdam for up-to-date information about exhibitions. A short 25 kilometre trip from the city can lead you to the wonderful windmills; see attached picture of the mills in the Schermer, taken on an early April morning by Jim Plasman.