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Cruising along Amsterdam Canals with Canal Bus & Bike

by Zhiqiang & TingyiSeptember 30, 2012
Canal Boat Cruise Bike

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has been called the “Venice of the North” for its more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.  There is no better way to explore Amsterdam’s canals then with boat tours around the canals – if you don’t like to go on tours, you can [...]

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Souvenir Shopping in Amsterdam – Delft Blue, Tulips, Stroopwafels and Weed

by Zhiqiang & TingyiMay 6, 2012
Amsterdam Tulip Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir-shopping in Amsterdam can be quite an adventure as there are so many things that are symbolic of the country – Holland/the Netherlands and the city – Amsterdam.  A typical Dutch souvenir that you can find practically anywhere in the city could be a cheap trinket in Delft blue, hand-made clogs, a delicacy like cheese [...]

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Dutch Cheese and Wooden Clog Factories at Zaanse Schans Open-Air Museum

by Zhiqiang & TingyiMay 1, 2012
Zaanse Schans Wooden Dutch Clog

Besides walking along the banks of River Zaan and exploring the windmills along it i.e. De Kat (The Cat) Dye mill, De Zoeker Oil mill and Het Jonge Schaap Saw mill, there are lots of other things to do in the Zaanse Schans open-air museum. The best way to see picturesque Zaanse Schans is just [...]

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Day Trip to Zaanse Schans Open Air Windmill Museum

by Zhiqiang & TingyiApril 22, 2012
Zaanse Schans Windmill

Most people associate windmills with Holland/The Netherlands – however with modern technology and electricity, windmills had gradually lost its importance for industrial production of goods.  Around 1920 there were only about 50 windmills left of the 1000 that had made the Zaan district in the Netherlands the oldest industrial area of the world.  Thankfully, in [...]

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Exploring the Alleys of Amsterdam Red Light District

by Zhiqiang & TingyiApril 15, 2012
Red Light District

De Wallen is the largest and best-known Red-Light District in Amsterdam and a major tourist attraction. It is located in the heart of the oldest part of the city and covers several blocks south of the church Oude Kerk and crossed by several canals. De Wallen consists of a network of alleys containing approximately 300 tiny one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual [...]

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I Amsterdam City Card – Affordable and Convenient Access to Amsterdam Attractions

by Zhiqiang & TingyiApril 7, 2012
I Amsterdam City Pass Card

One of the first few things we typically do upon arrival at a new city is to find out where to purchase public transport passes and check out how to get to the key city attractions. It can be quite a challenge to do the former as it might involve long queues to buy the [...]

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Travelling Like a Local with Wimdu at Brussels Le Lys d’ Or Guest House

by Zhiqiang & TingyiNovember 30, 2011
Wimdu

For our next leg of our honeymoon trip in Brussels, Belgium, we were hosted by Wimdu at the Le Lys d’ Or Guest House – a charming, beautiful apartment in Wimdu’s inventory of houses for short-term rental in Brussels. Compared to our Wimdu canal-house apartment in Amsterdam, the Le Lys d’ Or Guest House is [...]

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Sphere Fine Dining at Brussels Atomium Belgium Taste Restaurant

by Zhiqiang & TingyiNovember 24, 2011
Atomium Brussels

Just as iconic as Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Atomium is one of Brussels’ most famous attraction. It shares a similar history as the Eiffel Tower as it was originally built for Expo ’58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and planned to stand there for just 6 months. However, it became a symbol not only of [...]

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Travelling Like a Local with Wimdu at Amsterdam Canal House Apartment

by Zhiqiang & TingyiOctober 26, 2011
Wimdu

During our last trip to Budapest, Hungary, we discovered an affordable and convenient accommodation alternative to hotels – Apartments! Compared to hotels, apartments offer more in terms of privacy, space and convenience without burning a huge hole in our pockets. However with so many apartments on offer online, you will never know if you are [...]

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Floating above Cappadocia with Urgup Hot Air Balloon Flight

by Zhiqiang & TingyiMay 19, 2011
Hot Air Balloon Turkey Goreme

A visit to Cappadocia, Turkey is not complete without taking a Hot-air Balloon Flight over its beautiful landscape in the early morning. The view from the top of the many fairy chimney rock formation that dotted the Cappadocia area, is just breathtaking. It is no wonder that this is the top tourist activity in this [...]

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