Book review: Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue book cover

I bought this book at an airport bookstore in Amsterdam’s Schipol heading back home from a long flight. It then sat for two years on my bookshelf before I remembered about it and picked it up. Am I glad I did! Written by Dutch novelist Simone van der Vlugt, this novel was translated to English…

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Amsterdam seen from the canals

Last week I wrote about taking a boat tour around Hamburg boat tours. With all due respect to Hamburg, if there’s ever a city that truly merits a boat tour to understand the lay of the land, it’s Amsterdam. I love this Dutch city of canals, and I highly recommend that you enjoy wandering along…

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Visiting Haarlem… the ‘original’ one in Holland

When my family and I are back in America, Harlem, New York City, is home. So on a recent trip to Amsterdam, we couldn’t resist taking a short train ride to see Haarlem, the New York neighborhood’s namesake from back in the days when the Big Apple was New Amsterdam and a Dutch colony. Haarlem,…

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