In The Netherlands, Bike & Boat Tours, ‘The Dutch Way’

Everyone, from crib to coffin, pedals a bike in the Netherlands. The country is mostly flat and ideal for cycling, but the best part is that cyclists pedal along roads either with no cars at all (with tiny traffic lights for bikes) — or with drivers who actually pay attention to cyclists. That is why… [Read More]

Choose Your Cruise: Hawaii

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Seafarers sailed into Hawaii long before cruise ships began charting courses for the exotic Pacific islands. More than 1,000 years ago, in fact, Polynesian settlers paddled their outrigger canoes to see much of what modern-day visitors see on their arrivals in Hawaii: verdant volcanic peaks forming a backdrop to fertile valleys of sugar cane, thick… [Read More]

In Delft For Dutch Stroopwafels

Love cruising? Love cycling? Love sweets? From Rotterdam, I cycled less than 10 miles to Delft, the charming village where I stopped to eat and learn more about Stroopwafels with Wil and Erik Schravendijk. You can rent bikes in Rotterdam near the Central Train Station for around 6.50 euros. You’ll need to leave a 50… [Read More]

St. Petersburg Comes To Amsterdam: The New Hermitage

New museum offers opportunities for those cruising to or from Amsterdam this summer. On June 20, 2009, a major new European cultural destination situates itself in Amsterdam. Hermitage Amsterdam opens its doors to welcome visitors to an elegantly restored 17th-century building that will serve as the only dedicated, independently managed venue in the West of… [Read More]

InterContinental Amstel: Amsterdam’s Grande Dame

Editor’s Choice: InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam’s Grand Dame The Facts — Commanding an awe-inspiring view overlooking the Amstel River, the palatial InterContinental Amstel is Amsterdam’s regally impressive Grande Dame. And as a grand old lady who holds high status and a degree of respect among her peers, the Amstel claims her spot as Amsterdam’s best hotel… [Read More]

InterContinental Amstel: Amsterdam's Grande Dame

Editor’s Choice: InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam’s Grand Dame The Facts — Commanding an awe-inspiring view overlooking the Amstel River, the palatial InterContinental Amstel is Amsterdam’s regally impressive Grande Dame. And as a grand old lady who holds high status and a degree of respect among her peers, the Amstel claims her spot as Amsterdam’s best hotel… [Read More]