Amsterdam: Van Gogh, Canals, Contemporary Architecture, Gouda, Music, And More


One of the highlights of my recent trip to Europe was returning to Amsterdam after 15 years.  It’s one of my favorite cities in the world.  On this visit, I stayed with Erwin, a Dutch guy whom I met on the Couchsurfing website.  While I had a nasty cold, I did manage to enjoy the city during my two night stay.  Here are the highlights of my brief visit:

  • Walking along the canals and admiring the architecture – Amsterdam is a unique city!
  • Having tea at the recently refurbished Hotel Europa – loved the view of a canal.
  • Shopping for aged Gouda cheese.
  • Attending a free flute concerto at the Concert Gebouw – Amsterdam’s gorgeous concert hall.
  • Seeing many works of art by Van Gogh for the first time at the Van Gogh Museum.
  • Taking a canal ride around the center of Amsterdam. And,
  • Staying with Erwin and getting a glimpse of Dutch culture.

Tea Service at the Hotel Europa

Click here to see more photos of Amsterdam.

Planning a trip to Amsterdam?  Feel free to contact me.  I’d be happy to help plan your trip.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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