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Things to do in Amsterdam: Nine Streets

Amsterdam is a really great city and I love to head there for a few hours on a Saturday to experience all the different things going on.

There are so many things to do in Amsterdam but one of my favourite areas to spend time in is the Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes). This picturesque neighbourhood sits in the heart of the Canal District – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and is a 15-20 minute walk from Centraal Station and a 5 minute walk from Dam Square. negen straatjes, nine streets, amsterdam, netherlands, things to do in amsterdamnegen straatjes, nine streets, amsterdam, netherlands, things to do in amsterdamWithin the Nine Streets, you can find an eclectic mix of designer and vintage boutiques, gift, book and record shops, cafes, restaurants and bakeries, and so much more.

How to spend a few hours in the Nine Streets:

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What to pack for a ski holiday

If you follow me on social media, then you’ll probably have seen that I recently got back from a family holiday to stunning Lapland. As well as snowboarding and skiing, we also did a bunch of really fun activities – visiting a reindeer farm, taking a night-time horse and sled ride, driving husky sleds, and more.what to pack for a ski holiday, levi, Lapland, skiing, winer holidayLapland was magical. The most wintery place I’ve ever been with so much snow and just a complete festive feel every day. We stayed in the lovely resort of Levi, approximately 170km north of the Arctic circle so we had to be prepared for the cold.

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Navigating Malaga Airport

Anyone else suffering from January blues? I’ve been looking at flights everyday to sunnier climes which reminded me that I haven’t done a “Navigating…” post for a while.

Malaga Airport is one I’ve seen change hugely over the years. We’re lucky enough to have a holiday apartment between Marbella and Estepona which I try to visit at least once a year so I’ve flown to and from Malaga numerous times over the past 12+ years.

What used to be a very outdated, small airport has been massively developed and has grown into one with a lot of different amenities. Here’s a few Continue reading…

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Explore Netherlands #5 – Amsterdam Light Festival

“Existential” – the theme of this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival is about how the essential element of light helps to meet the basic needs and dreams of man. The artworks have been created to show how tangible light can be and how we, as humans, regard light as a certainty in our world.

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Explore Netherlands #3 – Museum Speelklok, Utrecht

Self-playing musical instruments? museum speeklok, museumkaart, utrecht, things to do in utrecht, museums in the netherlands, perlee organ, street musicThat’s what the Museum Speelklok in Utrecht is all about and it’s one of the loveliest, most fun museums I’ve visited in a while.

Housed in the beautiful Buurkerk, one of the oldest churches in Utrecht, the Museum Speelklok is full of instruments from the 16th Century onwards that play lively, entertaining music.

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6 things you should know about using Airbnb

There’s travelling like a tourist and then there’s travelling like a local. Airbnb has made the second option so much easier in recent years. By staying out of hotels and hostels and getting to live in a home, your travel experience can be completely different and sometimes more enriching. airbnb, amii at 30, deventer, netherlands, holiday, travel blogI love being able to experience real-life when I travel and not just stick to the usual tourist opportunities. Don’t get me wrong, I still love doing an open-top tour bus and a bunch of museum and attraction visits when I travel to somewhere new but I also like to Continue reading…

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Explore Netherlands #2 – Dutch stereotypes

Every country has it’s stereotypes and whilst many are true to some degree, there are also many which aren’t true at all. I love hearing what people think of the British and also love to see whether the stereotypes in places I travel to have any grounding in today’s world or whether they are completely far-fetched and unrealistic.

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