Happy New Year to all! As promised, we will be continuing our Special Walking Tour through March 1st. This includes as before a 2 hour walking tour with the most popular highlights of Amsterdam, followed by a delicious warm cup of pea soup (or gluhwein), the Dutch remedy against the cold!
Tours will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays; For details and reservations please contact Marion via our contact form.
Due to the big success of our special walking tour, we will be prolonging it for the winter, and announcing more dates next week. In the meantime, we wish you a very Happy New Year! Enjoy it wherever you are, and we look forward to greeting you in Amsterdam next year!
Come and join our Christmas walking tour, which includes 2 hours of seeing all the highlights of Amsterdam, followed by delicious warm pea soup (or Gluhwein!) at a local pub, guaranteed to warm you up!
Special price is EUR 20. Departure is at 2.00 pm on December 26th, December 27th, December 28th, and December 29th.
Come join us for Christmas Dinner! if you are feeling blue, because you are all alone on Christmas Day, far from home, come join us at a wonderful Christmas Celebration on Dec 25th at a neighborhood cafe in Amsterdam; please contact Marion for details!
Below you can see a shot from the traditional Sinterklaas Celebration in Amstelveen Shopping Centre. Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on 5 December, the night before Saint Nicholas Day, in the Northern Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December, Saint Nicholas Day itself, in the southern provinces, Belgium, Luxembourg and Northern France.
For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins based on Saint Nicholas. Accompanied by his band of cheerful helpers, the Zwarte Pieten, he rewards good kids with chocolate letters and marzipan, while he punishes naughty children by bringing them coal instead of presents.
Sinterklaas is considered the primary source of the popular Christmas icon of Santa Claus.
April 27 is “Kingsday” in the Netherlands… This is the biggest holiday of the year except for Christmas, and until you have experienced it, you can’t possibly understand what it means: Before the holiday starts, people have already put down their name in their favorite spot on the sidewalk (preferably right in front of their house), and at 7:00 am or earlier on the day itself, they are busily setting up their stand, so all junk accumulated during the year for this purpose will be displayed in the best way…. Continue reading