Photo Tour: My Favorite Travel Photos 2012

Golden Gate Bridge

I did a lot of traveling this year.  When I broke it all down; it turns out in 2012 I was living out of a suitcase 7 out of the 12 months.  Which is better (or worse, depending on your perspective) than 2011 where I lived out of a suitcase for 9 months. My trajectory this year started in January … [Read more...]

Amsterdam and Porcelain Houses

Herengracht 203 Top - KLM House #53

One of my travel collections consists of KLM Delft Blue miniature houses. They come out with new house every year, and each one is numbered.   Some might say that the coolest thing about them is that they come filled with Bois Jenever (dutch gin).  What I find most cool is that they are replicas of … [Read more...]

[VIDEO] Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade 2012

Black Booty Shorts Gay Guy

Dutch people overwhelmingly support equal rights for gays, and the country became the world's first to fully sanction gay marriages in April 2001.  So when I found out it was Gay Pride week the weekend I was going to Amsterdam, there was no way I was going to miss the parade.  I expected something … [Read more...]

Photo Tour: Amsterdam City Center

One of Many Bicyclist

Amsterdam's City Center is one of my favorite. On this photo tour, I woke up in the early morning hours, grabbed my camera, and walked around snapping shots, while I worked on taking photos in low light conditions (early morning hours), night time conditions (just after dusk). I was also trying to … [Read more...]

Photo Tour: Amsterdam Country Bike Tour

Bike In Motion

The one thing you can't ignore in Amsterdam are the bicycles.  They are everywhere.  When you cross the street you have to watch out for people on bikes, not automobiles.  This is a biking culture and you will see people pedaling rain or shine.  Bike paths connect the entire country.  So, you know … [Read more...]

Amsterdam: Coffeeshop Tour

The Greenhouse

It's been several years since my first visit to Amsterdam.  And this trip, I was back with a vengence.  I fly through Schilphol about 2 - 3 times a year.  So lately I've only been able to go into Amsterdam's city center during my 6 hour layover (6 hours in Amsterdam).  Not wanting to waste any time, … [Read more...]

Amsterdam Hotel Review: Hotel Pulitzer

Front Entrance on Prinsengraat

Our stay at the Hotel Pulitzer was met with both anticipation and expectation.  I had read a lot of good things about this hotel and the idea of staying in a hotel comprised of 25 restored 17th and 18th century historical canal houses appealed to me.  I mean really, in Amsterdam, you have to … [Read more...]

How To-Do a Layover in Amsterdam

Canal Houses in Amsterdam

You look at your travel itinerary and you see that you have a 6 hour layover in Amsterdam.  You’ve heard all about Amsterdam...and would love to check it out, but you only have 6 hours.  Think you got time?  You bet you have time.  A six hour layover in Amsterdam is just enough time to make you wish … [Read more...]