Things to Do

Keukenhof Gardens


Tiptoe Through the Tulips on this Day Trip from Amsterdam

The Dutch are very keen on horticulture. After windmills, when people think of the Netherlands, they think of tulips. They are on every souvenir at every shop, there is a flower market in the center of Amsterdam selling bulbs all year round and the Hortus Botanicus runs a tulip exhibit.… Continue Reading →

De Kaaskamer

De Kaaskamer

Cheese Shop in Amsterdam’s 9 Streets

After spending a morning shopping the impossibly cute shops in Amsterdam’s 9 Streets, you are probably starving. It takes a lot of energy to browse through vintage clothing stores, antique shops, and stores that sell nothing but buttons or toothbrushes. After converting all of those prices from euros to US dollars (best not to think about the poor exchange rate too much-you overbudgeted for this trip, remember), it is time for lunch.… Continue Reading →

Rent A Bike In Amsterdam

windmill amsterdam

Go Dutch And See The City On Two Wheels

When you get off the train at Centraal, the first thing you see is bicycles. Kids biking. Old folks biking. Moms with babies on their laps biking. Men texting and smoking and biking. The only suckers using their own two feet to get around are foreigners like you, so it is high time you get on a bike and ride.… Continue Reading →

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum, Historical Museum in Amsterdam

The Story Begins When The Amstel Was Dammed…

The Amsterdam Museum should be your first stop on your first visit to Amsterdam. (Note — if you are looking in a pre-2011 guidebook, this museum was previously known  as the Amsterdam Historisch Museum.) Why go there first? Well, when you arrive in Amsterdam, the beauty overtakes you.… Continue Reading →

ABC Bookstore

American Book Center in Amsterdam

Anglophone’s Paradise in Central Amsterdam

Towards the end of your trip to Amsterdam, after a couple of long layovers and train rides, you suddenly find you are out of things to read. You breezed through your paperbacks and magazines, and you watched all the movies you put on your iPad.… Continue Reading →

Old Sugar Distillery

It was a dark & stormy kind of night

You know how much we love to drink beer here at L&A headquarters, but once in a while we like to mix it up – so after a great dinner at the Avenue Bar, we headed over to the Old Sugar Distillery to try some spirits created right here in Madison.… Continue Reading →

Anne Frank House

A Human Face on the Cost of War

Photo Courtesy Massimo Catarinella

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, is one of the most moving and thought-provoking books ever written. If you haven’t already read it – stop reading this post right now and go find a copy. If you have read it – a pilgrimage to Amsterdam to see the annex where Anne, her family and the van Pels family lived for years during World War II, is a worthwhile endeavor that will drive home the dreadful human cost of war.… Continue Reading →

Dutch Resistance Museum

A Fascinating Documentation of the Dutch Resistance During World War II

World War II started for the Dutch in May 1940 with the bombing of Rotterdam. It continued through the deportation of most of nation’s 140,000 Jews (only 30,000 would survive the war), the failed Operation Market Garden (the basis of the film A Bridge Too Far) and the Hunger Winter of 1944-1945.… Continue Reading →

Tuschinski Theatre

Dinner and a Movie – Amsterdam Style

Our favorite date night in Amsterdam: lingering over beer & bitterballen at De Beiaard, then strolling over to the Tuschinski Theatre to catch a popcorn flick. Now, we know what you are thinking: “Why are you seeing a movie on vacation that you could see at home?… Continue Reading →

Heineken Experience

Have You Ever Been To A Beer Experience? Well, I Have.

We talk a lot about beer and breweries here at L&A. It could be our German ancestry or Wisconsin residency, but it is probably because beer tastes good.  Heineken is no exception. Now, I know there are some haters out there who call Heineken (and any other green bottle brew) skunky, but hear me out.… Continue Reading →