Nijmegen, Netherlands Old City Young Vibe

Nijmegen, Netherlands: Old City, Young Vibe

Nijmegen, Netherlands. We wouldn’t be surprised if you had never heard of this city; we certainly hadn’t before agreeing to housesit in the nearby village of Beek for two months. Since then, however, our knowledge of the city has increased exponentially. Most importantly, we can now locate it on a map – which was a necessary first step! We’ve also learned a bit of the city’s history and have gotten a feel for the youthful and vibrant atmosphere.

Nijmegen, Netherlands: Location

Nijmegen, Netherlands is located less than 10 km from the German border on the bank of the River Waal (which is fed by the Rhine River). The city is a pleasantly stunning sight on the approach by train from Amsterdam. Slender brick homes with long windows capped with slanted, black-tile rooftops face the river. The majestic St. Stephens Church, built in the 13th century, appears to hover above all the other buildings in town, its ornate bell tower dominating the skyline. read more

One day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour: 15 sights to see

As slow travelers, we often spend weeks in cities that many travelers only give a day or two. Only on rare occasions do we limit ourselves to a single day in a city and that only happens when our scheduled commitments and flight arrangements put a squeeze on our itinerary. That’s what happened with our visit to Amsterdam. Eager to see as much of it as we could, we set out on a One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to 15 of the city’s best sights. (Map below!)

Amsterdam is a compact city, but the sights are spread throughout, making it somewhat difficult to organize an easy-flowing self-guided walking tour. To see what we wanted to see, we had to cover some ground, which included a little zigging and zagging. With only one day in Amsterdam, we eliminated stops at museums and didn’t even consider attempting a bike rental. That being said, we left just enough time in our One Day in Amsterdam Self-Guided Walking Tour to sip on coffee, enjoy the views and wind our day down with a few beers. read more

Amsterdam first impressions: How our perception stacked up to reality

Amsterdam first impressions: How our perception stacked up to reality

Before we visited Amsterdam, we had an idea of what the city would be like. The name invoked images of canals, bicycles and two popular beers: Amstel and Heineken. A vague knowledge of the liberal laws regarding pot and prostitution also sifted to the forefront. But, besides the Anne Frank Museum, neither of us were familiar with any of the sights the city had to offer.In a style so uncharacteristic of us, we scheduled only one day in the city, leaving a limited amount of time to find out how our prior perceptions stacked up to the reality of our Amsterdam first impressions. read more