EUROPE · July 23, 2019 Europe is a great destination for first time travellers. Especially if you are travelling solo for the first time, Europe is the perfect place to start. This part of the world offers new cultures, languages and cuisine at every border crossing. Also, Europe has a very reliable public transport system that makes travelling in Europe a breeze. Some of these destinations you would have heard of before and some might be new to you. All of the cities listed are bucket list destinations for their own reason. Some offer more of a challenge, others are extremely comfortable to travel solo, even if this is your first trip alone. Over the last eight years travelling I have discovered more of Europe than any other continent. From as far West as Lisbon to as far East as Moscow, there are many more destinations in Europe beyond this list for first timers. Check out my guides for Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Europe if you are looking for more off the … [Read more...] about Where to Go for your First Time in Europe
As you plan your trip to Europe, one conundrum I imagine you’ve come across is the Amsterdam itinerary posts you’re finding. Some focus solely on the vice of traveling in Amsterdam (namely, legal marijuana), while others (certainly nothing I’ve published) are boring as all get out, and are little more than museum guides. This post, to be sure, takes a delightfully balanced approached. I recommend a few museums, yes; but I also recommend you visit them after having smoked. I also talk you through a few options for day trips from Amsterdam—but not too many. This isn’t Lonely Planet, mercifully. Whether you’re looking for cool things to do in Amsterdam or want a blueprint for a complete trip, I encourage you to continue reading. But hold off on lighting up, at least for the next few minutes. Where to Stay in Amsterdam The best place to stay in Amsterdam is a subjective question, but it’s also one I’ve researched a lot. During my early … [Read more...] about Summer Pick: What to do in Amsterdam!
Women have sold sexual favours in Amsterdam since its earliest days as a port, but their clients are now outnumbered by gawping sightseers and revellers. The city’s red light district throngs with people on a good night (or day) out. Stag- and hen-parties squeeze along the canalsides; tour groups block the alleys. The women say that’s bad for business, and have to suffer people jeering at them, taking photos without consent, and spitting at the windows; residents complain of the crowds and the noise, and many Amsterdammers resent one of the oldest and most attractive parts of town being so infused with seediness. And then there are the darker issues of people-trafficking and forced prostitution.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Is Amsterdam’s red light district no longer of our times?
Where is it? The Sir Albert Hotel is the original Sir Hotel – the group now also runs the Sir Adam in Amsterdam North plus hotels in Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam. It’s located on the edges of De Pijp, a beautiful area of Amsterdam where you’ll find countless cafes, boutique stores and restaurants, so if that’s your kind of thing (if you like east London, it will be) then you couldn’t be better placed. It’s around 10 minutes to the Rijksmuseum and 25 minutes to the city centre, which is close enough to make it easily accessible but far enough away to enjoy a far more relaxed atmosphere than the tourist clogged centre – you’re unlikely to bump into too many stag and hen dos around here. Style Located in an old diamond cutting factory, the Sir Albert has a sturdy, almost foreboding appearance from the outside, its red brick facade punctuated with large iron-frame windows. A huge painted mural of a grey heron on the building’s side, … [Read more...] about Sir Albert, Amsterdam
SEX workers in Amsterdam have hit back at plans to end red light district tours, claiming guides are often helpful in educating tourists in acting respectfully to the women. They also fear the fall in foot traffic will affect their earnings, due to the lower foot traffic. Sex workers' union Proud questioned whether banning tours will reduce tourist numbers and argued that guides educated visitors and encouraged them to behave more respectfully toward the women. A worker known as Velvet, who is also the advocacy coordinator for Proud, said: "It could also be that now there are no guides that people just wander into the area themselves and gawk at the women behind the window and take photos because there is no one anymore to inform them how to behave or what the rules of the game are in this area." One woman wrote on Twitter: "I am a sex worker in the Red Light District. And no, we are not happy with Amsterdam's war on tourism. "The majority of our clientele are tourists. No tourist is … [Read more...] about Sex workers slam Amsterdam’s ban on tours to the red light district as ‘no tourist is no income for us’