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AMSTERDAM’S BEST PARKS – my top five

Cycling in the Amsterdamse Bos. There are over 50km of paths to choose from.

Cycling in the Amsterdamse Bos. There are over 50km of paths to choose from.

Most visitors to Amsterdam discover the beautiful Vondelpark. It’s already several metres below sea level and sinking all the time, possibly under the weight of the 20 million feet that tramp through it each year.

It’s not the only park in town, and those who have time shouldn’t overlook some of the city’s other leafy and lively open spaces. Continue reading

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BRYANT PARK, NEW YORK – an oasis with flair

Only a couple of blocks from Times Square, but what a difference!

We were on our way to see the wonderful New York Public Library, when we were waylaid by a little park behind it.

In Bryant Park, a couple of young attendants were wheeling out trolleys of books and setting up an outdoor ‘Reading Room’. They do it every day during the warmer months, they told me, allowing regulars and casual passers-by to pick up a book, magazine or newspaper, pull up a folding chair, and start reading under the trees. Continue reading

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