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CAFE AMERICAIN – Amsterdam art deco

The Netherlands' oldest grand cafe - Cafe Americain, Amsterdam, built 1902.

When I first came to Amsterdam as a poor backpacker, an occasional coffee in the Cafe Americain was one of the few luxuries I could allow myself.

It helped that it was right by the outdoor terraces of the Leidseplein, where I could sometimes earn enough to pay for my coffee by busking with my yellow violin. Continue reading


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NOW AND THEN #1 – Sloterkade, Amsterdam

We love visiting the Stadsarchief Amsterdam (City Archives). It’s free, the building is really impressive, the exhibitions and films of the city’s past are always entertaining, and it gives me ideas for blog posts…

Sloterkade 2011. The big pink building may not improve the streetscape, but it is a roof over our heads.

Sloterkade, date? Pre 1950s anyway. Photo - Stadsarchief Amsterdam.

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