Tag: amsterdam

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A review: Hilton Hotel, Schiphol Airport

We spent the evening before our recent week in Tokyo at the Hilton Hotel in Schiphol Airport. We started our journey in Amsterdam as flights from there to Tokyo (via Helsinki) were so much cheaper than booking direct from London. Plus, judicious use of points meant it was a free hotel stay. So I really ...

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Two weeks to Tokyo

I had a lovely realisation on Sunday morning as I sat in Starbucks sipping a bucket of coffee: in less than two weeks, @TheFrankFlyer and I will be back in Tokyo for eight days of fun. Anyone who's read this blog for a while will know it's my favourite city on Earth. So being able ...

40 days until Tokyo!

Today marks the 40-day countdown to my next trip to Tokyo and to say I'm excited is an understatement. We're going to firstly spend an evening in Schiphol Airport's Hilton Hotel and then fly to Tokyo the following morning with Finnair, via Helsinki. This was how I got to Tokyo when I brought my nephew, ...

Memories of Japan: Getting there with Finnair

Last month, I took my nephew to Tokyo for a week - a holiday I'd been looking forward to for months. He's only ten, so I had to travel to him to start our journey, which resulted in a rather convoluted journey to Japan. I first flew with @TheFrankFlyer to Edinburgh, then drove on to ...

A Dutch interlude

I'm sitting in Amsteram's Schiphol Airport, waiting for my flight back to London. I've been in the Netherlands since Wednesday, when I flew over for a conference.  Work-wise, it wasn't too bad. But I was a little sleep deprived (one night due to impressive thunder and lightning!) and survived off some pretty awful conference food. ...

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Don’t bring your bigotry with you

An appalling story reported by Attitude - refugees from the Middle East who have ended up in Amsterdam have been threatened and attacked... by other refugees. Just because they're gay. After being spat on, threatened and attacked by others in their refugee centre, Dutch News reports five gay men – three from Syria, one from Iran and ...

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Amsterdam eating…

I spent all of last week working in Amsterdam. The unexpected highlight was a meal at the most excellent Cafe Modern, where I ate five mouth-watering courses of deliciousness. It's a set menu, no options, all in for €40. You'd be crazy to quibble or to question their selection. Now my Dutch is okay for ...

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The journey begins

And so we're off... At London City Airport, waiting to get on our flight to Amsterdam, where we're spending Xmas. Then, on Boxing Day, flying to Edinburgh, to spend a few days with my family in Scotland. Back in London in time for New Year's Eve, which I anticipate spending in a reclined position on ...

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Am I mad?

I may well be... I've just entered the ballot for places in the 2014 London Marathon! I know I had a really tough time of it at this year's event, but I'm confident I could shave at least 30mins off my time next year. (If I can avoid getting tripped up and injured again!) I ...