An exotic stroll through the colonial history of Amsterdam

In the 17th century, the Golden Era of the Netherlands when it controlled world markets, sailors would often anchor and stay onshore only for a few hours. In order not to lose their precious loot, they would carry their acquired treasures with them to the pubs of Amsterdam. Here, however, frequently after a few shots of Jenever, a typical Dutch gin, they fell asleep in the bar. When they did not have enough money to pay the bill, they would often give the bar owner a parrot or an ape, says the bartender in Int Aepjen at Zeedijk 1 street, right across from the main train station. This pub has a specific atmosphere that will immediately take you to that time of overseas expeditions and the conquering of new lands, or in other words, to the colonial era. “We still say “I was At the Ape’s”, having spent the whole night out looking through the bottom of a glass”, adds the bartender.

Although the Golden Era is now just another chapter in its long history, even today we can trace the colonial influence in Amsterdam. Reminders of the Dutch colonies abound beyond the ivory frames on Rembrandt paintings and the blue and white Dutch porcelain; massive dock depots full of coconuts, citrus fruit, spiced teas and a variety of herbs, century-old shops that have been selling exotic fruits since time immemorial as well as oriental restaurants lining the streets along the famous Grachten. And last but not least, there is this passion with which the Dutch grow their tulips a passion that they fell into way back in the early 17th century when the first bulbs of this beautiful flower were imported from Asia.

A fusion of nations on the streets

However this colonial influence is the most visible on the streets of Amsterdam: people whose ancestors came from Surinam, Indonesia or the Dutch Antilles, create typical street scenes in this “Venice of the North”. Its rich marine history has led to a remarkable cultural variety. The thriftiness of the Dutch and the sense of home intertwine with the colonial abundance and the richness of colours, which, to a considerable extent, contributes to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the capital city. “Amsterdam is a multicultural municipal village”, says our guide Bregtje Viergever-Michels about her capital city. Amsterdam’s centre does really have a village feel, but its residents are tolerant towards otherness and are open to variety. “This we owe to the 17th century merchants”, adds Bregtje. “If they wanted to do business with the Far East countries, they had to be open to them”.

    1. Spicy smells and sweet and sour tastes

You can feel the colonial influence the most when you taste local dishes. The Kjantil en de Tyger restaurant (at Spuistraat 291-293), furnished in rare tropical wood, charms with its friendly staff and tasty spicy meals influenced by Indonesian cuisine. Dutch conquerors also brought a festive Indonesian dish to Europe, the Rijsttafel (rice table). It consists of 15 to 30 smaller portions of foods, all served with rice. Every visitor to the Netherlands should taste Rijsttafel without hesitation.

For several years now a new type of mixed Asian cuisine has been making its way into Amsterdam. Some fine colonial foods are on the menu at Avi’s Roti Shop (Kloveniersburgwal), where you can try Roti, a specialty from Surinam it is a variation of the pancake, which is filled with strongly spiced meat. The colonial taste definitely also comes in the Speculaas, biscuits with Asian spices such as cinnamon, and nutmeg. Speculaas is available at nearly every good bakery.

Amsterdam is currently the world’s biggest cocoa port. A thought you will definitely remember when you try a piece of Puccini (Staalstraat 17) 70% cocoa content chocolate. Simply a divine treat!

However should you prefer the delicious taste of tea, go to Geel’s (Warmoesstraat) where there is an amazingly wide selection: from Assam through to Earl Grey, the aroma and tastes of the colonial classics filling the air.

The Jacob Hooy pharmacy (Nieuwmarkt) with its antique trading room with original furniture dating from 1743 today still sells aromatic spices and other colonial items. You may be forgiven that something was amiss standing in a pharmacy selling spices. However the explanation: At that time spices were taken onboard ships as medicine, given by the chatty pharmacist whilst standing in a room saturated with the smell of nutmeg, ginger, curry, and cloves settles the matter.

The renowned P.G.C. Hajenius (Rokin 92-96) is a special shop devoted to tobacco. The Art-deco styled cigar house is a heaven on earth for cigar smokers. In one air-conditioned room you can find a wide selection from the prettiest cigarillos to Grand Finales on display, while in the private VIP section even the former boss of the European Central Bank Wim Duisenberg has established his personal storage of Hajenius cigars.

Clearly, Amsterdam’s colonial history is hidden in many other places as well. The past exotic discoveries from abroad still burn more or less intensely today and it is up to the individual visitor as to whether they follow the exotic traces of the Dutch ancestors. This is just the beginning of the discovery of the long list of attractions that day after day continues to grow bigger with new influences from throughout the world.

Take Home a Piece of Art

The pleasure of being in the company of craftsmen is what Kraków offers to newcomers searching for both the harmony of the Renaissance and Secession atmosphere in the alluring live art on any corner, and in a multitude of markets, galleries, cafés and bars.

Although typical artistic culture is presented in a number of public and private galleries, a visitor can spot works of art in almost every other café and bar. Artists, artisans, café owners and any tiny exhibition room are in constant rivalry for the best works and souvenirs. We arranged meetings with a few craftsmen in their studios and workshops to learn about the latest artistic trends in Kraków.

Leszek Dutka welcomes us in his old attic, an incubator and a shelter for various artistic works. He is over 80, yet still searches for unique forms such as the ones in his latest exhibition dedicated to September 11. “I am spontaneous and my art is figurative,” explains Mr. Dutka while showing a couple of metaphoric canvases. They are colourful and depict soft, vibrating and shapeless subjects. The same abstractionism of birds, masks and devils is also engraved in ceramic sculptures. Both paintings and figures of applied art are exhibited at the Dominik Rostowski Gallery and Bunker of Arts.

Very close to the amusing and grotesque experiments on canvases are the cartoons by Andrzej Mleczko, who has a gallery-shop in his studio at 14 Jasna. “It was a brief experiment, but curiously, it is now visited by thousands of people,” says Mleczko. His time is often taken by customers queuing at the counter for his autograph. He promoted the art of caricature and turned it into a business when all cartoonists in Kraków refused to work with the media in the 1980s. For those who have more fantasy, Mleczko’s pillows, mats, aprons, T-shirts and bed sheets with cartoon illustrations are not just tips for a gift but also a friendly, although shocking experience, of art in everyday life. When looking at the myriad of caricatures, I am impressed by his dominant art, which is an attempt at addressing all facets of daily life, from a morning cup of coffee to a couple’s bedroom.

No less fascinating are the amber and silver collections made by Eugeniusz Salwierz, who finds different aspects of his creative nature while listening to jazz in a spacious and awe-inspiring studio. He searches initially for unique forms and variants of the fossil resins at the markets in Gdañsk, the home of Polish amber, focusing on the degree of translucency and colour, which range from pale hues and yellow through white, blues, greens, beige and brown shades.

Amber engenders abstract ideas and provokes my fantasy while I cut it, polish and at last embed it in silver necklaces and bracelets,” explains Eugeniusz while showing photos depicting unique amber pieces on the naked body and tender skin of a woman. His items are on sale in Skarbiec Gallery on Grodzka st. and in the Cloth Hall on Market Square, which is full of artists.

Visitors can find a myriad of artists and artisans in the streets of the Old Town. Each has their own interesting product, technique and style to talk about. Many tourists head for the fortress wall near Floriañska Gate, where a series of colourful portraits hang to form the background for wedding pictures; and it is also a popular place for couples to meet.

While taking a break and sipping a cup of coffee in the basements or upper rooms of huge, gabled houses in the Old Town and Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter, tourists learn that the influence of art on cafés and bars is so strong that these venues greatly rival the galleries. For more than 20 years Kazimierz in particular has been a breeding ground for artists’ projects. One vibrant venue, where both jazz concerts and exhibitions by painters and photographers take place, is the Pod Jaszczurami club on Market Square.

Now we are going to visit the small workshop of Krystina. It is a tiny office, but it seems to be a Pandora’s box of gadgets and gifts. I like the idea of blue glasses for wine and champagne bearing motifs of fairytale Kraków architecture. Krystina combines warm colours with antique gold to give a historical touch to her gifts, which are exhibited in the Cloth Hall. Following fashion trends, Krystina also cuts and decorates hats for women and shows me how pictures of Kraków can be impregnated and glued on to glass souvenirs.

Krystina’s technique using scissors and brushes combined with her fantasy seems to be very simple in comparison with the handmade glass-blown Christmas decorations from the M.Geyer factory. From glass tubes to sparkling ornaments hung on a tree – the glass-blowers’ work has a long and creative tradition.

The Master turns glass into silver with the help of ammonia and sugar, then painters draw winter scenes, frolicking clowns and a family of bears from American animations, these are then finished with a touch of spray, a coat of glitter and our Christmas ball is ready.

Once again about Christmas! This time Frantishek shows us how he turns the soft core of a lime-tree into a “human being”. His carved souvenirs depict elements of rural life, such as a hunchbacked woman carrying buckets of water, but he also does angels. They are all on sale in the Cloth Hall.

Once you finish your tour of Kraków’s artistic highlights, make sure you take home a piece of art. It will prompt you to return to make even more new discoveries in this thrilling Mecca of creativity.

Hit the Hungarian countryside & Enjoy a Holiday on a Farm

Are you keen on trying a peasant holiday? Sky Europe’s Budapest flights are your easiest way to delight in a few-days experience with enchanting horses, grey cattle and other ethno-cultural attractions of puszta or the Hungarian Great Southern Plain.

While the shimmering hot air of the pastoral fields that we pass on the way creates mirages, the crossroad city of Kecskemét, the gateway to puszta, surprises us with Art Nouveau architecture and the top-rated Hungarian panacea apricot brandy or barackpálinka in the old Zwack distillery.

But let’s hit Bugacpuszta nearby Kecskemét first! The attractions are typically Hungarian: delicious food with live cymbal and violin music and equestrian presentations such as a riding school, theatrical performances of studs, donkeys and oxen. To top that, the World Four-in-Hand Driving Championship held in August attracts dozens of skilful riders to the Bugac area showing their craft while driving a carriage pulled by four horses.

Getting to the heart of the Bugacpuszta, which is the most visited part of the Kiskunság National Park, we discover rustic houses scattered on sandy plains and randomly appearing vine-yards and apricot orchards. One could find a signboard with the name of a farmhouse rather than of a village or city here.

Bugaci Karikás Csárda is an ideal place for renting a holiday peasant house with a thatched-roof and an open-air fire for cooking goulash, a traditional shepherd’s soup with meat and potatoes. Besides baked specialities, you can try also a refreshing cold soup of raspberries, apples and apricots served by a waiter dressed in the clothes of Sándor, the Hungarian Robin Hood, who used to rob carriages.

One excellent party with friends can be made in the guesthouse, once visited by Queen Elizabeth II, where the manager himself, Zsolt Tóth, can prepare some palatable meals upon request. As he says, amateurs can learn to ride a horse in 2 weeks and then explore the plains from the saddle, while others prefer a trekking tour and watching pheasants and falcons. A top attraction is the horse show and open-air cattle-shed.

An exclusive farm party/show worthy to be booked in advance is the one in Tanyacsárda (near Lajosmizse), where the innkeeper welcomes with a shot of apricot brandy. At first, dozens of galloping studs leave you with the taste of dusty soil whirling in the air. Then a performance of artistic horse-riding lifts everyone’s expectation for amusements including overturning of a bottle by a whip, or an outstanding ride of Puszta Five, the show of an equestrian riding 5 horses.

While delighting in goose liver and grilled/fried vegetables, you are whirled to the rhythm of folklore songs, music and dances of cheerful girls, who a man can kiss under a scarf. The nourishing dinner ends with a flat cake made from milk and eggs covered with apricot marmalade and brandy and served a la flambé.

Some 10 kilometres of the farm, you can get accommodation in the Gerébi Kúria mansion tucked in a grove of the plain, where you can experience also horse-trekking and panorama tours with carriages and join numerous horse shows. The calm environment is an excellent venue for conferences and weddings.

Looking for both accommodation and horse-riding entertainments, also hit the road to Varga-Tanya Pension (on the way to Lajosmizse) – simply there is a countless choice of venues, and it is only up to you how your ethno-cultural weekend or holiday will look like.

While returning from the puszta weekend tour, we stop in Kecskemét, named after goats gifted by bishops to the new Christians – Hungarians – many centuries ago.

It is a place for exploring splendid Art Nouveau buildings with folklore motives and artisan craftsmen products. See also various sacred places such as the former synagogue, the Big Church and the Franciscan Church.

As our tour goes through a row of colourful and bright buildings, we enter the tile-roofed town hall, with floral decorations and relax in the courtyard, the stage for classical concerts in summer. The New College of Calvinists, recognizable by its high spire and Transylvanian motives, as well as Cifrapalota with charming folk and majolica ornaments and curves, are one of the top attractions in Kecskemét.

If you visit the town on August 24-29, see the presentation of traditional products and peasant cuisine represented by salty, flat home bread or langos, baked in a stove of clay and straw and served with garlic sauce or sour cream. September is devoted to folk musicians and during non-rainy weekends the promenade is full of stalls selling handmade craftsman products.

An inside look into Hungarian rural life would miss a spark without learning how the tasty and aromatic sunshine distillate of Fütyülos barackpálinka or “whistling” apricot brandy is made. A tour of the old distillery from the beginning of the previous century and the plant’s latest production lines acquaint you with the history of the Zwack family, producing brandy as well as other spirits such as the well-know Unicum. Of course, the end of your tour will be product tasting and potentially a purchase of a small souvenir bottle, or even a bigger one.

When you make your way to the plains around Kecskemét, there is no doubt that hosts of farmsteads will welcome you with their traditional hospitality and show you the Hungary from the past centuries. Furthermore, autumn is the best period to experience peasant life amongst friendly horses.

Medieval Times and the Baroque Majesty

I have heard a lot about the birthplace of Mozart and expected the streets of Salzburg to swing to the tunes of “the greatest composer of all time”, who was later to be marketed in chocolate. But the combination of the Baroque and medieval flair of Salzburg’s old town beneath its hills offering a perfect view of the city made me even more eager to meet my guide and discover the gems of this gateway to numerous ski resorts in Alps.

The guide told me that the Celts were the first settlers of Salzburg and that in their language “salz” means life. Salt was once the main product for trade, especially in medieval times, and Salzburg was centrally located on the salt route from Bavaria to Venice.

Salzburg was later recognised as the Catholic centre of northern Europe. The archbishops sought political neutrality to develop the city as a strong cultural and educational centre while other neighbours were in war.

The face of contemporary Salzburg – the Baroque majesty of the old town – was created in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was then that the prince-archbishops Wolf Dietrich, Markus Sittikus and Paris Lodron carried out their major building plans. It was not until 1816 that the province of Salzburg was a part of the Hapsburg Empire, when all of the boulevards, riverbank walks and streets I saw with the guide before we entered the old town were built.

The Mirabell Gardens were commissioned by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich to the famous architect Fischer von Erlach and are truly lovely. He designed the Baroque Mirabell Palace and its green exterior embellished with mythological motifs. One could see that the archbishop wanted a residence with views of the castle and domes in the old town, which were our next stop before sunset.

To see Salzburg spread out before us we took the funicular up to Hohensalzburg Fortress – a boat full of sightseers was paddled up and down the river. The top terrace revealed a view of the city set between Kapuzinerberg and Mönchsberg hills. We walked through a park leading to the Mönchsberg to enjoy another panorama view from the terrace of the stone-cube building of the Museum of Modern Art.

On our way back to the old town we stopped at a beer garden under chestnut trees in the courtyard of a former monastery. I was sure that all beer fans would be happy here as I watched people ordering litre mugs of beer with pretzels and white radishes.

Wandering through cobble streets, we returned to the old town and walked along the former triumphal road. In the times of archbishops, it was the official way to approach the noble cathedral, an architectural Baroque jewel dedicated to St Rupert and St Virgil.

The archbishop’s horses were washed in a water dip, which we found in front of the Sigmund Tunnel built through the Mönchsberg. I found its painted walls and a fountain with a statue of a horse (Italianate replica) very attractive. Nearby there is a concert hall built into the rock of the Mönchsberg and barely visible from outside. The Great Festival Hall hosts operas and festive concerts. Next door the Rock Riding School, which was built over 300 years ago to train the archbishop’s cavalry, attracts visitors to open-air concerts, opera and theatrical performances.

Having passed the horse dip we easily reached the cathedral through the archbishop’s residence on Residenz Square with its dominant fountain. It is reminiscent of the fabulous style of squares and public places in Rome, and indeed Archbishop Dietrich was a member of the Medici family near Milan. He was actively involved in the design of the public places and the Residenz Palace in Salzburg.

The narrow streets of Salzburg’s old town played an important role in public life because the guilds were located here. They are replaced today by fine shopping addresses in the city and a variety of food venues. To relish the atmosphere of old times we undertook a coffee-house tour and ended up at Tomaselli, the oldest café in Austria where Mozart once sipped his favourite white coffee. The Americans turned the coffee shop into a doughnut snack bar at the end of the Second World War, but it regained its former glory and was visited by such famous persons as King Edward VIII, Marlene Dietrich and Louis Armstrong.

One will certainly wish to see the Konditorei (patisserie) of Paul Fürst, the creator of the famous confection known as Mozartkugeln, which are balls of chocolate. At the Paris World Exhibition in 1905, he was awarded a gold medal for this best-selling chocolate and marzipan creation, to make Salzburg and its most famous son popular worldwide.

A cup of coffee and a Mozartkugel are a welcome break after several days of skiing. A trip to the capital of the province of Salzburg will make your winter stay more diverse than you may imagine.

Gastein Ambiance, Alpine Spas and Healing Powers
Despite chilly weather we drove from Salzburg and entered the idyllic mountain world – steep slopes overlooking meadows dotted with cows and houses in small communities. We reached Bad Hofgastein after an 80km drive and took one of the first cable cars up the to the peak of the Schlossalm.

Within the 20-minute ride up the mountain we emerged into sunshine through mist and cloud on the upper level to enjoy the lovely sight of alpine-meadow huts and hiking trails.

From there we looked over the Anger Valley ski centre, the Sport Gastein area and the Graukogel peak behind which a glacier reflected the sun’s rays. A mountain hiker, whom we met at the upper lift station, told us that the ice massif is in a natural park and could be reached with an experienced guide.

When descending to Gastein we visited one of the famous local spas that contribute much to the resort’s fame. The healing powers of the thermal waters of Alpen Therme Gastein had been already known to Emperor Trajan. The ultramodern wellness spa in Bad Hofgstein today is adapted to the tastes of the young crowds who love the après ski in its top-terrace bar or relaxing in a dome of screens, where projections of films or musical clips are shown.

If you spend half a day on the blue or black runs, I would advise you to then visit also the spa in the rocks (Felsentherme) in Bad Gastein, where we stopped to take pictures of the white-capped mountains seen from the swimming pool. The spa’s architecture is of the alpine-hut style. The nudist area is on the top floor of the leisure centre.

From the spa we proceeded into the heart of the Radhausberg mountain for an unusual experience in the radon tunnel in a former gold mine. At the start of the Second World War, attempts were made to revive the search for gold in the mountain because this part of Austria had been a rich source of metal ores since Roman times. Mining reached its peak in the 16th and 17th centuries and then gradually declined. Miners hired to search for gold found none, but their rheumatic, asthma and joint ailments, and even skin conditions had considerably improved.

They were the first to be healed in the tunnel. Continuous research has been undertaken in the tunnel for almost 60 years and about 2.5 million people have visited the Gasteiner Heilstollen. A small train takes abound 120 people each day down a 4.5km tunnel inside the mountain, where in the four stations the temperature ranges from 37C° and 70% humidity in the first one, to 41.5C° and almost 100% humidity in the fourth station. People move from one station to the next at the advice of their doctor. Those who had already experienced the 1.5-hour treatment assured me that the high temperature and humidity and naturally high radon content have vital effects on one’s body. There are also short sample visits for first-time visitors, which take place every Tuesday and Thursday in winter.

After we left the tunnel, an elderly man suddenly run out of the forest and crossed the road in front our car – “as vital as if he has just left the healing tunnel” – my colleagues said with a laugh. Would you not be interested in a sample visit to charge yourself with energy for the next day of skiing?

From the snow paradise to the Mozart style

Who wouldn’t get excited to learn that over 1,700km of ski runs serve skiers in the province of Salzburg in winter and two glaciers (Kaprun and Dachstein) are accessible almost throughout the year. Winter enthusiasts delight in hundreds of cross-country trails and endless opportunities for snowshoe hikes, sleighing, horse riding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-skating, climbing, curling and alpine bathing.

What must lure snow lovers is the kingdom of winter fun in less than 100km from Salzburg in the highest mountains of the Austrian Alps.   Countless sporting opportunities and a variety of ski passes and cards are offered.

The Amadé Ski Region comprises five centres (Salzburger Sportwelt, Dachstein-Tauern, the Gastein Valley, Hochkönig Winterreich and Grossarl Valley). Although all 860km of the Amadé runs are not interconnected, a suitable resort can be found here. The Dachstein region, the most distant from Salzburg, attracts with its steepest slopes and leisure time on the glacier, the modest and oldest region, the Gastein Valley, combines a combination of snow fun and bathing – even nudist – in its spas.

From the poolside are perfect views of ski runs, the nearest alpine meadows and the famous local huts serving tea, mulled wine, sausages, cheese and strudel. This is where après ski usually begins before it hits the resorts below. The Europa Sport Region has 130km of runs above the lake in Zell am See and Kaprun. The first ever glacier opened for skiing in Austria in the beginning of the 1970s, the Kitzsteinhorn, attracts beginners to its mostly blue runs and fascinating views. To see all of the highest peaks, including the legendary Grossglockner, one walks through a 350m tunnel in the glacier. The panorama from the Glocknerkanzel terrace at the end of the tunnel is wonderful.

But from the top of the much lower Schmittenhöhe peak, easily accessible by cable car from Zell am See, the view is better and the Grossglockner is seen more clearly. It is no wonder that “Sisi”, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef, liked to climb the Schmittenhöhe. I discovered a lovely chapel here named after the princess. It is of the alpine style with a white interior, beautiful glass mosaics and a simple wooden ceiling.

Ski conditions are better on the Schmittenhöhe in December and January, but everyone heads for the Kitzsteinhorn in March and April. In summer one can ski on the glacier in the morning and water-ski or swim on the Lake Zell in the afternoon. The lake is used for skating, cross-country skiing, walking and many festivities and carnivals in winter.

Golf enthusiasts can try a winter alternative on a snow course at Kaprun. A special tournament is organised at the beginning of March each year. The more adventurous can join the groups of night skiers every Wednesday in winter, when they walk up the Maiskogel and ski down by the light of headlamps.

Skiers still searching for even more runs with an interconnected infrastructure can visit Saalbach (14km from Zell am See) to enjoy their winter fun in a ski “arena” with 270km of circuitous runs. The two main communities, Saalbach and Hinterglemm, provide many lifts and their famous après ski in numerous bars and discos. The runs finish at the community centre, thus making transport redundant throughout the stay. “The winter programme includes live concerts in the snow and night ski races to give visitors leisure and pleasure,” said an enthusiastic lady from Zell am See who prefers the Saalbach runs that bear the Harlequin emblem. Skiers with sufficient energy to take part in the Saalbach party nights will have found the right place.

Ski Amade: 25 locations, 860km of runs and 270 lifts, night skiing (1.5km of floodlit runs at the Achter Jet in Flachau), special carving stretches (Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl, Radstadt, Wagrain, Flachau Mogul), free-ride stretch (Zauchensee, St.Johann/Alpendorf, Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl), speed-ski (Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl), the Dachstein-Tauern provides a mogul run (Planai-Hochwurzen, Galsterbergalm, Hauser Kaibling and Reiteralm)

Selecting Your Hotel in Rome

Your hotel in Rome will be your home base during your exciting and fun-filled trip to glorious Rome. The right hotel in Rome can either enhance an already amazing vacation or could take away from it.

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You can stay in a hotel in Rome in the heart of the greatest restaurants, nightclubs, bars and just about anything else you can imagine. Rome is one of those cities that is magical during both morning hours and in the evening.