Amsterdam Marketing wishes you a magical Christmas and a very happy New Year.

amsterdam-01Best seen from the water: Amsterdam Light Festival
What better way to experience the spectacular Amsterdam Light Festival than from the unique perspective of the canals? Canal offers a wide range of products on and around the canals throughout the year, and two extra cruises during the festive period (6 December to 19 January). Enjoy a glass of steaming glühwein on the Water Colors Cruise or have a cup of warming Dutch pea soup on the Amsterdam Lights Cruise. From the water, you’ll have a front-row view of the beautifully illuminated city.

amsterdam-02Celebrate winter in Amsterdam at Apollo Hotels & Resorts
With 12 hotels in the Netherlands, Apollo Hotels & Resorts combines comfort, convenience and luxury. Visit one of the many cultural highlights of Amsterdam and combine it with an overnight stay at one of the three luxurious Apollo Hotels in the city: Best Western Apollo Museumhotel, Wyndham Apollo Hotel Amsterdam and Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre. Apollo Hotels offers special Amsterdam Light Festival and museum packages in all three Amsterdam locations.

Party like a rock star
amsterdam-03Join us to celebrate the holiday season at Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam, now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Menu gives you a confirmed table reservation for dinner and includes a welcome cocktail, draft beer, wine, soda and a delicious three-course meal – not forgetting a glass of champagne at midnight. The cafe is filled with festive decorations and the staff is ready to welcome you into a warm and friendly environment. Celebrate like a rock star to a soundtrack of classic, rock and pop music.

 

Expected in 2014: Keukenhof tulips & Alexander Calder sculptures in the Rijksmuseum Gardens
AMSTERDAM - Directeur Keukenhof Bart Siemerink en Hoofddirecteur Rijksmuseaum Wim Pijbes planten de 17de eeuwse tulpenbollen in de Rijksmuseumtuinen FOTO: LAURENS LINDHOUTSince the opening on 13 April 2013, the Rijksmuseum has welcomed nearly 2 million visitors. Group booking time slots for 2014 can now be reserved on the Rijksmuseum website. Next spring, the Rijksmuseum Gardens will be overflowing with 17th-century tulips. In November, the directors of the Rijksmuseum and Keukenhof flower garden planted 2,000 rare and historical tulip varieties. Come and see them in bloom in 2014. Following tulip season, from 22 June to 5 October 2014 around 20 monumental sculptures and mobiles by American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) will be displayed in the museum’s new ‘outdoor gallery’.

Photo: Directors of Rijksmuseum and Keukenhof planted 2,000 tulip bulbs in the Rijksmuseum Gardens.

I amsterdam City Card 2014
amsterdam-05The I amsterdam City Card is Amsterdam’s premier hospitality product with free entrance to world-class museums, a canal cruise and unlimited public transport operated by GVB Amsterdam all included in one pass! In addition, the City Card provides a 25% discount at popular attractions and a variety of restaurants. In 2014 you can also discover the charms of the surrounding area, including historic Haarlem, the harbour village of Enkhuizen, the perfectly preserved Zaanse Schans and picture perfect Volendam/Marken. Available for 24, 48 or 72 hours at €47, €57 or €67 respectively. Contact servicecenter@iamsterdam.com for commissions and more details.

amsterdam-06The Zaanstreek (Zaan Region) in winter
On a clear winter day enjoy a lovely walk and visit the sights of the historic museum village Zaanse Schans. You can see windmills, warehouses and (private) homes from the 18th and 19th centuries. There are several specialised museums, shops and old-fashioned craft demonstrations, covering everything from cheese production to how Dutch clogs are made. A visit to the Zaanse Schans is free of charge and it can be reached in 15 minutes by car from Amsterdam.

amsterdam-07Jopenkerk: church, beer brewery & restaurant
Looking for a special place to have lunch or dinner? The former Jacobskerk (St James Church) in Haarlem is now a fully operational brewery, grand café and restaurant. While enjoying a drink or dinner, you can drink in the brewing process with your own eyes. Large groups (of more than 60 people) can dine privately by booking the whole restaurant. The church doors are open daily from 10.00 to 01.00.

Dazzling diamonds
amsterdam-08In the historic centre of Amsterdam you’ll find Gassan Diamonds, a diamond museum located in a beautifully restored diamond factory that was built in 1879 and was originally steam driven. Visitors can view the diamond polishers at their craft, while multilingual guides explain where diamonds are found and how rough diamonds are turned into dazzling brilliants. An extensive jewellery and watch collection is available in the in-house boutique, featuring brands such as Chopard, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, Omega, Choices by DL and Gassan 121.

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About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.