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Dutch jenever is largely cited as the predecessor of modern gin.

Locals and tourists can taste different varieties of jenever in bars across the Netherlands.

Made from juniper berries, grain, and molasses, jenever is essentially a Dutch variety of gin. It typically comes in jonge (young) and oude (old) varieties, which differ in their color, aroma, and malt content. Generally speaking, older jenevers have a deeper yellow color, as well as a more complex aroma and taste.

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It is believed that jenever, sans Juniper berries, was originally used for medicinal purposes in the 1700s (some might argue that it still is). The berries were added to improve the taste, and apparently it worked. The Dutch started to drink jenever for pleasure and eventually began to export the spirit worldwide — nearly 4.2 million gallons by 1792!

Amsterdam is unsurprisingly known for jenever tasting, but Schiedam in the South Holland province is particularly known for its jenever-producing history.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2021 May 21
Utopia on Mars
Image Credit: NASA, The Viking Project, M. Dale-Bannister (Washington University)

Explanation: Expansive Utopia Planitia on Mars is strewn with rocks and boulders in this 1976 image. Constructed from the Viking 2 lander's color and black and white image data, the scene approximates the appearance of the high northern martian plain to the human eye. For scale, the prominent rounded rock near center is about 20 centimeters (just under 8 inches) across. Farther back on the right side of the frame the a dark angular boulder spans about 1.5 meters (5 feet). Also in view are two trenches dug by the lander's sampler arm, the ejected protective shroud that covered the soil collector head, and one of the lander's dust covered footpads at the lower right. On May 14, China’s Zhurong Mars rover successfully touchdown on Mars and has returned the first images of` its landing site in Utopia Planitia.

3 Cocktails with Genever, the Granddaddy of Gin

A note for cocktail history buffs: Despite the fact that many of the best gins in the world come from England, the herby liquor actually traces its origins back to the Dutch—specifically their spirit genever. It was the Dutch who brought their preferred tipple to England, which soon evolved into the more-familiar gin we know today.

Like gin, genever is a white spirit steeped with botanicals. Unlike gin, genever has a distinctively malty grain base—its maltiness might remind you more of a much, much lighter Scotch and though it&aposs still a clear, juniper-steeped liquor, it tends not to be quite as sharply herbal as gin.

The brand you&aposll often find (and one we&aposll happily recommend) is Bols Genever. Their barrel-aged line is excellent, but the standard genever works beautifully for each of these cocktails. Give it a try and see if you can&apost appreciate what the Dutch have loved for all these centuries.

Easy: Genever and Soda

There are plenty of liquors out there that can be well-appreciated with enough ice, a good garnish, and a big splash of soda. Genever is one of them. A simple genever and soda is also a good test—if you like this, you&aposll like the other ways you can work with the spirit.

Instructions: In a tall glass with ice, combine an ounce and a half of genever and four ounces of club soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel (or for something a little sexier, as in this photo, a few lemon half-wheels).

Intermediate: Genever Old Fashioned

Cocktail geeks call drinks like an Old Fashioned "spirit-forward," which essentially means "boozy." But in order to work as a spirit-forward cocktail, the spirit itself needs a certain weight and heft to it a vodka Old Fashioned wouldn&apost only taste somewhat strange, but doesn&apost have any body as you drink it. Genever, on the other hand, has the weight and character to really pull off a format like the Old Fashioned.

Instructions: In a mixing glass with ice, combine two ounces of genever, a quarter-ounce of good maple syrup, and two big dashes of Angostura bitters. (Sometimes we&aposll tell you that bitters are optional, but in a cocktail with as few ingredients as an Old Fashioned they&aposre essential.) Stir all that up with ice, and then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon and an orange peel, twisting both over the surface of the glass to release their citrus oils.

Advanced: The Dutch Apple

So, we&aposre pretty proud of this one, if we do say so ourselves. The particular maltiness of genever goes really well with apple cider, and heated up, this is a totally easy-drinking but unusual winter warmer that&aposs both intriguing and familiar. Bonus: it&aposs really, really simple to make.

Instructions: In a small pot, combine two ounces of genever, two ounces of cider, half an ounce of honey syrup (equal parts honey and water) and a dash of Angostura bitters. Heat over the stove just until it simmers (you don&apost want to cook anything, just warm it through). Pour into a heat-safe glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Snuggle your nose down into the glass, take a few deep breaths and savor.

Breakfast Recipes that Travel Well

These dishes were favorites of our pre-coronavirus get-togethers &mdash the ones in which everyone could dig in and help themselves. Times have changed and so has serving. The CDC recommends that everyone bring their own food or at least their own utensils. At the very least, appoint one person to dish up the communal dishes this year.

This sausage breakfast casserole can be made ahead of time and tastes good even when it&rsquos lukewarm. Put it together the night before, then bake it right before it&rsquos time to go.

Bake up some fresh bread like this apple yogurt bread with streusel topping the day before, then just wrap tightly for the trip.

Like the casserole above, coffee cake is great because you can transport it in the same thing you cook it in. If the recipe calls for icing like this maple walnut coffee cake, just bring it with you.

These breakfast sliders are all made right in a single casserole dish. Transport this in the casserole dish, then assign one server to pull out the individual sandwiches for serving.

Homemade cinnamon rolls are a comfort food favorite and if you leave them in the pan, they travel great. Take it up a notch this year and try these festive eggnog cinnamon rolls for a holiday party.

TravelingMom Tip: Use this Expandable Potlucker Bag Food Saver when transporting these dishes.

Individual Servings for a 2020-Style Breakfast

For 2020, old standbys like huge fruit platters aren&rsquot such a great idea. Try making small individual fruit salad bowls if you&rsquore looking for healthier options. Try this recipe with the lime glaze for added flavor.

Muffins are a great idea in these socially distance times. These individual strawberry coffee cake muffins are calling our name. Make ahead of time and transport in one of those cupcake carriers or a muffin tin.

Make up a full batch of these breakfast burritos, individually wrapped, then just reheat the morning of. Transport in a large storage container that doubles as a way to take any extras home.

Another great choice is homemade scones like these almond and cranberry ones. They can be made ahead without getting dry if you follow the tips in this recipe.

13 Most Scenic Day Trips by Train Around the World

Enjoy breathtaking landscapes without having to worry about taking your eyes off the road.

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Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic

While the Alaska Railroad has multiple week-long train adventures, the railway also offers several scenic day trips. One popular option is the Coastal Classic route, which covers 114 miles from Anchorage to Seward, snaking through the Chugach Mountains, along Turnagain Arm and into the rugged backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula. A seven-hour stopover near Kenai Fjords National Park enables travelers to explore at their leisure, even take a park ranger narrated cruise and dine on a delicious prime rib buffet, before settling in for an evening return to Anchorage.

Inca Rail’s 360° Machu Picchu Train

The crown jewel of train travel in Latin America may be Inca Rail&rsquos luxurious 360 degrees Machu Picchu Train. Boasting six railcars, an outdoor viewing platform and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows across the train, Inca Rail gives travelers the opportunity to more fully experience the Andean landscape, including winding rivers and snow-capped mountains. A GPS-activated audio guide narrates the journey from Poroy Station in Cusco to Machu Picchu, giving passengers insights into their surroundings and the ancient Inca civilization.

Glacier Express

Sit back and enjoy the leisurely pace of this seven-hour train ride from Zermatt to St. Moritz as you absorb the delightful alpine views from your seat on board the Glacier Express in Switzerland. Book a day trip or include the Glacier Express as part of a multi-day adventure with a travel company, like Cox & Kings, which offers a nine-day Switzerland: Panoramic Train Journeys vacation package that takes travelers across snowy mountains and green pastures of Lucerne, Montreux, Zermatt, Andermatt and Zurich.

Grand Canyon Railway

Skip the lines at the entrance gate to the Grand Canyon&rsquos South Rim. Instead, get your tickets punched for the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona and board a restored streamliner-era train bound for Grand Canyon Village. The journey takes just over two hours one-way and the train disembarks in front of the historic El Tovar Hotel. On the return, plan on cowboys, shoot-outs, sing-alongs and, of course, all the majestic scenery, from wide-open prairies to ponderosa pine forests, you care to take in.

New Zealand’s TranzAlpine

Experience the striking New Zealand landscape on a rail journey between Christchurch and Greymouth, which takes just under five hours one-way to travel nearly 140 miles aboard the TranzAlpine. Ready your camera for picturesque views of Mount Binser before the train crosses the Waimakariri River to reach Arthur&rsquos Pass National Park. Keep your eyes open for the majestic Lake Brunner, one of the largest lakes in New Zealand&rsquos South Island, as it&rsquos tucked away in the Southern Alps.

The Presidential Train

Once used to transport royalty and heads of state, the Presidential Train is considered by many to be the star of the rail system in Portugal. Retired from service in 1970, then thoughtfully restored in 2010, the luxurious Presidential Train today takes travelers on a nine-hour round-trip rail journey between Porto and Vesuvio in Northern Portugal. Each ticket includes a four-course gourmet meal prepared by a Michelin-starred chef, a port wine tasting, live music and afternoon tea service on the return to Porto.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Travel the same tracks once used by miners in the 1880s on board the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado. As the train snakes along the Animas River, it climbs nearly 3,000 feet over 45 miles of unspoiled wilderness from Durango to Silverton. Book a first-class seat in the Presidential Class car, which delights thanks to a restored Victorian seating area and a large outdoor viewing platform. This historic railroad has been wowing guests continuously since its opening more than 135 years ago.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

This eight-hour train trip on India&rsquos Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train," takes travelers across lush valleys and tea plantations, through dense jungle and into fragrant forests on board a narrow-gauge steam train. The route runs 50 miles through the Himalayan foothills from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, making scenic stops along the way, including the famous Batasia Loop. Today, the railway is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even more exciting, the train has a brand-new air-conditioned compartment, a first in its 137-year history.

Norway's Flam Railway

Book your spot on a popular Norway in a Nutshell tour from Fjord Tours, which includes scenic train rides on the breathtakingly popular Flam and Bergen Railways. The Flam Railway, in particular, has been called the most beautiful train journey in the world, and it&rsquos easy to see why. Across 12 miles of Western Norway, expect to see cascading waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, hilltop farms, and magnificent fjords. It&rsquos also one of the steepest train rides, taking guests nearly 3,000 feet above sea level in just one hour.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Dating back to the late-19th century when outlaws and gunslingers ruled the Old West, a rail journey along the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a bucket list-worthy adventure. Board a narrow-gauge steam train in Antonito, Colorado or Chama, New Mexico for a 64-mile day trip through mountain canyons, across high desert and along a 137-foot high trestle bridge before climbing to the top of Cumbres Pass at 10,105 feet.

Vatican City to Castel Gandolfo Train

Spend the day at the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of popes since the early 1900s, on this train trip from The Roman Guy. Pope Francis no longer uses the residence or grounds that sit atop the ancient Roman ruins, so he&rsquos opened them to the public. The day trip includes a scenic ride through the Castelli Romani hills from Vatican City on the pope&rsquos train, a tour of the Barberini Gardens and a locally-sourced Italian lunch. Delicious.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Be awed by the scenic wonders that make up Colorado&rsquos Rocky Mountains as you chug along the Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Canon City, which sits an hour southwest of Colorado Springs. Book a seat in the Vista Dome car for breathtaking views and stay for delicious onboard meals, like grass-fed buffalo burgers and basil chicken panini. Make it a day by pairing a two-hour train ride with a rafting adventure along the Arkansas River with Echo Canyon River Expeditions.

Jacobite Steam Train

Harry Potter fans make note, book a ticket on board the Jacobite Steam Train with West Coast Railways. This 84-mile round-trip rail journey takes travelers from Fort William, the largest town in the Scottish Highlands, which sits at the base of Britain&rsquos tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, to Mallaig, a bustling fishing village. As you cross the famed Glenfinnan Viaduct, the train will pause for photos of the tremendously scenic views. Once you arrive in Mallaig, you&rsquoll have 90 minutes to explore and do lunch before chugging back to Fort William.

4. Flemish Stew

Hearty Flemish stew warms you from the inside.

If Alison had to pick one favourite Belgian dish, it would be Carbonnade à la flamande (French) or Stoofvlees (Flemish). This Flemish stew literally translates to “stew meat” and that’s a pretty accurate description.

This typical Belgian food is made from beef slowly simmered in Belgian beer until it melts in your mouth. The sauce is thickened with a few slabs of bread slathered in mustard, a bit of onion, and some seasoning. Some chefs add other ingredients like mushrooms or garlic, but the traditional recipe focuses on Belgian beer and beef.

Good Flemish stew is so much more than the sum of its humble parts. In the right hands, it can be both rich and slightly tart from the beer. It’s the perfect comfort food on a wet winter day, especially as it is invariably served with French fries or mashed potatoes. It warms you from the inside out. Check out this Flemish stew recipe to make it yourself.

Eat it in Brussels at:

Café Novo – a short walk from Grand Place, this café does a great, traditional Flemish stew, served with fries.
Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés 37, Brussels
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Original Gin

B artenders receive a lot of attention for their role in the culinary cocktail revolution, as they’re the ones mixing up all the creative drinks. But credit must also go to the distillers and spirit producers. Without them, we wouldn’t have the wide selection of rye whiskies available to us to make a proper Manhattan or Old Fashioned. We wouldn’t have a wide selection of bitters, with flavors from grapefruit to celery. And we wouldn’t have specialty liqueurs like crème de violette, which are called for in some antique recipes.

Last year another historic product, genever, had its American revival. Otherwise known as jenever or Holland gin (it’s still popular in the Netherlands, with hundreds of brands on the market), genever is gin’s grandfather, made from grain mash rather than neutral spirits. Two genevers entered (or re-entered) the market last year: One version is from the venerable Dutch distiller Genevieve by San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling, which can’t call its attempt at the early gin style genever, because the name was granted AOC status by the EU in 2007 and can only be applied to spirits produced in the Netherlands and a few surrounding countries.

Both genever and gin are infused with juniper berries and other botanicals. The main difference is in the base spirit. Gin is a highly aromatized liquor based on neutral grain vodka, which is a thin, high-proof spirit. Original genever recipes, on the other hand, are based on malt wine, which is a mixture of rich grains like rye, corn, wheat, and barley, all distilled to a low proof. The malt wine comes out of the still tasting like unaged whiskey. And it’s that profile—malty, heavy, viscous, earthy—that gives character to genever.

The Bols product is gorgeous, with a rich, weighty mouthfeel, grainy richness, and a gentle evocation of juniper. “We went back into our databases, and there were around 300 [genever] recipes that have been collected since 1664,” Tal Nadari of Bols told me at a recent seminar. “They just started experimenting … and the one that won out in the end was the 1820 recipe. This recipe was high on malt wine, but it also came at a time when they had just learned how to use column distillation, so the product is far smoother than the ones preceding it.”

Bols Genever is a blend of malt wine (more than 50 percent) with some other botanical distillates and neutral grain alcohol. Anchor’s Genevieve is a little fierier, due to pot distillation and a higher proof, but it has that same malty heaviness, round feel in the mouth, and ethereal juniper quality.

Genever was the most popular spirit in the United States and Europe until the late 18th century, when lighter, drier, English-style gins started to rise. “But after Prohibition was enacted in 1920,” writes cocktail historian David Wondrich, “we cease to hear much about [genever] as a cocktail liquor. After repeal it comes back in the occasional drink, but 14 years of American speakeasy-goers accustoming themselves to the idea that gin at its very best was a blend of neutral spirits and juniper oil had done their damage. World War II, with the German occupation of Holland, was the final blow to genever’s position at the center of American mixology.”

With the renewed interest in old cocktails, there has been some confusion about which turn-of-the-century drinks call for gin and which really mean genever. It does matter. Try—or, rather, don’t try—a genever with tonic. The two don’t pair well at all. But Bols Genever or Genevieve is absolutely delicious when drunk straight or on the rocks. Or try this Improved Holland Gin Cocktail from Jerry Thomas’s How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion:

Improved Holland Gin Cocktail
2 ounces genever
1 teaspoon rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar to one part water)
1/2 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 dash absinthe

Shake well with plenty of ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Indonesian food

Rijsttafel at Sama Sebo

Some of the best Dutch food actually isn’t Dutch at all—it’s Indonesian. The food of the former Dutch colony is tremendously popular in Amsterdam, and for good reason. There are so many flavors, textures, and different, delicious combinations to try.

A common way to try a lot of Indonesian foods is the rijsttafel, which literally means “rice table.” This elaborate meal consists of 15+ side dishes served in small portions, accompanied by rice. Typical options for the dishes include egg rolls, sambals, satay, and vegetables.

I was lucky to get a spot at the bar of the renowned and super popular Sama Sebo where I tried the modified rijsttafel for one. I’m pretty sure it was just as fabulous as trying the whole spread, and I didn’t have to be rolled home.

Inside The Ketel One Vodka Distillery: Photo Tour

Pursuitist was invited to Amsterdam in celebration of King’s Day – the biggest party in the Dutch calendar and one of Europe’s biggest celebrations. We were a guest of Ketel One, the iconic vodka brand, which has been voted the ‘Best Selling Vodka’ and ‘Most Trending Vodka’ of 2016 in the ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars Brand Report’, by Drinks International. With over 300 years of Nolet distilling expertise, Ketel One has become the leading vodka in the US. To learn more about the brand, Pursuitist visited the distillery in the quaint fishing village of Schiedam, Holland.

Join us on our photo tour of the Ketel One Vodka Distillery, where over 2.5 million cases of crisp, clean and delicious Ketel One vodka is crafted with an amazing attention to detail.

Arriving in style in Amsterdam with Ketel One vans featuring King’s Day.

Founded by Joannes Nolet in the fishing village of Schiedam, Holland in 1691, the Nolet Distillery has produced high-quality spirits for more than three centuries.

The distillery gives regular tours, and we started ours in the replica windmill built in 2005 at the distillery, which is located about an hour away from Amsterdam.

One of the beautifully designed bars at the distillery.

The brand proudly embraces their Dutch heritage. The Nolet family first began making jenever, a highly aromatic Dutch gin, in 1691.

Inside the stunning new windmill.

A series of interconnected buildings and a large windmill form the operational landscape and, while the windmill is a recent addition, it powers almost 20% of the Nolet Distillery’s electricity.

Meeting Carolus Nolet, the man behind the Ketel One brand. Carolus discovered the perfect recipe by combining modern column distillation with the unique liquid produced by copper pot stills. He named it after the oldest, coal-fired copper pot still used at the distillery – Distilleerketel #1.

Eleven generations are behind Ketel One.

Ketel One is so named for the original coal-fired copper still that was used to distill it, Distilleerketel #1. Nolet distillery ambassador Dennis Tamse, pictured below, says Ketel One lacks the “Mike Tyson punch” that lesser vodkas often possess – the raw power that is often mistaken for a full flavor. Instead, it is a subtler drink, gently tingling the mouth without ever burning.

The Nolet Distillery ships 2.5 million cases of Ketel One vodka every year to the U.S., its largest market.

In our blind taste test, I found Ketel One vodka to be smooth, crisp and clean compared to other luxury brands. It’s also exquisitely made, which is the way of the Nolet family. Quality.

Bergdorf Goodman Opens Outdoor Cafe

Afterwards, we caught sight of the stunning Holland tulips.

We couldn’t resist entering into the beautiful tulip fields.

A wonderful day in Holland.

Afterwards, we were transported to the Ketel One House in Amsterdam – that’s ‘Huis’ to the Dutch – an offshore platform (now REM Eiland Restaurant).

We had our very own personal drinks butler catering to every taste.

A delicious handcrafted Ketel One Vodka Martini.

Cheers to Ketel One and King’s Day.

Christopher Parr, is the Editor and Chief Content Creator for Pursuitist, and a contributing writer to USA Today, Business Insider — and the on-air host of Travel Tuesday on Live at 4 CBS. He is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. USA Today has named him one of the “Top 10 Luxury Travel Bloggers” — and Madison Magazine honored him as one of the “Top 20 Most Influential People in Madison.”

Liz McCarthy

Our second day in Amsterdam was our only full day in the city. We’d arrived from Munich the day before and were set to venture to the countryside on day three.

We set out to find coffee and came across a cute bakery (see above) that smelled like heaven and chocolate. We were eating at the famous Pancake Bakery in the Jordaan district. I’d read in guidebooks and online that the place fills up quickly and can have a long wait, so we aimed to get there when the place opened. It wasn’t very crowded though so we immediately got a table and ordered our pancakes.

I had no idea the pancakes wouldn’t be like American pancakes. The list of various kinds was kind of crazy so we went traditional — mine with bacon and his just plain. They were pretty amazing though.

After breakfast we went walking, aiming to hit all the major sites on my list. It was kind of a lovely day so we just strolled through the city. We were going to rent bikes (our hotel offered them as well) but the husband felt intimidated by it. And I don’t blame him. We didn’t really know where we were going and we were just wondering so walking suited us just fine.

We walked around the dam and were effectively harassed by petitioners (or so they said).

Then we walked down to the Flower Market. It was a lovely walk, just strolling along the street, looking in windows and marveling at the city.

The flower market wasn’t all that impressive. I’d pictured stalls on stalls of flowers but in reality it was a bunch of touristy junk and flower bulbs. We thought about bringing home some bulbs but decided against it. In the whole street for the market only two shops had real flowers. And they were beautiful.

As we continued to stroll toward the museum district, we stopped for a beer at another brown cafe. We needed a rest for a bit.

Talk about Gezelligheid (the Dutch word for comfy, cozy, nice atmosphere). I’d read about it in books but that’s really how it felt. And is probably one of the reasons I loved Amsterdam so much. It just felt like such a chill place.

We watched the people bike by the bar and the cars angle for road space. We enjoyed picking out the tourists. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

I’d pre-booked tickets to the Rijksmuseum. We opted for it over the other smaller museums because it was cheaper and would let us see a broader collection rather than just Van Gogh or just Rembrandt. I was all prepared for long lines but there weren’t any. Even if we didn’t have a pass.

So we started strolling around the place and it was pretty remarkable. Of course, the highlight was the Rembrandts, Vermeer and Van Gogh paintings.

We strolled more after leaving the museum, back up to the hotel. We stopped at other brown cafe I’d been dying to go to — Cafe Hoppe. Here’s how Lonely Planet describes the place:

Boasting the city’s highest beer turnover rate, gritty Hoppe has been filling glasses for more than 300 years. Journalists, barflies, socialites and raconteurs toss back brews amid the ancient wood panelling. Most months the energetic crowd spews out from the dark interior and onto the Spui. Read more

The place really seemed to define the brown cafe culture. There was a group of old men in there doing exactly what you read about as the definition of brown cafes.

Next door we nabbed some frites, which we topped with spicy mayo and sweet chili ketchup. NOM.

And then we kept walking. We discovered Beer Temple, a bar dedicated to American craft beer. What are the chances? We settled at the bar and enjoyed some beers we can’t get in South Carolina and chatted with the bartender and other customers about American beer.

We walked from there over to Wynand Fockink, a traditional jenever house that’s been distilling since 1679. It was a bit difficult to find, hidden down a side alley off the dam. We ordered the house speciality boswandeling (secret of the forest, a combination of young jenever, herb bitters and orange liqueur – the effect tastes like cloves) and a beer. The place was very cool. We couldn’t leave without a bottle to bring home.

I’d read “Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour,” which details Rachel Shukert’s post-grad experiences abroad including a time living in Amsterdam, on the trip over. She spend a brief time working at Boom Chicago so I googled tickets and we decided it would be an interesting way to spend a night in the city.

So we walked over to the theater, bought tickets and then walked across the street for dinner. We dined at Mazzo, which was pretty great Italian fare. It just felt like being back in an American city. (below, my surprise dinner since I had no idea what I ordered before it arrived).

Back at the theater we grabbed a bottle of wine and took our seats for the show. It was pretty hilarious and not something we would normally do. I get that it was probably pretty touristy of us but it was fun.

We enjoyed another walk back to the hotel after the show in the perfect weather, strolling by the canals. It was such a beautiful place to be. I love Amsterdam.

100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animals Cams and More

Here are tons of fun things to do at home for the entire family during your coronavirus quarantine.

It’s safe to say things are understandably weird right now. As the world reacts to the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the planet are staying home, quarantining, and practicing social distancing as an effort to slow — and hopefully stop — the spread of coronavirus. Though staying home is totally necessary right now, it means many of us have found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands. If you&aposre struggling to figure out how to keep yourself occupied beyond your usual at-home hobbies of Netflix and chill, you&aposre not alone.

For us, we’ve taken this time to really lean into the leisure side of Travel + Leisure, and help our readers around the world realize that we’re all actually a lot closer than it feels right now. If you’re like us, the idea of not being able to get outside to explore is difficult, but we’ve found that virtual travel is not only fun and exciting, it’s helping us see and understand places we’ve only dreamed about going. From the comfort of your couch you can explore the depths of Carlsbad Caverns and other national parks before “jetting off” to a virtual tour of the Louvre in Paris. Afterwards join an online cooking demonstration from a world-famous chef before sitting down to a breathtaking performance from New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. The world’s the limit — really.

So whether you’re at home trying to find educational stimulation for your kids, in a tiny apartment with your best friend from college dreaming about restaurants, or alone with your dog or plant calling everyone you know on FaceTime, we’ve gathered up a massive list of fun things to do at home during this time. From livestreams of animals to games to play virtually, these activities will keep you entertained, informed, and hopefully put a smile on your face. And we all could use a smile right now.

Take a virtual trip at home

With travel basically at a standstill, it’s time to embrace a new way to see the world — virtual travel and virtual tours. Thanks to the World Wide Web we can go pretty much as far as desired — all without a passport. Below we’ve rounded up the very best ways to experience the world outside our homes from the comfort of our couches, all broken down by different activity types to make it easier to get going.

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