About Masha K
Lives in Moscow, Russia
Since Oct. 2014
25-34 year old female
I am an art specialist who travels a lot. I've lived in Venice, London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Saint Petersburg and travelled all across Europe because of my job, currently I reside in Moscow. I'm really glad to share my personal discoveries in terms of local food, art&culture places and other activities with a wider audience!
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The Amsterdam canal network is an essential part of the city's urban planning history. The Canal Belt — three big channels connected by smaller radial streets and canals — was commissioned and developed in the 17th century, and as a result, Amsterdam rapidly grew to three times its original size, and was christened 'Venice of the North.' Climb aboard a boat and admire Amsterdam from the water — the city-scape looks completely different from this perspective!
While Vondelpark is the most touristic park in the city, its proximity to the Museum Quarter doesn't detract from its peaceful and beautiful atmosphere. It's great to take a walk here and enjoy some fresh air, admire the sculptures by Pablo Picasso, explore the Blue Tea Room's modernist pavilion, and even take in an open-air theater performance during the summer season.
During the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, the Netherlands experienced an era of tulip mania, when tulip bulbs were actually traded on the stock exchanges of numerous Dutch towns. Today, you can find the distant relatives of these bulbs at the Bloumenmarkt (Flower Market), situated in the center of Amsterdam. Get ready to admire the largest number of beautiful flowers you've ever seen (in spring and summer at least; during winter this place is admittedly less impressive).
Artis is not just a zoo — it's also an aquarium, butterfly pavilion, planetarium, and several historical buildings rolled into one. It's a truly unique experience to see so many exotic animals against a backdrop of such beautiful Dutch architecture.
Hortus Botanicus is more than just a nice garden with the most beautiful and rarest of plants. Since the Netherlands has always been a great trading nation, the Bontanical Garden is also the site where many botanical breakthroughs have taken place. For example, the western tradition of drinking coffee started here, with a single plant that was brought from Arabia and cultivated in Amsterdam. The same thing happened with the oil palms, which were cultivated here and then shipped to South East Asia to form the giant plantations found there nowadays.
Literally a forest in Amsterdam (but not exactly a wilderness), Amsterdamse Bos is a vast territory — with so many activities on offer that time may very easily run away from you. Explore the goat farm and sample the products made there, take an excursion on a boat, go swimming in the pools, and wrap it all up with a relaxing visit to the spa. And if none of those take your fancy, it's also perfect for bike rides!
If you happen to find yourself in southeastern Amsterdam, then Gaasperplas Park, a small green area with a lake and clean sandy beaches, makes for a lovely outdoor escape.
Occupying an entire street, Albert Cuyp is perhaps the most popular and largest market in the city. You can find almost everything here, from fresh local fruits to clothing and shoes. I highly recommend arriving with a healthy appetite, and sampling foods while you browse — from waffles to Dutch strawberries to freshly made smoothies, there's something to suit every taste here.
Dive inside the Flemish paintings at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum of Dutch culture. Windmills, Dutch Golden Age residential architecture, workshops, and ateliers... It's all there for the exploring. Plus, you can learn about the country's famous cheese-making and traditional Dutch crafts, all in an idyllic landscape not far from the city.
Known as the 'architectural laboratory of Amsterdam,' the former shipping docks were relocated to the west in the 1970s, and the city council decided to establish a housing area in their place. Today, the Eastern Harbour neighborhood is an interesting mix of well-preserved original buildings and contemporary architectural landmarks.
A former factory site, West Pacific Westergasfabriek is now a popular cultural spot, featuring a beautiful city park, historic factory buildings, workplaces, and a range of film, theater, and exhibition venues. Events like art and photography fairs take place in the former Gashouder (a gas cistern), and there are plenty of interesting shops and galleries to browse while you're here too.