Jan192020

Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam for the birds

Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam remodeled since my last stay a few years ago. This hotel has been my go to Radisson property in Amsterdam as the chain’s lowest priced hotel within the city center. The hotel’s tagline is “A natural habitat for curious travellers”. The location next to Amsterdam’s 1865 well-developed 120-acre Vondelpark means time…

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Jan152020

Unlucky 13? Not when Point Lobos whale spotting.

Gray whale migration is swimming south this January past the Monterey Peninsula of California’s Central Coast. I walked from Highway 1 into Point Lobos State Reserve around 11:40am and after a little more than a mile walk through the Monterey pine forest, reached the ocean view around 12 noon. In sight of the sea the…

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Jan122020

Amsterdam winter light of day

Amsterdam at 52 degrees North latitude places the Dutch capital at a more northerly location than any state in the USA, except Alaska. Visiting in late December means fewer than 8 hours between sunrise around 8:45am and sunset around 4:30pm. Chances are the sky will be cloudy and gray, but when the sun shines the…

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