Category Archives: travel

A visit to Salem

On Friday my friends Tim and Betsy drove us to Salem, a historic town in coastal Massachusetts and, of course, notorious for the Salem Witch Trials.  Those trials, in 1692 and 1693, wound up with the kangaroo-court conviction and execution of 19 people: 14 women and 5 men accused of witchcraft. But we went there […]

Noms in the Boston area

He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else. —Samuel Johnson The main goal of my trip to Cambridge and Boston was to relax in the company of friends, and I’ve met that goal very well. I haven’t done much sightseeing despite a nice trip to Salem (photo tomorrow, I hope), but […]

Belgium: Louvain-la-Neuve

I still have two more batches of photos from Belgium. This is the first, some pictures from my academic stint in Louvain-la-Neuve, a small town of about 30,000 people. It’s also new, as it was started in 1969 after language wars between speakers of Flemish and of French at the Catholic University of Leuven caused […]

Amsterdam: Part VI

I’m going to Brussels to talk in a few hours, and this will be the last of my Amsterdam posts. Photos will be sparser for a few days as I’ll be working, but I have two days in Ghent, which is supposed to be a lovely town, and I’m scheduled to drink good Belgium ales […]

Amsterdam: Part V

This is either the penultimate or antepenultimate of my posts on Amsterdam, as I’m now in Belgium. First, of course, comes food: lunch at the Cafe Sonneveld, highly rated for Dutch food. The proportion of tourists in cafes like this is high, perhaps because the touristy part of Amsterdam as compared to, say, Paris, is […]

Amsterdam: Part IV

Two days ago was the obligatory visit to the Rijksmuseum, the epicenter of Rembrandt paintings, drawings, and etchings. The building dates from 1885 and includes, besides the Greatest Painter of All Time (my opinion), works by Hals, Vermeer, and even the stray Van Gogh. I was lucky to be there for the “All the Rembrandts” […]

Amsterdam: Part III

I forgot to mention the ubiquity of bicycles in Amsterdam, but of course it is the first thing one notices on the streets. Bikes are everywhere and most everyone rides one: not ten-speeds or fancy bikes, but solid, sturdy ones designed for horizontal transportation. (You don’t need gears in such a flat country.) Below is […]

Amsterdam: More food and fun

Some holiday snaps: The houses along the canals are lovely, and I bet they cost a pile: Most of the canals have no railings, and I wonder how many people fall, bicycle, or drive into the canals each year. It would be hard to get out as there are no ladders and the vertical distance […]

Amsterdam: food

I’ve been here but one day but have already sampled some of the culinary delights of this city. More are to come. After arrival we asked where we could find a good place for Dutch pancakes, and it turned out one was not far away: the Pancake Bakery in the Canal District (scroll on the […]

Where should I eat in Amsterdam?

I’ll have a full six days in Amsterdam starting on Sunday, and I don’t know the restaurants in that town very well. If you do, please advise me on where to eat.  Note: I eschew raw herring but I love Indonesian food, and I want to have a rijsttafel when I’m there. I’d also be […]