David Bowie, was formidably one of the most iconic and influential pop stars of our century. After my first time watching “Labryinth” , I knew that this Lord of the Goblins, was a treasure to behold. After countless albums, movies, and even admittedly dancing around my room in my underwear to “Golden Years”, or using a fish bowl as a space helmet and belting out “Space Oddity”, His influence was curiously underrated in my life, until today, when he passed away. Upon further research , I discovered, he advocated many causes during his stellar time on this planet, but one … Read more
Friday the 13th is a strange enough day as it is, with black cats, evil and ominous warnings etc hanging over the meaning of this otherwise meaningless day. With the recent events of this year, however, in Paris, we found it unsettling that our normally quaint and safe city of lights was attacked in such a brutal way.
This fear was reflected in tour bookings, we could see people decided to cancel their bookings for walking tours and , and avoid going out in the usually vibrant city streets of Paris.
Then sadly, only a week later, we discovered … Read more
I dunno about you, but this year has been going entirely too quickly. We also have some things going on around here, for example we have expanded our staff. As of now we have 6 guides, in 5 different languages!!! I remember when it was just me! We have all of you , our great guests to thank for it!
So typical day in Amsterdam schedule
1) Arrive at Schipol airport
2 )Check into hotel hostel or Airbnb to get settled
We have been having a great summer here in Amsterdam, how have you been?
We have had photoshoots with models who wanted to come on our tour, will be hosting members of the Dutch press next week and even had a glimpse of Queen Maxima!!!
I know…How do we have time to keep up with photos, but somehow we make it…
Here are a few
Have you booked a ticket yet! Join the fun and see Amsterdam inside and out………..
Well well well. What do we have here, Royalty you say? On our GANJA TOUR?!
Just kidding, no of course not. However, when we were starting one of our walking tours in Amsterdam, at the Royal Palace, Queen Beatrix was just leaving the palace after a visit, when we were starting our tours. We try our best to time the start with a view of the Royals, another added benefit of coming on our tours. You can see Queen B. Sorry not Beyonce, and no, shes actually not the Queen anymore, shes Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands now that she … Read more
Its been an exciting three months here at the Oranje Umbrella.
We have received a report from our main booking agent GetYourGuide.com, that they have sent us over 1,261 bookings since January 1 of this year! That’s not including our own private bookings, and of course, people who have just walked up and joined our tours! We estimate over 2,178 people have walked around Amsterdam with our guides this year and we aren’t finished yet! We even had a chance to welcome a celebrity on our private group tours. We bumped into Jay Pharaoh from SNL (Saturday Night Live), and … Read more
Everyone can agree that one of the best things about going on vacation is guilt free food. All of those calories you would never dare eat at home is ignored because “I’m on vacation!” Famous last words. But you’re right. YOU ARE ON VACATION. So enjoy, indulge and get down with your bad self.
I love food. More specifically, I love anything sweet and anything fried. My husband will not let me go to any local fairs because they are notorious for their fried ice cream, fried Oreos and basically fried anything you can … Read more
With the prominence of the Red Light District, there is no denying that Amsterdam has a salacious history. Lest we forget the historical landmarks, beautiful canals, and the history of courageous people who made Amsterdam what it is today. A mecca of culture and enlightenment.
A place that encompasses all of the qualities that make Amsterdam great is the Begijnhof. Dating back to the 12th century, Begijnhof is an enclosed tranquil courtyard centered in the city’s metropolis. Almshouses were built, as well as a Roman Catholic church. Beguines, a group of unmarried or … Read more
Photo Credit: Sean Donohue
Saturday night is always a favorite of mine, but not for the reasons you might think. When you think of Saturday night, you may think of going out with friends and having a wicked night. Perhaps, you might revel in it because it’s finally the weekend. For me, Saturday night represents finally sitting down and relaxing with the husband. There is just nothing I enjoy more than lounging on the couch, snuggled up to my man and watching a movie. I was a little perturbed last Saturday when my husband suggested we watch Ocean’s Twelve. Having … Read more
Amsterdam or Bust
It’s time to admit that you’ve got wanderlust pumping through your veins. You’ve grown tired of your usual scenery, and your everyday life seems stagnant. Let’s agree to the fact that 2015 is the year that you are going to throw caution to the wind, and take the vacation of your dreams. You are dreaming about a trip to Amsterdam. You’ve read enough about the Red Light District, scenic canals, and the museums. You are ready to experience it in person. You know what? I don’t blame you. With history, … Read more