Postcard from Amsterdam

Photos and story by Richard West The last time I visited Prague was early October, 1989, one month before the fall of the Berlin Wall and liberation of East Europe. The city remained tightly Soviet-sealed: soldiers on the streets; citizens speaking, if at all, briefly in monotones, the words slipping

By Richard West One of the delightful perks of living in this lovely city is the ease in leaving it to explore Holland, a country the size of Maryland, and surrounding regions.  Thus on a recent blustery, chilly Saturday my wife and I boarded the French Thalys fast-train and two

Richard West How pleasant as a new resident to find this is one of the world’s great pub towns, here called ‘brown bars’ from the hundreds of years of tobacco-smoke wall/ceiling stains, now, gratefully, no longer allowed. I’ve staked out ten or so around town that meet my requirements: no