• The Ice Age is Coming to Amsterdam!

    by  • October 17, 2014 • Amsterdam, Children, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Festivals

    Winter in Amsterdam takes on a whole new prehistoric vibe!

    Thanks to the brilliant quartet of Ice Age animated films, adults and children alike have been entertained in recent years by the amusing exploits of Scrat, Diego, Sid and Manny, bringing the trials and tribulations of prehistoric life to… life! So if your family has a penchant for all things prehistoric and you missed the Natural History Museum’s recent ‘Ice Age Giants’ exhibition, fear not, for Amsterdam is gearing up as the next host city of this fascinating touring exhibition.


    Next month (from 27th November to be exact), the Amsterdam Expo is the venue for ‘Giants of the Ice Age’, providing a fantastic journey through prehistoric times and bringing visitors face to face with the largest mammals to have ever wandered the earth. Wander amongst awesome sabre-toothed tigers and woolly rhinoceros, cave bears, giant deer and of course, the undisputed king of the Ice Age, the woolly mammoth. You’ll also get to see how Neanderthals lived and hunted during the Ice Age, some 30,000 years ago, with displays including rock paintings and hunting tools, many of which have never been exhibited to the public before.

    Running for just 13 weeks (27th November, 2014 until 1st March, 2015), the exhibition is open daily from 9am until 6pm (9pm on Fridays) and tickets start from 16€, with special family tickets available. Visit the website for more details.

    And whilst you’re there (or until January 18th at least), you’ll get to experience the Amsterdam Light Festival, with the city centre illuminated in spectacular fashion. Now in its third year, the 2014 event takes on the theme of ‘a Bright City’, with a canal cruise, entitled ‘Water Colours’, and a walking itinerary – ‘Illuminade’ – specifically designed to showcase the city’s most amazing illuminated displays. The icing on the cake for any Amsterdam city break!


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.