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Born and raised in the U.K., Cecily Layzell hopped the pond to Amsterdam a decade ago and has been keeping it continental ever since. When she’s not scoping out the latest restaurant and bars in the Dutch capital for her website, Eat Amsterdam, the food and travel writer spends her time freelancing for publications all around the globe. Here are a few of her favorite things about the Venice of the North.

It’s a new year and, with it, new trips to plan. As you mull over which places you’d like to tick off your travel bucket list in 2014, consider these brief but compelling reasons why you should visit 20 of the world’s cities from the people who know and love them best.

Emilio Brizzi has been a professional photographer most of his life, and one of his favorite subjects is the city where he lives: Amsterdam. His love for the Dutch capital — from its detailed-oriented architecture and modern take on tradition and history to the laid-back independence of its citizenry — is palpable. See if you don’t fall in love next.

Amsterdam’s Hotel Gems

Amsterdam’s historic liquid core, a checkerboard of intersecting canals, received formal UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage site in 2010 and is now marking its quadricentennial. Here are some of the best places to stay in the Canal District.

Three major canals divide Amsterdam’s Central Canal district into nine little streets that are big on personality. While the more casual shopper may breeze through in an hour or two, serious shoppers can spend an entire day (or more) exploring the quaint boutiques and eateries — all with signature Dutch style — down each lane.

As I was preparing for a recent trip to Amsterdam, I did my usual pre-trip rounds of asking for restaurant recommendations from friends and mining relevant articles and blogs for ideas. Surprisingly, the pickings came back very slim. But there was one trend that proved an exception to the rule.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately round up.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by David Mulder, Flickr.

The first official day of summer is tomorrow (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 quintessential summer must-dos from past I Heart contributors all around the globe.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Welcome back city lovers to another Friday edition of I Heart My City. Up this week we have Keith Jenkins, traveler and writer behind the Velvet Escape blog, who gives us his insider’s tour of Amsterdam. Read on to discover some of Keith’s delicious tips, like where to score the city’s best Flemish fries.

Amsterdam doesn’t have to be expensive. This guide includes a sunset boat ride and all-day bike tour for less than 20 euros a day. [EuroCheapo] Cramped legs, dry air, baby crying. Long flights can be torturous. Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your next extended, in-flight experience a bearable one. [Life…

Forget the royal wedding, London is a great destination to experience art, culture, music, and general merriment. Airfare Watchdog‘s David Landsel gives Frommer’s ten reasons to visit this spring that don’t include the “I do’s.” [Frommer's] Leave the Kindle at home and get reacquainted with ink on a page at one of these great hotel libraries. Through…

Art in Amsterdam

Jim Conaway is just back from a visit to Amsterdam, where he checked out two current exhibits at the city’s celebrated museums. In Amsterdam, two unique artists beckon this winter from distinctly different worlds. Anyone passing through Holland, even with just a few hours between connecting flights, should make tracks for both the national Rijksmuseum,…

Hello, city-lovers! Today we’re exploring to Amsterdam. Local expert Bart van Poll, founder of the fabulous blog Spotted By Locals, explains that the city is so much more than its coffee shops and red light district. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill…

A Bike Powered Bar? Brilliant

There are a few things that get us going here at IT, and bikes and beer happen to be two of them. So when we heard about the bike-powered bar now roaming the streets of Amsterdam from the good folks over at Treehugger, we were instantly intrigued. Here’s the gist: The Fietscafe is a mobile…

The Damn in Amsterdam: Cabbies and Cowboys

Contributing writer Cathy Healy isn’t completely smitten with all things Amsterdam. After wrangling with the taxis in the city, she was happy to report that some changes are in the works. For about five years, Amsterdam has offered a version of taxi freedom that borders on anarchy: You can take any cab you want in…

Sinterklaas and Santa Claus: An Ocean Apart

Contributing writer Cathy Healy was in Amsterdam this year to see some of the festivities that surround the arrival of Sinterklaas – or the Dutch Santa Claus. If you’re naughty, not nice in the Netherlands, Santa’s helpers will stuff you in a sack and take you back to Spain. This is a threat? A free…

Climb Inside Amsterdam

When Intelligent Travel contributing writer Cathy Healy decided it was time to divulge her favorite hotel—and hotelier—in Amsterdam, we leaped at hearing the scoop… Long, lanky Mark Bakker is dangling out of the window of my room, helping hang the repainted Hotel Prinsenhof sign. I’m in the south-facing breakfast room with its wall of windows…

IT’s Reader Roundup: The Last Supper

We all know Traveler readers love to eat. With this final installment of our Amsterdam trilogy, they share their favorite places to do just that. Kimberly Ray, of Portland, Oregon, visited Amsterdam on a European vacation a few years back: "I allowed myself to wander the streets with complete abandon. One day I happened upon…

IT’s Reader Roundup: The Sequel

Last week we shared a number of tips inspired by "Insiders Amsterdam" with you. This week we continue the series with our readers’ favorite things to do in and around the Dutch capital. Brigid Hayes, of Ottawa, Ontario, visited Amsterdam in July of this year: "We visited the Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum), which explores the…