The Netherlands

                                                                      Is cruising along historic canals

Amsterdam is ripe for rambling, its compact core laced by little lanes and quarters. You never know what you'll find: a hidden garden, a shop selling delicate handmade jewellery, hundreds of coffee shops, an old classic dutch cheese factory. Wherever you end up, it's probably by a canal. And a café. And a building that looks like a Golden Age painting or smoking a joint in the sunshine.