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The PG-13 Amsterdam

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If you're going to Amsterdam and you have no interest in the drug scene or paying for sex, don't worry, there's much more to this city than coffee shops, magic mushrooms, and Russian teenagers.  This is how you can have a fun few days in Amsterdam without having to lie to your spouse about what you've been up to. Or even if you did do all the bad stuff, this is what you can say you did...

1)  Anne Frank House- simply a must.

2) Van Gogh Museum- eye ...

Bypass Istanbul for the deep blue waters of Oludeniz, Turkey

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Choosing to bypass Istanbul and instead spend the majority of our Turkish holiday on the coast where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean was one of the smartest decisions I've ever made.  You can really run through all the important sites in Istanbul in a day if you're properly motivated. Take some pictures of the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and maybe of a whirling dervish or two, but then get out of the city.

The area around Fethiye and ...

London

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The best part of being stuck in London for a week during the volcanic ash cloud situation last year was being able to eat at all my favorite places in the Kensington area. All places are within walking distance of our nearest tube stop, Gloucester Road on the Circle, District, and Piccadilly Lines (yellow, green, and blue lines.)

For Italian we hit Di Mario's which probably has the best cheese bread I've ever had.  The Rigatoni alla Arrabiata is out of this ...

Twenty-four Hours to Go! New York City

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If you have twenty-four hours to spend in New York City, here's what you do. You get me as your tour guide, or at least as the voice in the back of your head keeping you on track. I hope you slept before you landed because you're not going to sleep now!

We're going to assume it's summer the weather is perfect!  We're also going to pretend that there is no travel time and you can instantly materialize at your next location. You'd be discouraged if you knew what crosstown ...