Amsterdam's Old Town
Into the City Center
As of April 2020, Amsterdam has prohibited walking tours from passing prostitution windows in the city center. While this may be a topic for discussion on your Introduction to Amsterdam tour, you will not spend time in the Red Light District itself.
Alette has an MA in Art History (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) and holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology (University of Twente, Enschede). For both her thesis and her dissertation, she researched the intricate relationship between nature, art and science in the 20th century (thesis) and the 17th century (dissertation). Sculpture parks, ornamental gardens, and botanical gardens form the sites of study. As an independent scholar, she presents papers and writes articles on this subject. Alette also teaches art history and lectures on topics such as 17th-century Dutch art and architecture, 18th century Empire design, garden architecture, and landscape engineering. She has curated several exhibitions and stood at the basis of the exhibition Black is Beautiful on the image of black people in Dutch art history. She lives in the city where she was born: Amsterdam.
Bas has worked in the hospitality industry in his hometown of Amsterdam for over 15 years in a variety of capacities. He feels that he has grown up in a global village - this liberal city which has a ridiculously rich history and has inspired millions all over the world. Amsterdam for Bas is not just beautiful canals, breathtaking architecture, red lights & coffeeshops. Amsterdam is a feeling, an attitude, a way of thinking. As a local and cultural expert, Bas knows his town very well and finds it always a true pleasure to show people what his Amsterdam is all about by trying to pass on some of that 'local feeling' to those who dare to explore a little further. He looks forward to welcoming visitors to Amsterdam.
Giorgio is an architect specialising in sustainable and performance-based design. While busy with his thesis work in archeological restoration, he took part in several surveys of the Roman and Greek ruins of Kos. He moved to Amsterdam in 2012 and has continued to work within local architectural firms since. He has a genuine passion for cities and enjoys telling stories and sharing his interest with others.
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