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WOW Air Launching $99 Paris and Amsterdam Flights

July 20, 2015 at 2:55 PM | by | ()

Save your hard-earned money for baguettes and weed. (Bigger vice: Carbs or THC? Discuss.) WOW air's new flights are excellent news for budget-conscious travelers; starting in October, the low-cost airline will begin offering $99 one-way flights from Boston and Baltimore to Paris and Amsterdam. If you've ever wanted to visit the City of Light — or a red light district.

Here's the deal: WOW will fly from BWI to Amsterdam twice a week and to Paris five times a week; from BOS, WOW will fly to Amsterdam three times a week and to Paris six days a week. To reach both cities you'll stop in Reykjavik to jump on a connecting flight. And yes, you can already book them now. And if you haven't already, check out one of our recent reviews of WOW's famous $99 transatlantic flights; overall, it's a pretty good experience (save for a serious carry-on related inconvenience). Important to note, though, that these flights to Paris and Amsterdam are one-way deals; you'll need to spend more for your trip back. (Or, you know, just plan to while away the the rest of your life amid tulips and windmills.) And as Boston magazine notes, only one flight out of each city per week will go for the $99 rate; the others will still reflect WOW as a low-cost carrier, of course, but they may not be quite so bargain basement.

Still, pretty solid deal. Give your booking finger a warm-up stretch and get to clicking.

[Image: WOW air]

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This Groove-y Green Park Reduces Airplane Noise Outside AMS

June 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

We’ve seen our share of airport art installations, and it’s fair to say that some are great and some are — well, less than great. Here's one that falls in the extremely rare greater-than-great category. Although what makes this art unique — besides that it actually covers acres and acres of property outside of the airport — is that it also serves a surprising function.

Amsterdam artist — and, we can only, assume awesome gardener — Paul de Kort has designed a pretty good looking 81-acre park next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. But you won't find picnic tables or park benches here. The folks at Gizmodo have the full scoop (and plenty of pictures), but basically de Kort created green space that greatly reduced the noise of all those planes coming and going. Ridges in the ground, set a certain distance apart, mimic the wavelength of airport noise — and as a result, they've cut the noise pollution basically in half.

So the next time you’re coming or going through AMS and look out the window you’ll know the importance of all those ridges on the ground. Not only do they look cool, but they're a fix for (noise) pollution. Talk about going green.

[Photo: Paul de Kort via Gizmodo]

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3 Hours Flat from Amsterdam to Paris on the Thalys Train

December 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | ()

The Eurostar and the French TGV may take up most of the spotlight of Europe’s high-speed rail network, but there are other options for zooming through the continent’s patchwork of countries, depending on where you go. There is the sleek, white, and German ICE and, if you’re looking to travel between Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris, the shiny, red Thalys.

Thalys reduces Amsterdam to Paris, a 316-mile, 5-hour drive, to almost three hours flat (ok, 3 hours and 14 minutes) of high-speed comfort. It runs between Amsterdam Central Station and Paris Gare du Nord, giving you the advantage of city center to city center travel too. Stops along the way include Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Brussels.

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Food Worth Flying For: The Best Apple Cake in All of Amsterdam

November 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | ()

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

Don't hate, but we kinda used to have a thing for the cold apple cake with vanilla sauce found in every IKEA cafeteria, no matter the country. It's not a very original preference, especially considering we live in the land of all-American apple pie. Then we went to Amsterdam and everything changed.

Dutch Klassieke Appeltaart is something different; it's a deep-dish slice piled high with more cooked crisp apple slices and less sugary apple glop, encased in a generous crust of brown crumbliness yumminess.

Amsterdam is famous for its Appeltaart (reimagined in US cuisine as Dutch Apple Pie), and the small restaurant Winkel 43 renowned for its own recipe.

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KLM's Newest Employee is the Cutest Airport Helper Ever

September 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM | by | ()

Do you like doggies?

What about traveling to Europe?

And you appreciate having lost items returned to you, right?

If you've answered a hearty "yes" to the questions above, then the video below was meant for you. It highlights the newest customer service innovation at KLM: an adorable dog named Sherlock with the ability to sniff out items forgotten on planes to reunite them with their rightful owners within the confines of Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport.

That's pretty much all there is to it, since the magic is really in the beautiful film. Enjoy, but do so knowing that was a one-time thing, and Sherlock isn't going to be a permanent member of KLM's team. For your real lost & found queries, there's always KLM's 130 social media agents ready to help.

[Video: KLM]

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'Humans of New York' Takes on the Airport

September 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

Humans of New York, the photography project with nearly 10 million Facebook fans, 1.6 million Instagram followers, and a bestselling book, went international this season. The man behind HONY, Brandon Stanton, headed out with UNICEF on a 50-day trip through 10 countries, designed to apply his style to a broader (and certainly more war-torn) base.

HONY also has another current international connection, as KLM has been inspired enough to adapt the Humans of New York style in the creation of their "Citizens of the Airport" (COTA) series. Through portraits and small interviews, the airline gets up close with individual travelers at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport to learn a little of their life around each particular journey.

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Three Real Locations You Can Visit from 'The Fault In Our Stars'

June 9, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

Fans of The Fault In Our Stars are so enthusiastic that some are going as far as booking their next trips to Amsterdam for the purpose of immersing themselves in the world of John Green's best selling novel.

In the book (and now the movie), Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) travel to Amsterdam to track down Hazel's favorite author, Peter Van Houten. The trip is a dream come true for the cancer stricken teen and includes many of the story's most memorable moments.

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Billions of Bucks Will Allow a Eurostar Expansion and Upgrade

April 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

Zipping between countries over in Europe has never been easier, and thanks to planes, trains, and automobiles it’s also usually pretty darn affordable. Now the trip between France and the United Kingdom is getting even better, as those Eurostar trains that do their thing underneath the English Channel are getting a little bit of an upgrade and improvement.

It sounds like Eurostar is getting ready to throw down around $1.7 billion, as the train service begins to celebrate its second decade of doing its thing. New trains means more capacity for the first time in five years, and operators hope by that 2015 the whole fleet will have a new look and nice refresh.

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A First Look at KLM's New World Business Class, Taking Off on 747s

November 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

The Dutch are good at many things—making cheese and growing tulips would be traditional examples, but a much more modern one is their ability to provide a good lay.

Wait a second. We’re not talking about Amsterdam’s infamous red light district; shift focus across the city to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and the KLM aircraft buzzing around it, where passengers are now enjoying a good lay…all the way back in lie-flat seats. It’s here you’ll find the current palette for Dutch talent, in the features and service of KLM’s brand new World Business Class.

Where once buying a Business Class ticket on KLM meant reclining just enough for a comfortable nap, it’s now all about the lie-flat bed and a proper snooze. In fact, some 70% of business class used to be awake for the full, hot breakfast before arrival; the new seats mean more sleeping in, however, and the uptake on breakfast is down to 20%. We’re living proof of this; we drooled in deep sleep and awoke to the farmland of Holland, with only enough time before landing to scarf down a cinnamon roll.

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The Little Things: Tiny Delft Blue Houses for KLM Business Class

October 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Business Class passengers on KLM are given collectible miniature Delft blue houses.

It used to be that taking an international flight meant receiving gifts of complimentary playing cards, stationery (for composing all those mid-flight telegrams), and other niceties to pass the time. These days, even passengers paying top dollar to fly in First Class are lucky to enjoy a minimal amenity kit and an extra flute of champagne. One exception is KLM, who continue a 60+ year tradition of handing out special ceramic mini Delft houses to their Business Class passengers.

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A Future Eurostar Train Promises London to Amsterdam in Four Hours Flat

October 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | ()

Those looking to take an international journey through the Channel Tunnel will soon get a new option, as connections between the United Kingdom and the European mainland expand.

It looks like train officials at the Eurostar Group have made friends with those over at Dutch Railways, and the plan is to connect London with Amsterdam beginning in 2016. That’s quite a bit of time to wait, but worth it if we don't have to wake up, gather up our stuff, and switch trains in Belgium or France to reach the Dutch capital.

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Video Interlude: A Reason for Any Season in Amsterdam

September 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM | by | ()

We’re here to remind you that just because the weather is starting to get a little cooler, it doesn’t at all mean that fun trips to Europe have to wait. That’s especially the case for Amsterdam, as a new tourism video has us yearning for a visit in any season.

Their latest ad lets travelers know that everything hip is from Holland, and it looks like the whole thing was shot with liberal application of instagram filters. From bicycles and townhouses to "quirky hipster stuff"—their words not ours—the city has it all.

Late September through November is a lovely time to form any excuse to hop over for a long weekend over in Europe. Perhaps this is that excuse.

[Photo / Video: visitholland]

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