The New Amsterdam

Our favorite doctor took a trip from France to the Netherlands and tells us about the much improved, tourist-less Amsterdam in his second Takimag article from last week.

With luck, the mass impoverishment that is quite likely to strike Great Britain in the near future will prevent the British from going abroad in any numbers, thus slightly raising the cultural level of the rest of the world.

To walk along the canals of Amsterdam at night in the absence of hordes of barbarian tourists (not that the young Dutch are particularly attractive in their pursuit of enjoyment either) is a great pleasure. A few Dutch people told me that they hadn’t seen their city so beautiful for years. They hoped that the tourists would never come back—they hadn’t realized how much tourism had ruined the city.

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