Anglia Ruskin University: Follow your nose with smelly tour of Amsterdam

Anglia Ruskin University: Follow your nose with smelly tour of Amsterdam. “The free City Sniffers map brings together key city centre locations with aromas that tell the city’s story, and the walking tour is accompanied by an app, also developed by Odeuropa researchers, explaining the history behind these smells and their connection with present day Amsterdam. By rubbing the map at key points on the tour, participants can experience the stench of medieval canals, learn about the important role of rosemary, which was used at weddings and funerals, and was thought to protect from the plague, and enjoy the fragrance of linden trees, avenues of which were planted around the city centre.”

Wired: They mined an Amsterdam river bed for long-lost objects

Wired: They mined an Amsterdam river bed for long-lost objects. “Rivers in cities are unlikely archaeological sites. It is not often that a riverbed, let alone one in the middle of a city, is pumped dry and can be systematically examined. The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all: a vast array of objects, some broken, some whole, all jumbled together.”

CityLab: An Amazing Digital Archive of Amsterdam’s Past

This one is new to me and it sounds fantastic. From CityLab: An Amazing Digital Archive of Amsterdam’s Past. “Amsterdam’s digital map archive was already one of the best municipal resources on the internet, and it just got even better. You may recall when CityLab first obsessed over the archive’s troves of information. We’re returning now to dive into the new maps, videos and archives that provide vivid, fascinating details on how the city has developed, some reaching back to the 1600s.”

Dan Brown Donates 300,000 Euros to Ritman Library in Amsterdam for Digitizing Project

I tried to read The Da Vinci Code. I honestly did. After one chapter and two instances of the book going flying across the room, I gave up. So I’m happy to see that some good came of that book, notably author Dan Brown’s donation of 300,000 euros to the Ritman Library in Amsterdam. “The funding will be used to digitize part of the library’s rare collection of books and manuscripts about the Hermetic religious tradition that Brown referenced when writing ‘The Lost Symbol’ and ‘Inferno’, [the library] said in a statement.” And if you liked it, good for you! I read all kinds of books but couldn’t stand that one.