Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
“I would tell travelers who are flying to or connecting through major airports like London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Paris that you might as well flip a coin as to whether your bag is going to make it to where you’re going,” said KylePotter, editor of Minneapolis-based Thrifty Traveler.
A week-long educational river cruise March 12-19, 2023.Students will fly to Amsterdam, where they will board the AmaWaterways’ AmaLucia ship.The ship will sail from Amsterdam through the Netherlands and Belgium, before returning to Amsterdam.The prize also includes round trip flights to Amsterdam, travel insurance and money for passports.
This will certainly help boost business-related travel to the EU as the UAE gears up for a new season post-summer. “Schengen visa appointments are available as of now, but that still depends on the embassy or country UAE-based travellers are applying with,” said Raheesh Babu, Chief Operating Officer at the online travel portal Musafir.com.
In an effort to meet the increasing demand for air travel while facing a personnel deficit, London'sHeathrow Airport announced on August 15 that it will extend its daily passenger cap until the end of October ... After two years of COVID-19 travel limitations, the demand for summer travel has exploded, overwhelming European airlines and airports.
Joey Boyd-Scott, left, and her wife, Maria, who both have part-time travel jobs, in Upland, Calif ... They flew business class to Amsterdam, staying at a Hilton for two nights, and then headed to France for two nights at the Waldorf AstoriaVersailles... The Hilton in Amsterdam was $55 a night, and the five-star hotel in France was $75 a night.
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, has agreed to reimburse travelers who missed flights because of staff shortages that have thrown the airport into chaos for months ... In May, the situation caused Dutch flagship carrier KLM to suspend ticket sales from Amsterdam.
Anthony Deutsch/Reuters Microsoft staff are helping out at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport amid ongoing travel disruption ...Schiphol in Amsterdam, like many other airports worldwide, is struggling to deal with the return of demand for air travel after the pandemic on top of staffing shortages.
Amsterdam's Schiphol compensating air travelers hit by chaos. THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has launched a compensation program for travelers who missed their flights because of lengthy delays that have plagued the busy European hub for months.