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Bart van Poll is the co-founder of Spotted by Locals, a series of blogs & apps (iPhone & Android) with up-to-date tips by local writers in 57 cities in Europe and North America.



When Bart and his wife and co-founder Sanne are not on the road to meet their locals, they live in Amsterdam.

Entries by Bart van Poll

The Big Apple and the Locals' Favorites

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 4:59 PM

We're all very familiar with New York. We all know where it is, what it's like (at least in the movies), we know about the yellow cabs and what the city's highlights are. So what else is there to tell you, what can I share with you? Me personally, not...

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Riga - Through a Local's Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 2:27 PM

Riga according to our four locals, Anete, Diana, Marta & Martins:

"It is impossible to feel bored here." -Anete Bauere
"Riga is my life; my past, present and future. And I cannot stop myself from wanting to know every little thing about it." -Diana Lace
"The...
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Istanbul, Turkey...the Local way!

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, though not its capital, straddling the Bosphorus, boasts a lot of culture, modernity and history all in one. Spotted by Locals Istanbul is our little piece of Istanbul you can take with you anywhere. With 7 locals filling the pages with tips, and the...

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What to Do in Glasgow, Local-Style

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 2:19 PM

Right-o, Glasgow's up for the spotlight this week. What can we say about Glasgow? According to one of our locals Gill, Glasgow has one of the best music scenes in the UK and the people are a friendly bunch! New author, Gordon Ford, loves the compactness...

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'Do' Oslo Like the Locals Do

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Right, Oslo is on the agenda! You've packed your bags, checked the battery on your camera and phone, left your mum with instructions on how to feed the fish, packed blister band-aids and you're ready to explore the city. We then recommend you try out tips from real

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Where Brussels Locals Hang Out!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 12:26 AM

Right, you've arrived in Brussels. You've checked off the highlights recommended by guide books. Or maybe you've been before and you'd like to see a different side to Brussels. How about checking out the local side to Brussels?

Check out the tips from carefully selected locals at Spotted...

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Where Stockholm Locals Hang Out

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 7:07 PM

My last post was about Paris, the city of Love or the city of Lights. Today, it's all about the Venice of the North, Stockholm! Stockholm is another one of our 51 city blogs where locals share their favorite hangouts with the public.

Louise, soon...

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Where Paris Locals Hang Out!

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 12:30 PM

You've seen the sights and done the highlights (excuse the rhyming). But how about some lesser known sights that, according to Paris locals, are highlights too? Other things that Parisians maybe encounter daily on their commutes through the city? One such area is the Rue Chanoinesse area. According...

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Where San Francisco Locals Hang Out!

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:03 PM

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(Flickr image by Jeff Gun)

When you see this picture, you know what city I'm talking about! San Francisco, a city of beautiful sights and scenery, amazing food and iconic buildings and structures. Searching for San Francisco on the Internet will inform you of...

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Experience Belgrade Like A Local (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 6:00 AM

The next city that we're focusing on is Belgrade, Serbia's largest and capital city. Did you know that Belgrade translates to White City? Belgrade is no stranger to historic and iconic buildings and has plenty of highlights that guide books recommend you visit.

But visiting Belgrade with a local,...

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Where Tallinn, Estonia's Locals Hang Out During Winter

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 6:00 AM

From a series of 44 city blogs comes a small selection of locals' tips for the city of Tallinn. The city Tallinn is represented by three local gals -- Karina, Gea who Kristiina -- who share their favorite spots from around the city on the blog Spotted by...

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Where the Locals Hang Out in Vilnius, Lithuania

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 6:00 AM

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is full of beautiful but touristy highlights. Where do the locals hang out? Where do they drink their coffee or tea and eat their lunch or dinner? When they're going about their day, or plan a special day out during their free time, what do...

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Where the Locals Hang Out in Berlin

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Berlin is popular amongst travelers, and that's for a good reason. Culturally, Berlin has a lot to offer. Once you've seen all the highlights, you'll want to get off your feet and relax somewhere. Do you want to taste some of the local cuisine, maybe, like at a "local's only"...

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Where Zurich Locals Hang Out On Cold Autumn Days

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM

When discovering a new city, seeing its highlights and visiting spots the locals love, most people prefer sunny and dry weather. However, if this were the only time we traveled to see a city, you'd be stuck visiting a city together with thousands of other people. Forget being able to...

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Where The Locals Will Hang Out In Amsterdam This Summer (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The average Amsterdam local isn't graced with subtropic temperatures very often so, when desirable temperatures arrive, it seems like every last person takes a day off work. Fortunately, there are tons of options for summer afternoon loitering, browsing and eating.

Here are a few very happening spots where you'll find...

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Where The Locals Hang Out In Prague

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Prague is filled with historical buildings, tons of museums, arts centers and other cultural sights. This all makes the history-filled Czech capital popular with tourists, but once you've walked across Old Town Square and visited Prague castle, where you may be lining up behind many other visitor, you might start...

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