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Boulevard loves Amsterdam: whimsical, cockeyed houses lining romantic canals; the recently reopened Rijksmuseum of Dutch Masters after an extensive renovation, and friendly, liberal-minded residents. And that’s not to mention all those coffee shops selling fine marijuana. Indeed, there’s even more to savor in a recent New York Times story about the city: Amsterdam, Revisited. (And don’t miss its fresh update on “36 Hours in” Holland’s capital. Now, consider the following five-star itinerary.
When: Oct. 12-19. Airline: Delta. Route: Louisville to Detroit to Amsterdam, 10 hours and 17 minutes travel time, including a one-hour layover in Detroit. How much: $7,479, economy to Minneapolis and business class to Amsterdam. Delta reservations.
TripAdvisor recommends the five-star Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. The Brentano Suite is available during these travel dates for $4,721 per night; that’s the lovely sitting area, below. Reservations. And of course, don’t forget Airbnb Amsterdam apartments.
The bottom line
For two travelers: airfare, hotel, plus $400 a day for meals, museum tickets and other incidentals: $51,000.
A news summary focused on 10 big employers; updated 4:42 p.m.
Nearly all the local companies tracked by Boulevard bounced back from steep losses last week, when markets swooned amid growing concerns about the direction of interest rates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost nearly 400 points Friday, closed up 240 points this afternoon, or 1.3%, to 18,325. The broader S&P 500 index ended the day at 2,159, up 1.5%.
Here’s a list of the 10 companies in Boulevard’s Stock Portfolio, with today’s closing prices:
- Amazon: $771.49, up 1.5%.
- Brown-Forman class B: $46.44, up 1.9%.
- Ford: $12.70, up 2.6%.
- GE: $30.49, up 1.3%. (Owner Qingdao Haier: $10.22, down 0.5%.)
- Humana: $176.78, up 0.2%.
- Kindred: $10.69, up 1.5%.
- Papa John’s: $76.17, up 2.9%
- Texas Roadhouse: $43.41, up 2.3%
- UPS: $108.55, up 0.8%.
- Yum: $88.66, up 1.9%.
In other news, Papa John’s apologized after a Cleveland franchise used an “extremely insensitive” promotion yesterday tied to the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The promotion was called “9/11 Remembrance” and underneath a picture of pizzas it read: “Never Forget, In Memory of Those We Have Lost, United We Shall Always Stand! Enjoy ANY LARGE PIZZA for $9.11.” The corresponding promo code was listed as “911RMBR” (Cleveland 19).