This new three-part series pairs Alastair Sooke and Janina Ramirez as they take in the architecture and art of Amsterdam, Barcelona and St Petersburg.

Art critic Alastair and art historian Janina have different tastes, which is refreshing as it challenges the idea of an expert’s opinion as gospel.

Tonight, they are on a whistle-stop tour of Amsterdam, taking in the waterways, the Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt’s house – and Janina even gets instruction from an ex-prostitute on how to pose in a red-light-district window (‘You should not wave like Santa Claus!’ she points out).

You may not want to do that, but there are heaps of other interesting ideas if you’re planning a short break to the city.