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Photo Essay- The Hopmuseum

Photo Essay- The Hopmuseum

Belgium’s Hopmuseum, located in the town of Poperinge, is a real treat for any beer lover who ventures to the region on a pilgrimage. It thoroughly covers the history of hop  farming in Belgium, as well as the methods used in the process. When I was there in April of 2013, they had an excellent […]

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 10- Bucket List Belgium

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 10- Bucket List Belgium

I sprang to life early on the morning of my 10th day, despite having drank Belgian beers long into the night. This was a day I had planned much of the trip around. It was time to cross an item off my bucket list. I’d planned to bike the 6km to The Abbey of Saint Sixtus […]

Photo Essay- The Frites Museum, Bruges

Photo Essay- The Frites Museum, Bruges

I went into my visit to the Frites Museum in Bruges expecting a small, cute, kitschy museum, but found it to be excellent- both fun and informative. Europe 2013 Posts- Europe by the Numbers Eurail Pass- A Great Deal Iceland- Day 1- Golden Circle & a Reykjavik Walk The Golden Circle, Iceland Photo Essay- Þingvellir […]

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 9- Bruges and Beyond

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 9- Bruges and Beyond

Bruges, Belgium has one of the best reputations in all of Europe. Despite having visited Belgium a number of times in the past, I’d never visited Bruges. A visit there was one of this trip’s priorities, and after a great day and a half in Brussles, I caught an early morning train to Bruges. My first […]

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 8- Around Brussels

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 8- Around Brussels

Bonding with Brussels through its iconic structures, waffles, and, of course, its beer.

Upper Peninsula 2014 by the Numbers

Upper Peninsula 2014 by the Numbers

This is the next in a series of the “By the Numbers” posts. The others are New Zealand 2012 by the Numbers, Europe 2013 by the Numbers, and East 2014 by the Numbers. Driving Stats: Total Miles Driven: 1976 mi. Daily Average: 179 mi. Most in a day: 417 miles (Iron Mountain to Mount Pleasant via […]

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 7- A Perfect Evening in Brussels

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 7- A Perfect Evening in Brussels

After spending half the day sightseeing in the Netherlands’ National Gardens, The Keukenhof, it was time to head south to Belgium. I I’d been to Brussels four other times. I’d liked Brussels, but after discovering Belgian beers a few years early, a revisit to Brussels had become a must. In my pre-trip planning, I had been shocked at […]

Photo Essay- Flowers of the Keukenhof

Photo Essay- Flowers of the Keukenhof

As I stated in my Day Seven post- We weren’t able to see very many tulips outside on our visit to the Keukenhof. The long winter in Northern Europe meant they were not yet in bloom. Fortunately, we were able to see many of the different varieties in the Willem-Alexander Pavilion, conveniently located in the […]

Europe 2013- The Netherlands- Day 7- Searching for Tulips at the Keukenhof

Europe 2013- The Netherlands- Day 7- Searching for Tulips at the Keukenhof

I had saved a very special excursion for my last day in The Netherlands. After dropping my bags at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport, Toni and I boarded a bus for the half hour ride to the Keukenhof, The Netherlands national gardens and billed as the ‘world’s largest flower garden’. I had read a blog post a […]

One More Amsterdam Photo Essay

One More Amsterdam Photo Essay

I’ve certainly had a lot of photos to share from the short period of time I was in Amsterdam in May of 2013. It’s one of my all-time favorite cities, and even after I got done separating photos for the other photo essays, I was left with these I felt like sharing.

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