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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 […]

“That is So Amsterdam” Photo Essay

“That is So Amsterdam” Photo Essay

Amsterdam is such a unique city- and I shot most of these after shaking my head and saying “That is So Amsterdam”.

Biking in Amsterdam

Biking in Amsterdam

Renting a bike in Amsterdam is, in my opinion, one of the most essential experiences for visitors to the city. The most important hing to remember is that it isn’t nearly as intimidating as it looks. For those who aren’t ready to try and navigate the web of streets and canals, there are many guided […]

Photo Essay- The Albert Cuypmarkt, Amsterdam

Photo Essay- The Albert Cuypmarkt, Amsterdam

One of my favorite spots in Amsterdam is the massive, open-air Albert Cuypmarkt. It runs for multiple blocks in the De Pijp, one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, and contains almost every type of commodity imaginable. Europe 2013 Posts- Europe by the Numbers Eurail Pass- A Great Deal Iceland- Day One- Golden Circle & a […]

Photo Essay- The Flowers of Aalsmeer

Photo Essay- The Flowers of Aalsmeer

The gorgeous flowers of the massive Aalsmeer Flower Market in Amsterdam’s Southern suburbs.

Visiting the Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Visiting the Aalsmeer Flower Auction

The Netherlands’ are known worldwide for flower production. There is no better place to see the scale of the country’s flower business than at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. The auction is run by FloraHolland, the company responsible for the majority of flower exports from Holland. According to their website, the Aalmseer location is large enough […]

Europe 2013- Netherlands- Day Six- Hello Amsterdam, My Old Friend

Europe 2013- Netherlands- Day Six- Hello Amsterdam, My Old Friend

Being so familiar with Amsterdam, and having so many things there I loved to do, I knew, with only one full day on this trip, I’d have to be selective in what I was going to do with that day. I whittled down a large list to four of my favorite activities. So it was […]

Europe 2013- Netherlands- Day 5- Haven’t I Been Here Before?

Europe 2013- Netherlands- Day 5- Haven’t I Been Here Before?

On the fifth day of my 2013 Europe trip, I returned to Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities, but also one I honestly never thought I would see again.

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