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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 […]

Photo Essay- Amsterdam at Night

Photo Essay- Amsterdam at Night

Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities to stroll at night. The lighting is so magnificent. This photo essay doesn’t even begin to capture the city at night, but it’s my first attempt at doing so. Europe 2013 Posts- Europe by the Numbers Eurail Pass- A Great Deal Iceland- Day One- Golden Circle & a […]

Photo Essay- Amsterdam’s Red Light District

Photo Essay- Amsterdam’s Red Light District

So much can be written about Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District. Someday, maybe, I’ll write a post that approaches the subject as a whole, but this is just an inoffensive photo essay. (And a very PG-version at that- for much more gutsy versions, check out posts from two of my favorite blogs- Beers & Beans, and […]

Cruising the Canals in Amsterdam

Cruising the Canals in Amsterdam

I’ve heard lots of opinions on the experience of a canal cruise in Amsterdam. One line of thinking is that it is an entirely touristy experience, unless you find one of the ‘alternative’ options. I’ve heard other say their experience gave them a perspective on the city (and it’s ties to water) that walking around […]

Photo Essay- Amsterdam’s Begijnhof

Photo Essay- Amsterdam’s Begijnhof

The Begiijnhof is my favorite spot in Amsterdam. Amid the city’s frenetic activity, this place has a placid, almost holy feel. These courtyards are prevalent throughout the low countries and were used as a place for the religiously devout to care for the women, the indigent and the elderly for hundreds of years. Amsterdam’s Begijnhof […]

Photo Essay- Exterior Rijksmuseum Artwork

Photo Essay- Exterior Rijksmuseum Artwork

One of the first things I did on my first day walk of Amsterdam was to walk down Museumplein to the Rijksmuseum. The building, designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, is the National Art Museum of the Netherlands. It was built between 1876-1885 in a combination of both gothic and renaissance styles. It had only been […]

Driving in Iceland

Driving in Iceland

Driving in Iceland adds quite a bit to the experience of visiting this incredibly scenic country. It’s isn’t absolutely necessary for most tourists, as 80% do not leave the Reykjavik area- and tour companies offer very good and affordable options for seeing nearby sights on day trips from the capital. On my stopover in 1998, […]

Iceland’s Bjarnarhofn

Iceland’s Bjarnarhofn

Located a few miles outside of Stykkisholmur, Iceland, The Bjarnarhofn is a family owned farm. It provides a fascinating  look into the history of shark fishing, and also the interesting processes of preparing hakarl, Iceland’s curious fermented shark dish.  The museum contains an amazing collections of artifacts related to the industry, as well as other items […]

Photo Essay- The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Photo Essay- The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a couple hours drive north of Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik. It’s proximity to the capital makes it a great way to see all the best of what Iceland has to offer in a day trip from the capital. To be done properly, from Reykjavik, it would require a long day trip, but […]

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