Netherlands on the fly – few words, fine photos

The last few days of our Tulip Bike and Boat Tour were a satisfying smattering of so many sights and experiences it's hard to narrow it all down into a short blog post. But it's time to say goodbye to the Netherlands and move on to our next destination - Germany. Before we go, here's …

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Island of Stories

Texel Island, Netherlands Texel (pron. Tesel) Island was practicing responsible farming long before the word “sustainable” was even a word.  The word has become so cliché that it hardly means anything anymore.  Any business that uses cloth napkins instead of paper or changes out incandescent bulbs to LED lays claim to the word and displays …

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Dutch Hills

The Netherlands Definition: Dutch hill (noun) 1. A strong headwind Docked at Alkmaar for a good night's sleep We finished our first full day of biking on a real high, ready to tackle anything ahead that our tour guide would throw at us. After all, this is the Netherlands, how hard can biking flat at …

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Boats, Bikes and Blossoms

The Netherlands Mare fan Fryslan sailing boat - 203' long, 23' wide, five sails, main mast 97' high, four crew members, one tour guide, 25 bikes, 23 guests, a hot tub and a galley full of Dutch beer. Our floating home for a week in northern Holland. Mare fan Fryslan Spirits and expectations were high …

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The Hiding Place

Haarlem Netherlands Expanding our territory and avoiding the crowds in the city, we ventured out via train to Haarlem – a small town dripping with charm and historical significance.  Destination – the Corrie ten Boom house.  Although not nearly as popular (or crowded) as Anne Frank’s home but still as poignant and important in its …

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Treasures of Amsterdam

Golden Gouda Once in a while the travel gods smile down on me and I get an unexpected bonus. This long-anticipated trip was a lesson in packing light, preparing our home for a long absence, obsessing about details in reservations, abating concerns about family left behind and trusting all would be well no matter what …

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Afghanistan and beyond

Don't judge me; all this luggage is for two of us for two months travel (with room to spare for bringing home culinary necessities from Crete 😉 Last year as we emerged from pandemic paranoia, we decided it was time to scratch our ever-spreading itch to travel. But with the state of chaos and devastation …

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It’s better to receive than to give

TRAVELS OF THE SOUL ‘Tis the season for giving.  Let’s face it – there’s something very satisfying in being able to give to those who are less fortunate than us.  And it’s good to give to the underprivileged, the poor, the needy.  But do we ever see ourselves as the ones who are empty-handed, hungry, …

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The Good News 2020

GREETINGS FROM COLORADO Of all the journeys I’ve been on in my life, this year was an adventure of epic proportions.  We found out what the new normal looks like when the pandemic hit and brought the entire globe to its knees.  Then an unprecedented and long overdue awareness of Black Lives Matter swept through …

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Get into the e-bike game – No shame

Years ago, my husband and I were cruising on our rental bikes along the Neckar River in Germany enjoying a relatively easy ride from town to town over the course of a week.  Most of the other riders on our scenic route were on traditional bikes as well, but once in a while an E-bike …

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