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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My Big Fat Greek Book Tour

My book, Uniquely Crete, has arrived on the island with us in its wake.  We literally hit the ground running beginning my book tour in jolly ol' England (more on that later), and finishing off in Crete.  Each day has been filled with the joys and trials so typical of this Greek island.  All in …

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Why is summer so captivating on Crete?

  I can't tell you how excited I am to start my book tour next week.  I wish I could say it is all about getting exposure for my book baby that was "born" on April 30th (official book release date), and certainly that's part of it.  We will start with a stop in Norwich, …

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HYGGE YOURSELF

Imagine yourself taking a much-needed break away from the busyness and stress that everyday life dishes out. Not a break in the sense of a destination or vacation. Just a few moments or hours where you can relish in the moment of well-being and calmness. It doesn’t have to be at an expensive spa or …

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Amsterdam’s Street Scene

As winter settles in here in the Colorado Rockies, I'm perusing through my photos and writings of travels past.  I've been rewarded with great memories and surprising moments that I'd nearly forgotten - most recently about Amsterdam.  Walk with me... Yes, Amsterdam has a lively party scene.  Coming across a photo op like this is …

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Surprising Hamburg

Spending time in Europe as a tourist is not cheap. When we lived in Crete, we took advantage of our location to travel all over Europe, and between budget airlines like Ryan Air and Airbnb in small towns we were able to keep expenses low. But today, even with the great airfare we scored from …

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