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Viking Rhine River shore excursions

Top Shore Excursions on Viking’s Rhine River Cruise

In May this year we sailed the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland, north to Amsterdam with Viking River Cruises. Amazingly, this is our fifth river cruise, fourth with Viking, and we’re surprised, even ourselves, at how much we enjoy these experiences. What we appreciate in a river cruise is the combination of onboard relaxation and […]

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Sherry and Vanessa toast to the next challenge: destination unknown.

Seasoned Traveler Finds European Adventure with Competitours

Last year we wrote about a company that calls its competitive European mystery tours “SightDoing” rather than sightseeing. This year, a competitor from the 2015 experience talked to us about how this all played out from the traveler’s perspective. Competitours began their wacky form of small group tourism eight years ago. The gist of the […]

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Discovering European Capitals of Culture

Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s thirty years of work, recognizing more than fifty cities, and resulting in thousands of events and special exhibitions. How did I miss this? For most of that time, I must have had my head […]

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Our 2014 Travels in 50 Photos

2014 was our biggest year of traveling yet. We visited 19 countries, including a long driving trip in the western United States. We saw, in order, the United States, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, back to the United States, Greece, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Slovenia. I made […]

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Guests of Amsterdam

This was not our first visit to Amsterdam, but it was our longest stay, a full week. We finally got a feel for the city, and have some notion of how much more there is to do and see. Our week included the usual visitors’ spots: the Rijksmuseum, coffeeshops (sic), the red-light district, wandering along […]

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Oh so gently pickled herring

From Frites to Fresh Herring

The culinary shift from Belgium to The Netherlands isn’t blatant. More like the transition from the English Channel to the North Sea, you’re not quite sure where it is, but you’ll know when you get there. Belgian waffles have morphed into pannekoeken.  The hearty Belgian beers are diluted into more run-of-the-mill “international” flavors. Mussels and […]

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Pieterskirk, Leiden, Netherlands

The Pieterskirk (St. Peter’s Church) in Leiden has an intimate connection to the history of the United States. The Pilgrims, who eventually ended up in Massachusetts, first left England for Leiden, where they stayed for several years before deciding to leave for America. One of their leaders, John Robinson, is buried in the church. The […]

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