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Exploring Brussels with Kids

Brussels is an easy drive from our house, so it’s a wonder it has taken us so long for a proper visit. We opted to drive down, which is actually a less expensive option than taking the train. Since we were in the car we stopped at Cook & Book for lunch before checking into the […]

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Cook & Book, Brussels

I have a thing for cool bookstores. When I found Cook & Book during a Belgium Pinterest hunt, I knew I had to add it to our itinerary for our next Brussels visit. Just outside of Brussels this adorable bookstore takes up most of a shopping plaza. There is ample street parking (metered). It was […]

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Santa Claus Reindeer Safari

Hands-down our favorite experience while in Lapland was our Reindeer Safari with Santa Claus Reindeer. Laura and Ari, the two who run the company, are completely locked on. We napped the kids and fed them a late dinner in town. Then we were picked up at the hotel by Laura from Santa Claus Reindeer and […]

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Husky Safari with Lapland Welcome

The first excursion we had planned for our Lapland trip was an afternoon husky safari with Lapland Welcome. The Lapland Welcome office is easily reachable in downtown Rovaniemi. We had just arrived that morning though and opted for their free pickup. Our hotel had a front and back door and we were not really sure […]

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Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi Finland

We spent one of our days in Finland exploring Santa Claus Village.  There is easily a full day of adventures here particularly if you book all your outside activities out of this location. Santa Claus Village is easily accessible from Rovaniemi by bus (#8). The bus is slow and makes lots of stops, but it was […]

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A Day in Rovaniemi, Finland

One of the main reasons we wanted to book our own trip to Rovaniemi, as opposed to using a pre-packaged deal, was to have the freedom to explore the town of Rovaniemi. The pre-packaged tours tend to have everyone from their tour in one hotel or resort area and then move everyone to activities as […]

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Paint Your Own Delft Blue Pottery

Hands down one of the best, and most underutilized experiences in Delft is to paint your own piece of Delft Blue Pottery at De Delftse Pauw. There are two shops in Delft where you can go see how Delft Blue is made. De Delftse Pauw is the smaller family-owned operation. (Read about our visit here.) […]

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KGB Museum – Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn’s impressive collection of museums and fortifications might make your head spin. There’s not nearly enough time on a weekend trip to Tallinn to see it all. You’ve got to prioritize the types of activities that interest you. The KGB Museum should be near the top of your list in Tallinn. It’s unassuming. It’s just a […]

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Antwerp Blitz In a Day – No Kids

Antwerp with kids is fun (check out what we did here), but the city’s got a lot of interesting sights that would bore young children. When the opportunity to take grandma to Antwerp for the day came around, we thought no kids might be a good choice. In a previous Dutch Dutch Goose post, we […]

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