The First Thanksgiving. . .Abroad

I’ve been dreading Thanksgiving since we moved Holidays always seem to mark the passing of time for me. We celebrated our last Fourth of July in the states, got lost in the details of the move and before I knew it Halloween came and went. (Here is a refresher on how we celebrated.) Thanksgiving has […]

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Cafe du Midi

Cafe du Midi is our absolute favorite find here in Delft. This unassuming little cafe lies on the outskirts of Delft. You have to pass through Delftse Hout (the woods) to reach it. We discovered Cafe du Midi at the fall farm festival. Jeff and H stopped by to grab a snack while I biked up […]

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Maeslantkering: Visiting the Storm Surge Barrier

The Dutch are experts in water management.   Over 55% of the Netherlands sits below sea level. Exacting measurements are made in Amsterdam where the normal sea level is called Normaal Amsterdams Peil. Most of the land that sits under sea level was created by the Dutch. They drained water through a system of polders, canals and windmill-driven […]

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Kids Day in Utrecht

We went back to Utrecht with a kid-friendly itinerary. Back in September for Open Monuments Weekend we spent most of our visit hauling the kids around to things we wanted to see. This time we planned an itinerary just for the kiddos. We took the train, changing from the Sprinter to the Intercity in Gouda […]

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A Quick Afternoon in Liege, Belgium

Sometimes even the best laid plans fail. That is how we ended up in Liege, Belgium. Making the best of poor planning that led us to completely forget that Monday was a U.S. holiday, we booked an extra night at a hotel and decided to spend our free Monday in Liege. We chose Liege because we […]

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The Celestial Vault, The Hague

This was one of the stranger things we have gone to see while here in the Netherlands. It is only 20 min away from us though so we figured we needed to go check it out.   Artist James Turrell designed the Celestial Vault to showcase the sky just off the North Sea. It is essentially […]

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Halloween in the Netherlands

We were pleasantly surprised to discover our neighborhood would be hosting an “American Style Halloween.” The Dutch, always ones to adopt the best of other cultures, have adopted Halloween and are starting to celebrate more and more. In Delft we live in one of the only neighborhoods that held a full-scale trick-or-treat on Halloween. The neighbors […]

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Madurodam: The Netherlands in Miniature

Today we saw every famous thing the Netherlands has to offer, in one afternoon, in 1/25th scale, 20 min away from our house. I know it sounds weird but it was a lovely outing! The kids loved it. We thought we would be at Madurodam an hour tops, but we could have stayed all day. Madurodam […]

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Back to Maastricht

We loved our last trip to Maastricht! There was so much we did not have time for on our last visit. So when Jeff had another work obligation in the province of South Limburg we made a weekend out of it. We spent most of Saturday in Valkenburg, arriving at the TownHouse Hotel in Maastricht just […]

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Morocco Trip Planning

Our move to Europe has opened the door to new destinations. There are so many new things to see that it is overwhelming. Morocco is on our travel wish list. We are closer then ever, so I’m in the research phase. I thought #igTravelThursday was a great time to feature the amazing photos of Morocco I have […]

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