Niven: Date Night in Rijswijk

Jeff surprised me with an amazing local date night. After a summer of travel and getting settled Jeff and I have been way overdue for a proper date night. We did a trial run a few weeks ago for a quick desert with some wine and felt confident enough with our babysitter to give it […]

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Groningen in the North

The Bourtange Star Fort was built to protect the only road linking Germany and Groningen. Since we spent the night in the fort we decided to head into Groningen and check out the 13th century trade city. As Jeff said, we wanted to see what was worth all the protection. Parking was incredibly easy to […]

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Rotterdam Half Day with Toddlers

A stormy Sunday seemed like the perfect time for some local exploration. The wind was strong so we ditched the bikes and walked to the bus station instead. The bus takes about the same amount of time as biking to the Delft train station but is decidedly cozier on these wintry days. The train is always […]

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Learning from the World’s Most Relaxed Moms

Last week the Washington Post parenting section published an article “Are they the world’s most relaxed moms? What we can learn from the Dutch.” My Facebook feed and e-mail exploded with people asking if the article’s premise was true. Yes. Dutch moms are incredibly relaxed. Just like the author of this article, I’m living in the Netherlands with […]

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La Trappe Brewery in Tilburg

Tilburg is home to the La Trappe Monastery and Brewery.  We made what I hope is our first of many stops here. The brewery’s location makes it the perfect stop for lunch. We were not disappointed by the lunch offerings or the beer. I had a salad that was to die for. I saw tons […]

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Me & Mine Linkup – December 2015

2015 has been an amazing year of travel for us. We’ve seen Albuquerque, Orlando, Disney World, Atlanta, D.C., Amelia Island, Erie, New York City, London, Antwerp. Plus we’ve done driving tours in Germany & the Netherlands. We are not sending out Christmas cards this year. The whole ‘living internationally thing’ put a damper on it. Ordering […]

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Fort Bourtange in the Offseason

Fort Bourtange was another “saw it on Pinterest” bucket list find for the Netherlands. This star fort on the German border was built to control the only road from the city of Groningen into Germany, but it’s now one of the most charming places we have visited. I’ve read a few blogs about the fort overflowing […]

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Eulenbis, Germany

How does one randomly end up in Eulenbis, Germany? Well, you have an amazing friend, lets call her A, from Colorado who is willing to let you and your crazy family come stay at her house. (Let this be a warning that if you invite us, we are likely to accept the invitation.) Eulenbis is about […]

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Trier: Germany’s Oldest City

Our German Christmas fun just kept going! We made a stop into Trier, Germany for a morning of fun before driving back to the Netherlands. Trier is Germany’s oldest city. Roman ruins dot the city and we wanted to check them out. We parked a block from Porta Nigra. This city gate dates to A.D. […]

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