A Day at Efteling with Toddlers

When H turned 4 we decided that heading to Efteling would be a fun way to celebrate his birthday. We arrived for the 10am opening and stayed till about 3pm. The Efteling is a theme park based on old fairy tales. It is the Netherlands version of Disney, but with less commercialism and more charm. […]

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Venice with Kids

A late March weekend before an early Easter turned out to be the perfect time to visit Venice. It wasn’t too hot, it wasn’t too crowded – and it wasn’t flooded! Transavia (KLM’s discount airline) has some screaming deals out of Amsterdam. We found cheap tickets to Venice and knew it was an opportunity we couldn’t […]

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An American Camping Birthday Party Abroad

The boys’ birthdays are both in the spring, so I decided I would just have one big party for both of them. They are both very into camping and adventure so we decided to have an American camping party. Traditional Dutch birthday parties are a bit different than what we are used to. They involve […]

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Day Out With Thomas in Utrecht

I’m convinced that everything The Railway Museum in Utrecht does is done well.  Admission for Day Out with Thomas is included in the Museumkaart. We did have to purchase a ticket (€4) for our one-year-old who is too young to need a Museumkaart,  but required admission to Day Out with Thomas. We decided to attend Day […]

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Trip Planning Map

I’m always looking for new ways to make the blog more helpful to trip planning. This google map is a different way to represent where we have been. I hope this helps you find some of the more off the beaten track places, particularly if you are visiting the Netherlands. If your more of a list […]

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Bike Panniers – What I’m Using

When we made the move to the Netherlands we left behind my car, opting to just bring Jeff’s smaller vehicle with us. My car was swiftly replaced by my mamafiets (a mama bike) upon arrival in August. In late November I added a Bakfiets for some extra cargo space. It also provided a better option for transporting […]

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A Day in Hamburg

Our arrival into Hamburg was rough. What was supposed to be a 5-hour drive turned into an 8-hour adventure when traffic came to a complete stop on the highway. The plan was to leave Utrecht (Netherlands) with tired kids and have them nap on the way to Hamburg where we would arrive for a late […]

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A Day in Malmo, Sweden

While spending our May break in Copenhagen we decided to take a Mother’s Day day trip to Malmo, Sweden. I mean, why not? We headed out over the Oresund Bridge by car. The journey over this 10 mile bridge/tunnel combo will run you ~ €50 each way.  (You can also take the train, which is much […]

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Kasteel Hoensbroek in South Limburg

Kasteel Hoensbroek is known locally as the “the most lordly stronghold between the Rhine and Meuse.” It also has a reputation for being kid-friendly and is a part of the Museumkaart Program, so we had to go check it out. The castle sat on an important trading route near Maastricht, Aachen and Cologne existing in some form […]

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