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Tropical Islands Waterpark 

It’s amazing that we left our house at 6am and found ourselves enjoying Tropical Islands Waterpark, outside of Berlin by 10am! Transavia flies the quick one hour flight out of Rotterdam to Berlin (Schonefeld Airport). Rotterdam requires nearly no additional time so we arrived at the airport and boarded the plane shortly after we cleared security. […]

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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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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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Zuiderpark, Den Haag

This morning we headed to Zuiderpark in Den Haag to check out International Steam Days. This model railroad showcase is something to be seen due to its amazing location in Zuiderpark. The park hosts an incredible model train club that has railroad tracks in all sizes. The largest set of tracks holds trains capable of […]

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A Dutch Palace: Paleis Het Loo

I’m embarrassed to say that Paleis Het Loo made it onto my radar when we visited Madurodam.  I snapped a photo of the palace and gardens, in miniature, and added them to my must visit list. When the perfect spring day presented itself we enlisted some friends to join us and made the two-hour drive […]

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Keukenhof Gardens: Seeing Holland’s Flowers

Its spring in the Netherlands which means Tulips and flowers galore! The most “traditional” way to see the flowers is a visit to Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. If your here to see flower photos from our mid April 2016 visit you can check them out here. Keukenhof gardens are only open for two months each […]

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Playground or Adventure Course?

We love the playgrounds in Europe. I daily have to shove all the feelings of danger that (a) being American and (b) having taken a few tort classes has instilled in me. The Dutch way is to let kids experience some danger and if they get hurt then they learn from it. You won’t find […]

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Wuppertal Railway & Zoo

Topping off H’s 2016 Travel Wish List was the “upside down railroad” from his Big Book of Trains. Turns out the Wuppertal Suspension Railway is driving distance from our house and was on the way to some work related travel Jeff had scheduled. Our first stop in Wuppertal though was the Wuppertal Zoo. Parking is […]

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