Destinations

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The final stop on our magical mystery tour of The Netherlands is Amsterdam because, trust me on this, you can’t say you went to Holland and chose to skip Amsterdam. Seriously, people will get whiplash snapping their head around to look you in the eye… “Say what!?”

Panorama Mesdag

Panorama Mesdag

Really? An entire museum dedicated to one (1) painting? How could such a thing warrant an entire afternoon in The Hague, I scoffed. I have never been more wrong. Panorama Mesdag is a magical, monumental painting of miraculous charm and kaleidoscoping beauty. And without a doubt, my new favorite artwork in the world.

Keukenhof Gardens – A World in Bloom

Keukenhof Gardens – A World in Bloom

Keukenhof, on the outskirts of Lisse, southwest of Amsterdam, was once a 15th century estate that belonged to the Countess of Holland, Jacoba van Beieren. In the 19th century, a German landscaper decided something much more grand was in order… and man oh man, did he deliver! Literally, Keukenhof Gardens is the largest flower garden … Continued

Delft

Delft

Imagine a tiny Amsterdam, but with smaller canals, narrower bridges, and fewer people, and you have the essence of Delft. First established in 1246, the name Delft is typically associated with Delft Blue Porcelain, the local work inspired by Chinese Porcelain brought to the area by Dutch East India (Tea) Company about 400 years ago. … Continued

Queen’s Day in Den Haag

Queen’s Day in Den Haag

I arrived in The Netherlands, a.k.a. Holland, very early Queen’s Day Eve to meet my new friend Karen and her dashing husband, Arthur. After extending a warm hello, we dined al fresco in the enchanting garden of their 1860s abode and then… we were off and running.

And by that I mean… running. At a bare minimum we moved briskly at a fast trot, but Karen and Arthur, like all other people living in those healthy, northern European countries (You know who you are, Finland and Denmark) referred to it as… strolling. Once they even called it “going for a walk.” Ha! But I knew better.

African Birds

Okay, I admit it. I never really understood birders, or ornithology for that matter. Sitting for hours with binoculars? Cuckoo. (pun intended!) That all changed when I went to Africa. The birds of East and South Africa with their unique shapes, bright, colorful plumage and full display mating dance will both amaze and inspire you. … Continued