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Rotterdam to Antwerp – high speed train only

From DutchNews. A heads-up if you are planning a trip soon which includes taking the train between Rotterdam and Antwerp – the only train beginning on 9 December will be the (expensive) high-speed Fyra train.  Budget accordingly.

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train prices and schedules between Netherlands and Belgium

High speed rail services between A’dam and Brussels will boost prices by almost 30%. Yikes! From DutchNews.  US tourists would do well to double-check prices from RailEurope in case there are savings to be had there. Then there is the … Continue reading

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Poffertjes

Pasted from Deutsche Welle Culture page… I had a plateful of these yummy little pancakes sitting at an open-air cafe on the main square in Haarlem, Netherlands almost 15 years ago. I still remember that snack and the late evening … Continue reading

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Hague Masquerade on 31 August, 2012

From DutchNews. The last day of August is the date for the Hague Masquerade, a big fancy dress (costumed) dance party. From what I can find, this is the second more-or-less annual edition of this fascinating event. Another intriguing non-touristy … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the eve of Memorial Day in the U.S.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28th, 2012. It’s a uniquely American holiday and this will be the 144th such observance since the first one in 1865, after our Civil War ended. A friend emailed me about a recent visit to … Continue reading

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slide show from Floriade 2012

Until I can visit later this year, here are some pictures from Floriade, the Dutch horticultural fair held every ten years. Courtesy of The Guardian, found on DutchNews.

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Floriade is coming – Netherland’s horticultural expo

Floriade, the Netherland’s big horticultural expo, only shows up once every ten years. 2012 is the year. Plants and trees, new growing methods, environmental improvements and more. It runs from 5 April thru 7 October. Click on the link for … Continue reading

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do a good deed when you’re in Amsterdam

Here’s an idea for something you might do next time you’re in Amsterdam

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Spring splendor at Keukenhof Gardens; a photo album

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Finding General Patton

Several years ago, I spent an afternoon in Luxembourg City. After walking along the bluff that leads uphill from the train station (the long, steep drop down to the Alzette (I think) riverbed is amazing… I mean  bungee-jumping amazing in places … Continue reading

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2 Days in Bruges

Bruges is one of several European cities dubbed ‘the Venice of the North’. It’s a lovely town with a well-preserved medieval center which includes several canals. I found a small hotel, the Hans Memling, on the Web, centrally located just … Continue reading

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Cats, Cats and More Cats!

 Cieper – a festival mascot Note – The most recent Cat Festival in Ypres, Belgium was in 2009. The next one is in 2012. Every three years, on the 2nd weekend in May, there is a super-sized festival in Ieper (Ypres), … Continue reading

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