It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

Open air dining in Maastricht, Netherlands

The many delights of Maastricht

It would be hard NOT to fall in love with Maastricht, a town in Holland known for its markets, open plazas, and rich history. And so, we, too, fell in line with others who agree that this is a free-spirited place for shopping, touring, and relaxing. Known for its open-air markets selling everything from clothing […]

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Retracing Van Gogh: A walking tour of Neunen

It would be difficult, we suppose, to visit The Netherlands and not hear about Vincent Van Gogh, the well-known post-impressionist artist known for “greats” such as Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Bedroom, and The Potato Eaters. But what we didn’t realize was that his life was a humble one, living, as he did, in a small […]

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Cheese store in Gouda, Netherlands

A foodie day in Gouda

Before we get into this delightful Viking Cruise add-on excursion to the little town of Gouda, Netherlands, let’s get one thing straight: You’ve got to pronounce Gouda correctly! That’s right. You’re probably not saying it right, and the lady holding a tray of sample cheeses will insist that you learn the proper pronunciation before you […]

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Kinderdijk windmills on cloudy day

Windmills of Kinderdijk, gems of The Netherlands

Although windmills dot the landscape in various parts of The Netherlands, the 19 remarkably preserved windmills in Kinderdijk make them a must-see on any tour of the region. “The area is located amid low-lying polders, tracts of land reclaimed from the sea by the power of the windmills and enclosed by embankments, or dikes.” (Viking […]

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Berlin Christmas Market: gold lady on stilts

Berlin Christmas Market: Sophisticated Shopping

Our final stop at Germany’s Christmas markets may have been our best. Berlin did not disappoint! With the kid-friendly rides and good country food at Dessau and Magdeburg and the fresh greens of lovely booths in Hannover behind us, we thought the markets couldn’t get any better. But then we shopped Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt. Sophisticated booths […]

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Prague's Astronomical Clock

Travel bliss destination: Prague & Germany

This week, Lindy LeCoq posed a challenge in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #175: Follow Your Bliss: find and describe something that makes us blissfully happy. Without a doubt, the two of us agree: Travel in or out of the U.S. has become a passion for us. With an upcoming trip later this week (our first one […]

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Flower petals bokeh, Valle Crucis, NC

Bokeh mystique: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #194

This may be my one and only true confessions post, but when I saw Sofia’s theme this week, I knew I was in trouble. Bokeh is one of those “real” photographer terms, one that I hardly understand, let alone use intentionally. As Sofia says, “It literally means ‘blur’ in Japanese.” And let me tell you, […]

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Sonia Summers' Girl Blowing Bubbles: Chalk Walk 2022

Re-birth Day: Knoxville’s Chalk Walk 2022

Making a strong comeback on the Knoxville Dogwood Arts scene, Chalk Walk 2022 brought crowds back downtown after a two-year hiatus (Covid, of course!). And since John of Journeys with Johnbo created this week’s topic Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #193: They Say It’s Your Birthday, we just figured the rebirth of Chalk Walk was as celebratory […]

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Walking through Zion National Park

Earth Story: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #192

This Earth Story is a tale told in orange as we celebrate the grandeur of the earth revealed in brownish, yellowish, orangey colors of America’s state and national parks. Orange is the happiest color. Frank Sinatra In the photo above, hikers make their way around the striated rocks of Zion National Park. And from our […]

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