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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Hoorn, Netherlands: waiting to sail

The Netherlands will have to wait!

As fate would have it, my right shoulder has a tear in its rotator cuff. So I’ll be out for surgery (only a day) and then recovery. But writing may not be possible for a while. So, a trip to the classy little town of Hoorn and many others in The Netherlands and Belgium will […]

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Purple orchid close up: Keukenhof Gardens

Orchids, too, at Keukenhof Gardens

In our previous post, Ribbons of Color: Keukenhof Gardens, we touted the sensory overload of giant swaths of spring tulips at Keukenhof, the gardens near Amsterdam priding itself (and with good reason) on their plantings of over 7,000,000 tulips each year. What a spectacular site that was for us and the thousands of other visitors […]

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Keukenhof: pair of red tulips, sun background

Ribbons of Color: Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands

It may have been the biggest (and maybe the finest) surprise we’ve had cruising with Viking. While still in port in Amsterdam, our cruise director (Viking’s Holland & Belgium 2022) reported that tickets were available (unexpectedly) from Keukenhof Gardens in nearby Lisse for the last day of Tulip Festival. And then he asked, “Would any […]

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Lived-in boat on an Amsterdam canal

You gotta do it: Amsterdam via canal boat

Seeing a city can take on many forms from private driver in a limousine to a jaunty ride on a hop-on, hop-off bus. But in a waterway city, there’s nothing better than a slow-paced tour in a boat, complete with a guide narrating the landmarks in a city he loves! We’ve written about the architecture […]

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