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Down in the South (of France, that is)


I have always wanted to visit the south of France and the French country.  I grew up with Provençal furnishings in my bedroom, love French country food, and adore Provençal fabrics and pottery.  Since Provence falls right between Paris and the Riviera, we were able to spend some time here, enjoying the laid back yet [...]

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg


Where is Luxembourg and what the heck is a Grand Duchy, you ask?  It’s a tiny country (smaller even than Rhode Island by almost half) nestled between Belgium, France, and Germany.  It is a Grand Duchy because it is ruled by a Grand Duke.  It has the world’s highest per capita GDP. We stopped in [...]

The Hague and Delft


We ventured out of Amsterdam on Thursday to visit Den Haag, or The Hague, seat of Dutch political power – home to both the Parliament and the Monarchy. Here we are on the train:   Here is the impressive Binnenhof Parliament Complex: And then at the gatehouse to Queen Beatrix’s royal palace: And at the [...]

Arrival in Amsterdam


We made it to the Netherlands.  We arrived via speed train from Brussels: Then took a tram towards our apartment: The tram driver told us to get off one stop too early and we wandered for awhile.  Zachary got bored and began playing with the strings on his hat: Then Max, the apartment company greeter, [...]

In Bruges


Bruges (French and English) or Brugge (Flemish) is about an hour from Brussels via train.  We day tripped there yesterday – Zachary got very comfy on the train…   When we arrived we were pretty impressed by what we had come to see – a perfectly preserved medieval town square complete with very tall 13th [...]