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9th June 2015

That is gorgeous!
9th June 2015

Oh how beautiful! Marty told me Bruges is "magical," and it certainly looks like it. He was there in 2003 on a weekend trip when he was studying German in Dusseldorf, but I think it was just for a day, and it was too rainy to take the boa
t trip. So glad you are having time to enjoy it.
From Blog: Beautiful Bruges
9th June 2015

Beautiful!! Will you take the canal boat??
From Blog: Beautiful Bruges
8th June 2015

You can definitely leave your luggage with the hotel in Europe. We've done it a lot, including nearly a week in Santiago while we hiked the Camino with just our backpacks. Now, we made sure to stay overnight at that hotel while starting a
nd finishing the Camino.
8th June 2015

Yes I know you can leave your luggage, but I didn't have anything else to do with everything closed so I just went to the airport. And then I wasn't sure how often the bus would go with it being a holiday so better to be safe than sorry!
8th June 2015

Way to go, Christine! You didn't get answers from people who should have had ideas, so you took matters into your own hands--or guidebook--and made your own plans. It sounds as if it worked out great. Though we are major city folks, Marty
and I love to get out of the city in every country we visit. Though you did not go where we did when we visited Paal and Graau in Zeeland on our first visit to Holland, the pictures of the countryside look very similar. (Of course, Holland is not that large!) Incidentally, I have loved pickled herring since I was a little girl. Maybe you should take a little taste. In this country it is sold in wine vinegar or sour cream.
8th June 2015

Your whole time in the Netherlands sounds just delightful!
8th June 2015

Yummy local food outside on a beautiful day in a stunning, historic square! One of the great experiences of travel. Definitely worth spending a few extra euros.
8th June 2015

I think your bags are getting heavier because of all the presents you are buying ME!! HAHAHA Sounds like another great day.
8th June 2015

One more thing: We LOVE riding trains in Europe!
7th June 2015

Someone who works at the information center should be someone who knows more about things that are not just in Amsterdam. And to never have left Amsterdam???? I guess I shouldn't be surprised...there are people here in town who never go d
owntown.
7th June 2015

Looks like you found something to do. It looks like you had a good day. I'd like to go there.
6th June 2015

I had the best time bicycling around the Netherlands. You get to see the beautiful countryside in a way that is unique and direct. Even the animals in the fields seem to have smiles on their faces as they gambol about. Pick up bicyles at
any train station and drop them at another train station. We made the beach our objective and between the 4 of us we found our !way
From Blog: Itinerary
6th June 2015

Christine, I am so proud of you. When I heard you wanted to visit Auschwitz on your own without a group, I was concerned. Your blog showed me that you had the maturity to handle all the complex emotions that went with your adventure. I k
now I could not have done that. Thank you for sharing that piece of your life and how important it was to you. It was very special, and in its memorial, very respectful and even beautiful to honor all of those who gave their lives. Hope your vacation continues to bring knowledge and joy.
5th June 2015

We had the same experience dealing with Mexican pesos. Maybe even more misleading because they use the same symbol as the US dollar! I always feel guilty buying so many souvenirs and gifts for myself because they sound so expensive! Then I
get home and think "Why didn't I buy more?"
From Blog: Historic Krakow
5th June 2015

Ah yes, the religious holidays in Catholic countries challenge! Most guidebooks list them, but we have forgotten to check too. Even in countries like Italy and France where no one except old ladies in black goes to church, they shut down
for the religious holidays. We got caught on Ascension Thursday years ago in Provence. Now watch out for the Euro! After the cheap zlotys, now everything is a bit MORE expensive than you think. Fortunately, these days the exchange rate is more in your favor. But the difference shows up in the kind of room you get for your money. It looks charming though. We've had rooms like that. I can see that the window could be a bit annoying. But all the light should keep you from feeling claustrophobic. We love Amsterdam. And they are unlikely to have any religious shutdowns!
5th June 2015

Next time, ask at your hotel if you can leave your luggage there for a few hours after you check out. I don't know if they do that in Europe, but we do it often (as well as leaving it if we arrive too early for check in) in Latin America. T
hey are used to this, and they keep it in a secure area. Your Amsterdam room is very cute!
5th June 2015

The room looks small indeed but it also looks clean and that's important. Hope you have a great day. Nice to know you do exist!!
5th June 2015

The zoo sounds great! I wonder if we could use our Brookfield Zoo card to get in. HAHAHA It sounds like you are not having any trouble getting around. I hope it isn't too hot tomorrow.
5th June 2015

Would you rather climb up its neck and slide out its butt??
4th June 2015

So very well put, Tine. The lack of choice on the part of those poor prisoners, and the choices made by all those responsible for what happened there, are so hard to comprehend. I can only imagine that witnessing such a place puts the very
nature of human choice into sharp relief.
4th June 2015

Great post, Tine. Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us.
3rd June 2015

Glad you got there safe and sound. FYI...The King and Queen of the Netherlands are here in Chicago today. Maybe they will be back in time to have you over for dinner when you are in their country.
3rd June 2015

I would find it interesting to go to a church service of any kind being done in a different language. You don't have to understand anything to appreciate the sentiment. And I am glad you are finding things to eat. I would like any of the
items you had....they sound delicious!!
From Blog: Historic Krakow
3rd June 2015

Very insightful observations. Sadly, there are many places in the world where this is true today.

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