Captured Moments – Tulip Season in Holland

Amsterdam is the largest city in Holland, and the most popular with tourists. There are a lot of reasons to visit here, but we had just one- Tulips. The mother of all tulip gardens, Keukenhof, is about thirty minutes from Amsterdam in Lisse. It is said to be the largest garden in the world and is only open to the public for eight weeks per year from mid-March through mid-May. Continue reading

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Captured Moments – Hamburg, Germany

My husband has had an affection toward model trains since his boyhood. He owns a small collection of Lionel trains, and while he appreciates having them, he hasn’t developed a desire for creating displays. Wunderland, in Hamburg Germany might have provided just the inspiration he needs to get started. We sandwiched the stop between Cologne and Berlin as we traveled by rail throughout Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Continue reading

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Thursday Doors – No Words, Just Doors

These beautiful doors speak for themselves, but I will say that they are at the entrance to St. Mary’s Church in Berlin, Germany. The doors are fitting to the beauty inside.

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The magnificent pipe organ above the church alter.

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If you are a fan of doors, stroll over to Norm 2.0 and take a look at his beautiful collection. If you would like to add to the collection, look for the blue frog at the bottom of his Thursday Doors post.

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Captured Moments – Bruges

Bruges, Belgium is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Its medieval structures, cobblestone streets and canals draped with graceful willow tree branches create an atmosphere that is simply romantic.

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The thing that strikes you about Bruges is the slow pace and gracefulness of the city. This is a place to take it slow and easy. Find a park bench and sit a while. Take a meandering boat ride down the canal, or sip a glass of wine on the deck of a cafe overlooking the water.

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It is entirely possible to forget, if only for a little while, that you are a tourist with a guidebook and a checklist of things to do.

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Today’s Captured Moment is a reminder that traveling is not just about climbing to the top of a Bell Tower, seeing a rare painting or standing in awe of a Cathedral. Sometimes, it is about slowing down and enjoying the moment.

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Brussels In the Rain

Brussels is an easy, three hour train ride from London on the Eurostar, with a change at Midi to hop a local train for one stop to Brussels Central Station. The city center is just a short walk from central station.  There, you will find the Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is impressive, even on a gray, rainy day. It is a great place to begin your tour of Brussels, and see what remains of the city’s medieval architecture. Continue reading

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