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Trip: Europe 2016

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The Land of the Windmills

NETHERLANDS | Friday, 12 Aug 2016 | Views [254]

In the Zaan region of the Netherlands, which is the oldest industrial area of Western Europe you find what remains of the 600 plus windmills that used to generate power for the mills. Today fewer than 10 remain and they saw wood, grind flour, produce ... Read more >

The Automatic Transportation Machine Is Eating Ed's Credit Card!

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 11 Aug 2016 | Views [216]

Public transportation here is relatively expensive. In Paris you can buy a book of 10 tickets for about $12. One ticket will take you from one side of Paris to the other. And it is simple to follow the visual instructions even if you don't speak French.... Read more >

Who Knew Edam Was Not Only Delicious But Beautiful As Well?

NETHERLANDS | Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016 | Views [243]

We took a tour out of the city today to Edam. And yes, the famous cheese is made there. But, the city itself is quaint and quite charming. There are flowers everywhere and of course canals crisscross the little city. There is even one bride that has ... Read more >

Begining to unravel the secrets of Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 9 Aug 2016 | Views [265]

We set off this morning to explore another area of Amsterdam. Although our destination was the Flower district, we meandered aimlessly through the streets enjoying all the sights to behold on our way. It doesn't take long to leave our peaceful neighborhood ... Read more >

Cinderella Lost Her Head and It's Not To Prince Charming!

NETHERLANDS | Monday, 8 Aug 2016 | Views [256]

I've mentioned that we are very close to a lovely, large park with a running track, tennis courts, a few small lakes, and a canal on one of its boundaries. The other day we were strolling in the park near one of the lakes and I did a double-take. Floating ... Read more >

Pink Saturday

NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 7 Aug 2016 | Views [212]

One of the main events of this summer's gathering of “2016 Euro-Pride” is an 80 float parade on one of the main canals. We were out for our morning walk and as we walked down one of our favorite little streets, we noticed that huge crowds ... Read more >


NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 7 Aug 2016 | Views [158]

The city is really crowded! It is August so there are the usual vacationers and Amsterdam is also host to the “2016 Euro-Pride” gathering”. The Netherlands is quite proud that they were the first country in the world to allow gay marriages ... Read more >

The Dam Square or Times Square Dutch Style

NETHERLANDS | Friday, 5 Aug 2016 | Views [220]

In the heart of Amsterdam is Dam Square. The best way to describe it, is to think Times Square, New York City. The crowds are similar, the people dressed in costumes hoping for a handout, hoards of people taking “selfies” , street entertainers, ... Read more >

Around Town

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 4 Aug 2016 | Views [192]

All is well and we are settling in. It is a bit weird for us not to understand the language. . Despite what people say about everyone here speaking English, that's not quite accurate! Most do, but we have had some awkward moments! If there were ... Read more >

Hello Amsterdam, Hello Friendly Local Police!

NETHERLANDS | Wednesday, 3 Aug 2016 | Views [246]

We arrived in Amsterdam and easily made our way to the house where we are staying. We had to wait, however, for the woman who was bringing us the key. She was late, apologized and immediately began to help us unload the car. Ed was parked about three ... Read more >

Utrecht; it's Not Just A Paint Brand!

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 2 Aug 2016 | Views [191]

Since we had some time to spare before we arrived in Amsterdam, we decided to visit Utrecht which is about 10 miles away from Amsterdam. It is very much a city in transition. There is so much building going on! Huge cranes dot the skyline and there ... Read more >

Paimpol, a Town That Promotes the Arts

NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 31 Jul 2016 | Views [178]

We didn't really know what to expect of Paimpol but we were very pleasantly surprised by all the art galleries, pottery shops and one co-op that was filled with some of the most interesting handmade items that we have seen all summer! Sometimes it is ... Read more >

And the Nomads Move Again

NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 31 Jul 2016 | Views [119]

We are off now to Amsterdam for three weeks before we set sail on our cruise in the Baltic and to St Petersburg, Russia. We left Perros-Guirec, stayed over night in Amiens again. But this time it was relatively empty for a Saturday evening because many ... Read more >

Sculpture Garden in Progress

NETHERLANDS | Saturday, 30 Jul 2016 | Views [169]

Some 35 years ago Perros-Gueric decided that they should have a sculpture garden showcasing the rose granite from the quarry here. So, they invited sculptors to compete and some 18 pieces were created. Keep in mind that granite is very hard to work ... Read more >

Photos: Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS | Friday, 29 Jul 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Third Annual Perros Art Festival

NETHERLANDS | Friday, 29 Jul 2016 | Views [189]

Last weekend, Perros was hosting an Art Festival. The grounds of the Palace de Congress (like a convention center) have been set up for the artists to display their work. There must be between 35 to 40 artists showing. Last evening we walked around ... Read more >

Sand Art Taken to a New Level

FRANCE | Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 | Views [233]

Last time we were here, I would find different drawings on the beach each morning, tide allowing, near the Yacht Club. Last week I spotted another one. However, the tide had started to come in and it had partially washed away the day's design. Then ... Read more >

"Stairway to Heaven"

FRANCE | Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 | Views [272]

One of the most popular sites to visit in Lannion is a unique church built at the top of one of those steep hills that the old city is built on. Today we decided to visit it. The church sits majestically at the top of 144 steps. There is no road to ... Read more >

A Long and Rich History

FRANCE | Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 | Views [258] | Comments [1]

The closest big town to us is Lannion and like most of the places around here, it is quite rich in HISTORY! Traces of early man have been found dating back to 10,000 B.C. During the Middle Ages, the British even controlled it for a period of time. Located ... Read more >

Awarding the Best “Baguette” Prize

FRANCE | Monday, 25 Jul 2016 | Views [212] | Comments [1]

We have decided, after sampling at least 30 different boulangeries since we have been in France, to present our “Award of Excellence” to our local bakery. First, they ask you how you like your baguette cooked. Then, they choose one they ... Read more >

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