Kayaking in Ketchikan, Alaska

During our July Alaskan cruise, I wanted to get out on the water & out into nature as much as possible. So kayaking Ketchikan, Alaska was a no brainer for our day in port there. Southeast Sea Kayaks took us on an amazing tour around Orcas Cove. While we didn’t see any whales & got […]

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Hotel Review: Seattle’s Inn at the Market

Seattle is one of my favorite places to visit: the people are kind & quirky, the food scene is top notch & wandering around Pike Place Market makes my heart happy. So when we booked an Alaskan cruise that left out of Seattle, I was looking forward to our pre- & post-cruise city stays almost […]

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Cruising to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice

Despite cruising all over the Caribbean, Europe & even Canada, one trip still alluded us: the famed cruise to Alaska. Undeterred that these itineraries are traditionally loved by generations the tend to skew older, we booked our trip a mere three weeks before the July 4th holiday – shockingly late (even for us) for a […]

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9 Photos That Will Make You Want to Book a Trip to Holland Immediately

Rotterdam’s markets are amazing & definitely worth a visit! Head to Markthal hungry – there are four floors of food. The best way to visit is to try a bite from different stalls in a make-your-own foodie tour. Hanging out near the Fenix Food Factory but want a site down meal? Head across the street […]

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Kinderdijk 101: 10 Things You Need to Know About Holland’s Famous Windmills

The windmill is synonymous with Holland. Built early in the country’s history as a water management tool, these mills pumped water out to let farmland & people in. Perhaps the most famous collection of windmills anywhere in the world can be found in Kinderdijk, South Holland. The Kinderdijk windmills are one of the most popular […]

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A Fairy Tale on Water: Giethoorn

Tucked into northern Holland is a fairy tale on water: the village of Giethoorn sits idyllically on a series of canals to form Holland’s own version of Venice. As a guest of Visit Holland, I enjoyed exploring the village as part of my tour of the country. Giethoorn: a brief history There are no cars […]

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Exploring Holland’s National Parks

One of the things I love most about the U.S. is our National Park System. I don’t know if all Americans realize how lucky we are to have not only a large number of parks, but also ones that is well maintained. I’m always curious to visit other country’s national parks; Canada, for instance, has […]

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Dordrecht: South Holland’s Oldest City

One of my favorite things about traveling around Europe is exploring old small towns – we just don’t have old in the United States! A stop in Dordrecht, Holland’s oldest city, is a must for anyone who adores small towns, quirky architecture & being the only American around for miles (this is not a bad thing). […]

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48 Hours in Rotterdam

Admit it: when someone asks you to name a city in Holland, your first response is “Amsterdam.” It’s only natural, right? But your answer should be Holland’s youngest city, Rotterdam. Situated along the Maas River, South Holland’s largest city was leveled by bombing in WWII, but has bounced back fabulously & is well worth adding to […]

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Holland: First Thoughts

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending a whirlwind few days exploring the Netherlands as a guest of Visit Holland. Heading there with very little knowledge of the country meant that everything was a new discovery – which is exactly how I like to travel. One of the most densely populated countries in the world, […]

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