Europe

Getting Back to My Family Roots in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

My grandfather’s autobiography starts off with the lines: “Rotterdam, Friday, May 10 1940. Suddenly I was awake. It sounded like a series of explosions not far away. Or it could be defense exercises of the Dutch Army, I thought.” I’m a first-generation American on my dad’s side and second on my mother’s side. Her parents were both born in the …

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Is Dutch Chocolate Better Than Belgian Chocolate?

Chocolate Belgian Waffle at Chocolate Company

I love chocolate, but I didn’t really experience truly amazing chocolate until I came to Europe. I try not to indulge too much. On the other hand, when I get invited to a Dutch chocolate tasting, I indulge away! I’ll never forget the day I gave myself a self-guided tour of the chocolatiers in Brussels and had so much chocolate …

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Bringing Out My Inner Child At the Efteling Amusement Park

Selfie with Character in Efteling

I love amusement parks. I first went to Disneyland when I was a year old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Before planning my trip to the Netherlands this summer, I’d never heard of the Efteling Amusement Park. Of course, I had to go when I learned about it. Now I can’t wait to go again! What is Efteling? Efteling …

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I Ate Too Much Good Food on the Food Tour in Krakow

Pierogi at At Dorota

Have you ever tried Polish food? Pierogi, kielbasa, żurek…there are so many great dishes to learn about on a food tour in Krakow. But what are those dishes? I knew a few of them from my earlier visit to Poland, and others were new. One thing was for sure, everything we tried on the tour was fantastic. Obwarzanek Krakowski and Oscypek …

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What It’s Like to Take the Hogwarts Express in Scotland

Selfie with Hogwarts Express

Are you a Harry Potter fan? I certainly am, even though I have only read the books once. I’m also that guy who loves seeing filming locations in real life. Of all the Harry Potter places I’ve been to, the Hogwarts Express was the best. Learning About the Hogwarts Express The first time I heard about the Hogwarts Express was …

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