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6 reasons to visit The Netherlands

There are a few choice places that tourists like to visit upon arriving in Amsterdam, but I encourage you to wander out of the big city and see what it’s like on the other side. See if you only ever visit the big cities, it’s impossible to truly experience everything a location has to offer. Not to say that you should not visit cities… They often have a vibrant variety of cultures that are easily accessible if time is limited.…

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The Keukenhof’s last day

The last day of the season, is what I mean. We’ve been so busy that we couldn’t attend until the very last day of the season. Disappointing, I know, since we missed out on lots of beautiful blooms, but there was still so much to see that we felt like we didn’t miss much! And just what exactly is the Keukenhof? Firmly situated in Lisse, it is one of the world’s largest gardens and has grown to house over 7 million…

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Irwindale’s Renaissance Faire

“It’s Americans pretending to be old Europeans.” I’m still laughing about how accurate that is. Sander had never been to anything like a Renaissance Faire. I had grown up attending, not every year but I was very familiar with what went down and how intense the whole Faire can be. Being in California, we’re all aware of how the heat can dominate the entire day. That being said, we slathered Sander in some heavy duty sunblock and hit the road with…

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Ice Skating in Haarlem

We’ve been meaning to go ice skating as soon as the winter season hit but it’s been a bit difficult. For the first time in our lives, both as singles and a couple, Sander and I have had a social life. We’ve been busy nearly every weekend with either date plans or family plans. This past weekend we decided that procrastination would not get the better of us. The trip out to Haarlem and our destination, Kunstijsbaan Kennemerland, was short and…

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Sailing across the Ijsselmeer

Early in October, we were invited out to take a day trip to Stavoren, a small coastal city which houses a population around 1,000 people. Our hosts were Sander’s aunt and uncle and method of travel was by sail boat. Sander’s uncle Renè owns a sailboat, complete with full mast and motor. The cabin can house up to 6 people and is pretty spacious down in the living quarters. We were picked up by Renè and Carla and together drove…

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Lifestyle

Off to the races

Sander’s been a big fan of the Formula 1 racing. In fact racing seems to be a popular topic in his circles. His boss and various members of his team at work enjoy watching their man, Max Verstappen, traverse the racing circuits of the world. Sander’s office even sponsors their own driver in the 2016 Autowasbon Mazda MaX5 races. We had the chance to watch the last race of the season so we ventured out to to watch the drivers in action. We drove down…

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Where fairy tales come to life

An enchanted place, older than Disneyland, filled with unforgettable stories from our childhoods. The Efteling fits that like a glove. Originally the park was opened in 1952 and only included a walk through a fairy-tale forest, but as popularity grew, the theme park flourished. Much of the park is dedicated to the original idea begin the forest walk, fairy-tale lore is sprinkled throughout the entirety of the theme park and focuses much on European tales, save for a few attractions. Most…

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Sea Life at The Hague

Scheveningen is a popular seaside location nestled in the western coast of The Hague and home to the aquarium, Sea Life. It was one of the many aquariums we had planned on visiting but the only one we had time to see during our holiday. On the stroll down to the pier we decided to grab the famous fries with mayonnaise, a typical Dutch meal. The potatoes were cut fresh and fried up as we waited and I have to say…

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Madurodam

Madurodam is a war memorial for George Maduro, erected by his family in 1952, as a tribute to their only son. It showcases over 700 buildings that can be found from various regions in the Netherlands. What makes these buildings unique is that they are all miniaturized to about 25x their original size. There are a few displays that have been enlarged and those are 25x larger than the originals! The first stop on the map is a small theater…

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Food Food in California

Cherry Valley’s Lavender Festival

It’s never officially summer for my family until we’ve been to the annual Lavender Festival that takes place in Cherry Valley, CA. This was the 12th year for 123 Farm, a sprawling estate that helps to bring awareness and an appreciation for organic farming. While they have events year around, the Lavender Festival has been a tradition for my family for the past five years. Demonstrations are held for people who are interested in aromatherapy and other uses of lavender oil.…

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