Category: 2013: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium

First international trip, 2013

Home on Saturday, 4/6/2013; Epilogue

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We were pretty happy to be going home. Three weeks is a long time, it will be awhile before we do that again. Especially at the pace we kept. But we liked the pace, so will probably just choose to do less next time. As I learned in early March, three weeks is a long […]

Day 18: Brussels (Friday, April 5, 2013)

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So I ended this trip the way I started it: exploring a foreign city by myself. Dan had to go back to Gent for an all-day work meeting, a compromise move so he didn’t have to extend his stay to attend a session in Mannheim, Germany, the following Tuesday. He was never able to really […]

Day 17: Bruges to Gent to Brussels (Thursday, April 4, 2013)

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The hotel owner in Bruges (Paul – we found his place on, too) honored our request for an early breakfast and we left at 8am to catch a bus to the train station. While we had walked the almost 2 miles on Monday, it was a bit of a hassle with the luggage. Plus […]

Day 16: Bruges, Part 2 (Wednesday, April 3, 2013)

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We are definitely ready to come home, especially Dan who came out 6 days ahead of me for work. And, he just learned he will have to work in Gent on Friday, but that’s instead of having to extend his stay into next week. Definitely better than that. It means I will do Brussels by […]

Day 15: Bruges, Part 1 (Tuesday, April 2, 2013)

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We did so many little things today I am not even going to attempt to write about each one. The reader can go to Trip Advisor if interested in more detail 🙂 I am going to treat this instead as a photo diary, with a simple list, maybe some description, and photos to support. Dan […]

Day 14: Amsterdam to Bruges (Monday, April 1, 2013)

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We left the Amsterdam apartment about 7:30 this morning, and got to our Bruges hotel around 2:30. We were scheduled to leave at 7:55 but that train was cancelled. The reroute would get us here 1.5 hours later than planned. The good news: just two transfers instead of three, with time enough in between the […]

Day 13: Amsterdam, Part 4 (Sunday, April 1, 2013)

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We are still in “take it easy” mode. That’s allowed on vacation, right? It was nearly 10 by the time we decided to get up and Dan announced, “no, it’s really 11 – look at my phone, the time changed last night.” I’d forgotten he told me yesterday Europe was on a different schedule and […]

Day 12: Haarlem – Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Another light-ish day. I think we’re both feeling the pace a little bit. Not that I’m complaining! We come home a week from today and the rest of the trip should be pretty relaxing. We left about 10am and took a 20-minute train ride to Haarlem. Because we still had time on the 24 hour […]

Day 11: Amsterdam, Part 3 (Friday, March 29, 2013)

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We were both so tired last night from a week or more of 7 miles a day on foot on average we decided to take it easy today. We slept in and finally got going around 10:30am. To be nice to our feet, see other parts of the city, and live like a local for […]

Day 10: The Hague (Den Haag), Thursday March 28


The Hague is the 3rd largest city in Netherlands, about 37 miles southeast of Amsterdam on the North Sea. It is home to the International Court of Justice, the judicial function of the United Nations. One of the streets is named for JFK. It is much different from Amsterdam. Skyscrapers for one, with of course […]