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Pancake Houses of the Netherlands

Dutch pancakes aren’t just for breakfast in the Netherlands. These tasty pan-fried cakes can be served as a savory meal, a snack, or a sweet dessert. Typically, these Dutch treats are thinner and larger than American flapjacks, but thicker than French crêpes. (Dutch pancakes, however, should not be confused with Dutch babies, puffy cakes similar […]

Yes! Amsterdam IS for Kids!

Should you travel to Amsterdam with kids? As an American expat who has lived in the Netherlands with my children for 20 years, I wholeheartedly say, YES! Amsterdam is for kids! While the city is sometimes known more for rowdy grown-up activities than kid-friendly fare, there is an abundance of wonderful attractions for families here. […]

Bicycling with Kids in the Netherlands

Bicycles are everywhere in the Netherlands. I mean, everywhere! In fact, bikes are the most popular form of transportation in the country. From young children to elderly grandparents, you’ll find them riding bicycles in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and in the countryside. As an American expat living in the Netherlands, my family has fully embraced this Dutch […]

Netherlands Summer Family Vacation Fun Spots

The Netherlands in summer offers a wonderful array of activities for kids and their parents to experience. While most visitors, stick to the capital city of Amsterdam, there’s ever so much more to do in this family-focused country. Plus, with the country’s small size and excellent train system, it’s easy to explore the Netherlands with […]

Why Visit Windmills in Holland at Kinderdijk

Holland is renowned for its wooden shoes, tulips and windmills. But do you know why windmills are such a big deal there? Much of the Netherlands, the region of Holland in particular, is located below sea level. Given the its position along the North Sea and with three major rivers crossing the country, this means about 20 percent […]

Tiptoe Through the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Near Amsterdam

If you plan to visit Amsterdam during spring, escape the city and retreat to the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens. Here you can tiptoe through those Dutch tulips for which Holland is so very well known. This sprawling botanic garden is filled with every varietal of tulips you could imagine, and so much more. History of Holland Tulips There seems to be confusion […]

Holiday in Haarlem, Holland

Amsterdam has its charms (and vices), but if you’re looking for a European town with an old world feel, then take this as your cue to head to Haarlem in the Netherlands. Located between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam, this city of 150,000 has a Golden Age atmosphere and feels like a village. Once a textile […]

Tips For Expats and Soon-to-Be Expats

If you’re considering moving to another country and becoming an “expat” like I did, start planning NOW. The more time you have to prepare, the better off you’re going to be. My husband and I moved with our three young sons from South Carolina to the Netherlands last year. Here are nine tips for expats […]