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Wacky Christmas Traditions in Europe You Have Never Heard Of

What do lit candles atop a girl’s head, a cat who eats children, and coal left in shoes have in common? Why, they’re Christmas traditions in Europe, of course! Let’s check out unusual Christmas traditions in Europe hailing from Iceland, the Netherlands and Sweden. Christmas traditions in Europe – Iceland’s scary Christmas Considering that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pancake Houses of the Netherlands

Since moving to the Netherlands a few months ago, my family has quickly learned that pancakes are a popular staple on the Dutch menu. They’re not just for breakfast either. With extensive menus and welcoming decor, the traditional pancake houses of the Netherlands, or pannenkoekenhuis, are not remotely similar to the popular pancake chain restaurants in the U.S. Apple pancake […]

Yes! Amsterdam IS for Kids!

While the city is known more for lascivious activities than family-friendly fare, there are plenty of parks, museums, and attractions to keep children’s curious minds and rambunctious bodies entertained.