Amsterdam’d if I Do or Amsterdam’d if I Don’t

Amsterdam’d if I do!

In 5 short weeks my friend Jane and I will be hanging out in Amsterdam for a few days before we embark on our Tulip Cruise …well, probably we’ll be dead asleep at this time of day because there’s a 5 hour difference, and we’ll have been traveling all night and day, but you get the picture.

The weather over Tulip Season is a perfect low to mid 50’s. I can totally dig that! We’ll be hitting up Coffee Shops, Canals, Gardens, Parks, and as many Art Museums as we can!  Fortunately, Amsterdam is one of those places that offer a city pass to make the most of your time. We’ll pick up our HollandPass as soon as we land and use it for the duration of our two weeks.

Anyhow. While we are in Amsterdam we will be visting with our friend Van Gogh and check out Rembrandt House. The Rijkmuseum is at the top of the list. Although it doesn’t look like we’ll get to go to the Anne Frank House because tickets are sold out months in advance, there is so much more to do!  I found a few good websites for Amsterdam, like as well as a fun video for some of the lesser known things to do.  The Portuguese Synagogue was already on our list, but for you Purse Fanatics, there’s something REALLY special for you! Check it out!

I’m pretty sure, I’ll have to save FEBO for my trip with Mike.

Tot ziens!


River Cruises

River Cruises ~All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

You’re at a milestone birthday, celebrating a “big” anniversary, built up an additional week of vacation, or you just want to do something super special. What’s the new “in” vacation?  You’ve got it! River cruising! Wait, you don’t know about river cruising? Well, friends,  let me broaden your horizons.

Over the last few years, travelers who appreciate diverse cultural experiences, luxury accommodations,  inclusive excursions, and experiencing regional cuisine, as well as wines and beers have discovered the value of a River Cruise.

River Cruising gets you up close, and right into the cities that were the heart of Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa.  Castles and Bridges, Vineyards and Medieval Villages.


I’m extremely excited about my own upcoming river cruises with Avalon Waterways  Yes. I’ll be doing TWO this year as part of my training.  In April, a friend and I are taking advantage of Avalon’s Single Supplement Waiver and will each have our own cabins without paying for double occupancy.   We’ll be lucky enough to be in Amsterdam for the King’s Day celebration the day before our cruise. Our focus for the trip will be tulip gardens and art museums (van Gogh!), as well as the Jewish Cultural centers. We’ll be cruising throughout the Netherlands and Belgium,  so beer will definitely be part of the appreciation. I’m currently using the DuoLingo app on my Samsung to learn Dutch, then I’ll work on my German and French for the summer!

In addition to spending a few extra days in Amsterdam, we’ll do a two night layover in Dublin where we’ll hang out in the Grafton Street and Temple Bar areas. Pretty darn stoked!

In July, Mike will get his first taste of Europe when he and I fly to Zurich. We’ll board Avalon’s Artistry II in Basel to cruise the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and end in…you guessed it…Amsterdam! Did you know the Rhine is the number one River Cruise destination for first-timers?  Beer, Wine, and Castles, how can you go wrong?  Now let’s talk about where to go for YOUR first River Cruise!


Tot ziens!