Weekend in Amsterdam

Diversity is embraced here. “Weird” might be the Dutch norm due to pragmatic tolerance. This trade city has been accustomed to associating with different cultures, ideologies…

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Locating the Netherlands

Where is the Netherlands? The Netherlands is located in Northwestern Europe along the North Sea. This small country is divided into 12 official provinces (4…

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London Boroughs

It's impossible to see all of London in a few days, but we worked to discover as much as possible on our trip to Northwestern…

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Northwestern Europe

Football-inspired travels led to our discovery of Northwestern Europe and the history architecture, cuisine and cultures found there. While watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup…

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Exporing Touraine in the Loire Valley

The city of Tours and Château d'Artigny was a good starting point for our self-guided driving tour throughout the Loire Valley of France. Our day's agenda took us through the…

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Chateau d’Artigny

Upon leaving Chartres, France, we headed off to Château d'Artigny near Montbazon, a few miles away from the city of Tours. Sitting along the Indre River in the heart…

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Chartres Cathedral

In addition to enjoying rich cafés, fresh local cuisine, regional wine and chévre cheese, we set out to experience the home to some of the world's greatest…

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Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia (meaning "Holy Wisdom" in Greek) has remained one of the most profound wonders of my study of architectural history and one that I…

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Istanbul, Turkey

The vast city of Istanbul fascinated me with its complex Byzantine and Ottoman history. As the largest of Turkey's cities, it is filled with architectural and…

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Paris – The Left Bank

I've always believed that travel is good for the mind and soul. It exposes us to culture, language, food and surroundings beyond the familiar setting…

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