Amsterdam, Netherlands

Upon arrival at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the energy of the city immediately engulfed me. I couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of Amsterdam’s famous canals, among other beautiful sights. A taxi ride brought us to our hotel, just a few streets down from Central Station. Here are just a few of Amsterdam’s must-see…

Giethoorn & Volendam

We participated in a few day tours in the Netherlands, and one of them was to Giethoorn and Volendam. They were two distinctively different towns but both offered unique views into Dutch life. Giethoorn Giethoorn, one of my favorite places to visit the whole trip, was absolutely stunning. Called “the Venice of the North” (although…

Zaanse Schans (windmills!!)

We spent half a day in Zaanse Schans, the most iconic town in the Netherlands…there were windmills everywhere!  There are tours that stop at Zaanse Schans as well as other towns, but we decided to take the bus, as we had already participated in a couple day tours. The bus fare was about €10 per…