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No Tulips Without Rain, 16: A Birthday Party in Amsterdam

August 25, 2023 - The monarch’s birthday is a national holiday in The Netherlands. A peculiarity of the occasion is that the date changes...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 15: The Hottest Ticket in Town

August 17, 2023 - It was fortuitous that HL and I obtained tickets for the Vermeer exhibit months ago, just as soon as we booked our stay...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 14: The Jewish Quarter, Amsterdam

August 08, 2023 - The Portuguese Synagogue in the former Jewish Quarter (Joods Kwartier) was our destination, once we had stored our lugga...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 13: The Venice of the North

July 30, 2023 - We set out under leaden skies for a boat tour of Amsterdam’s harbor and canals. The ruling mercantile classes of the Dut...
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No Tulips without Rain, 12: Tulipmania in Keukenhof

July 21, 2023 - This river cruise was advertised as one to Belgium and Holland (sic) in Tulip Time. Naturally, I anticipated that the it...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 11: At Home in Enkhuizen

July 14, 2023 - A visit to a local family is one of the distinguishing activities on a Grand Circle tour. The cruise line may not be the...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 10: Living on the Edge

July 05, 2023 - The Zuider Zee may be the sole name that many adults recall from their elementary school study of The Netherlands. The e...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 9: Downstream from Delft

June 29, 2023 - Our ship stayed overnight in Rotterdam. The dawn did little to illuminate the grey curtain of clouds on our coldest morn...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 8: The Windmills at Kinderdijk

June 23, 2023 - The Dutch are proud of their windmills, and revere them as integral to the development of their nation. Since the 12th C...
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No Tulips without Rain, 7: A Harbor in Zeeland

June 16, 2023 - Veere was our first stop in The Netherlands, in Zeeland. Zeeland is the district at the southern edge of the country, wh...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 6: The Glory of Ghent

June 09, 2023 - The Belgian city of Ghent flourished and surpassed its commercial rival, Bruges, during the late Middle Ages. Ghent grew...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 5: Reconsidering Rubens

June 01, 2023 - The official walking tour of Antwerp was an uncomfortable affair, owing to the damp, chilly conditions this morning, tho...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 3: The Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium

May 25, 2023 - We walked through the Parc de Bruxelles from our hotel in order to reach the Museum of Fine Arts. It was quite cold, tho...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 4: An Antwerp Afternoon

May 23, 2023 - Our transfer from Brussels to Antwerp by train was not as simple a matter as Belgium’s extensive rail system and modest...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 2:. Grease and Grandeur

May 20, 2023 - The Belgians’ assertions about the superiority of their carbohydrates are not restricted to chocolate and waffles. They...
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No Tulips Without Rain, 1: Never on Wednesday

May 14, 2023 -  If you tell someone that you are going to Belgium, it is likely that your listener’s response will be to insist that y...
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