Netherlands: Utrecht

Netherlands: Utrecht

Don't go to Utrecht. It's not cooler or more relaxed than Amsterdam, there aren't lovely bakeries and lunch spots along the canal, and there definitely aren't any bicycles to rent. ;) Some Dutchies prefer to keep Utrecht a secret from hordes of tourists, so I promised I wouldn't sing Utrecht's praises! 

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Netherlands: Deventer

Netherlands: Deventer

By the time I got to Deventer I was feeling camera fatigue. So, I didn't take a lot of photos, even being in a formerly walled city with historical architecture. Instead I focused on getting to know my extended family (like, really extended - related through my great-grandfather)...

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Portugal: Sintra

Portugal: Sintra

Sintra was an unexpected stopover between Luxembourg and the Netherlands. I decided I wanted to go somewhere warm, saw a decently priced flight for the next day, and that was that. Very happy I took the plunge and spent 4 days in Portugal, starting with the mid-sized town of Sintra...

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Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg was a confusing country to visit. I couldn't easily conceptualize it as a place, France looks French and Belgium looks Belgian, but Luxembourg looks...Luxembourgish? I didn't have enough previous exposure to know what I was getting into. It is such a mixture of old and new, middle and modern, far and new. Not to mention the Luxembourgish language which sounds (to an English speaker) like soft Dutch and hard French. 

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