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Rollin’, dockin’, lockin’ on the river…

The River Empress our home for the next 14 days

The River Empress 


River cruising in Europe has become ridiculously popular (PBS fans, I’m talking to you!); on the day of our canal cruise (Sunday), there were no fewer than 8 ships docked in Amsterdam – all heavy with passengers and all heading in the same direction (well, there’s really only one choice).   The River Empress, one of Uniworld‘s lovely boutique ships, wisely departs on a Wednesday – avoiding the crowds not only in Amsterdam but at many other stops along the way.  After four days of exploring the canals and cobbled streets in Amsterdam, we made our way to the docks, found our floating home and boarded in high spirits (and not just because of the legalized  ‘air’ in Amsterdam!) Continue Reading →

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Lifestyles of the ‘Not-So-Rich but VERY Famous’

Judging by his house, Rembrandt didn’t have it so bad while he was still painting portraits of the town burghers.  Here are a few more peeks at “Rembrandt Huis“:

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Rembrandt and The Rijskmuseum

No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to The Rijskmuseum, the Dutch National Museum of Art.  I amsterdam closer

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Wooden Shoe like to be in Amsterdam?


My apologies.  It’s late.  I haven’t had a good internet connection in days.  Right this minute, I’m at the bottom of a very deep set of locks in Frankfurt (on a ship).  Obviously, I’m not even in Amsterdam any longer.  But Roger gamely posed for this photo, so there was no way I wasn’t going to include it in this – the “European River Cruise of 2014” blog. Continue Reading →

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