Why you need to skip Melk Abbey in favor of St. Florian  Monastery

Why you need to skip Melk Abbey in favor of St. Florian Monastery

Stift Sankt Florian (St. Florian Monastery) is a stunning monastery located in the town of Sankt Florian.  This stunning monastery was first founded in the 9th century and it is the largest monastery in Upper Austria.

Although most people head to Melk Abbey for baroque architecture and frescos, St. Florian is a less crowded alternative with all of the same appeal and even more.  In this guide to the St. Florian Monastery, I’ll provide an overview of what to expect for your visit, how to get to the monastery, and highlights of the visit for non-German speakers.

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How to view the beautiful Japanese garden in Den Haag in fall and spring

How to view the beautiful Japanese garden in Den Haag in fall and spring

One of the small joys of living in a place year-round is that you get to experience your home city in each season.  Although seasons in the Netherlands are far more mild than those of my home country, I still have a huge soft spot for fall and spring here in the Netherlands.  One of the best places to ring in spring and fall is at the Japanese garden in Den Haag.  I’ll be including advice for visiting the Japanese garden in both seasons, including getting to Clingendael.

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What to do in Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam’s coolest borough

What to do in Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam’s coolest borough

For some reason that I’m not sure, a lot of people that I know are nervous about visiting Amsterdam Noord.  This part of Amsterdam is just across the water from the historic city center, so if you think that you’ve seen Amsterdam, take a ferry across to explore Amsterdam Noord.  This post will be covering cool things to do in Amsterdam Noord, so be sure to rent a bike and follow my lead.

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Your perfect Netherlands itinerary by a Dutch resident

Your perfect Netherlands itinerary by a Dutch resident

After over three years of living in the Netherlands, I’ve been asked a lot about how much time to spend in the Netherlands.  A lot of people speed through the Netherlands only stopping for one day in Amsterdam, but I’d recommend enjoying at least 7 days in the Netherlands if you have the chance.  I’ll be covering the highlights of the Netherlands and tips for getting around the Netherlands in this Dutch itinerary.

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Free Walking Tour of the Cologne Christmas Markets with Map

Free Walking Tour of the Cologne Christmas Markets with Map

​In 2018,  Cologne will have its annual Christmas market from
November 26th to December 23rd. If you’re lucky enough to visit Cologne in winter (just in time), be sure to spend at least a day (if not three days) browsing the famous Christmas markets in Cologne. ​ ​Keep reading for tips for experiencing the German Christmas markets and things to do in Cologne in December!

Planning to visit Cologne Germany in winter to see the famous Cologne Christmas markets?  Tips for visiting the Cologne Christmas markets, what to do in Cologne, and where the Cologne Christmas markets are!

​I’ve set up this as a walking tour of five Christmas markets in Cologne with a downloadable map of the Christmas markets in Cologne. (Be prepared that this FREE walking tour of Cologne includes a lot of walking although it covers many major landmarks.)   The map of the Cologne Christmas markets is at the bottom.

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