Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon

It was really a thrill to return to England this summer and spend some time exploring areas outside of London. I had not planned to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, but when a friend offered to let me stay with her family for a couple of nights there, I didn’t hesitate. They live close enough to the city […]

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Canal Tour, Dam Square and Rembrandtplein

I arrived at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station via a Thalys train from Brussels. I had purchased the tickets months in advance through Rail Europe. (I decided to spend a bit more and bought First Class tickets just to have the experience. My opinion is that it was worth it.) I had rented a really nice apartment […]

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