Enjoying a Tulip-Time Cruise in The Netherlands

Kukenhof Gardens

Last spring we treated ourselves to a Tulip-Time River Cruise with AMA Waterways in the Netherlands. While I had taken a Christmas Market river cruise a few years ago with a friend, this was my husband's first river cruise. It won't be his last; we both had a wonderful time. We chose a late spring cruise so that we would be sure to see a good selection of  blooms when we went to the ... Read Full Article

Springtime in Amsterdam

A sunny spring day in Amsterdam is as good as it gets. Sunlight sparkles on the canals, cafes set up outdoor tables, flower stalls bloom with color. I could spend weeks strolling this picturesque city in the Netherlands, dodging bicyclists and admiring the architecture, but with only a few days to explore, John and I hit the highlights. A one hour boat cruise is a great introduction to the tree ... Read Full Article

Our Guide to Tipping in Europe

Traveling to Europe should be an adventure, but trying to figure out the tipping rules for each country can be a headache.  Here is our quick guide to the ins and outs of tipping in Europe. Austria At Restaurants you should round up the bill, or tip 5-10%. Tip in cash, handing the tip directly to the server, or tell the server how much the bill should be (including tip) before he or she makes ... Read Full Article