Utrecht, The Netherlands

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I have a confession. I’m not sure I get the whole “music thing.” You know, those people who proclaim that music is their lives; that they cannot study without music in the background. Those people that have stood in line to buy a CD (or downloaded it, rather, on the date of release.) Sure, I can appreciate some types of music, and I most certainly can appreciate the talent, drive, and hard work Read More »

Buurserzand, The Netherlands

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Lately it has been all work and no play, so much so that I cannot recall the last time I went to bed before 5 a.m. only to wake, groggily, as the Frenchman leaves in the morning and then reawaken a few hours after that to boil a cup of water for tea, sit back down at the computer, and start back to work. (Of course, I should not complain as having so much work after going into solo practice only a little more than a year ago is truly a blessing.) Read More »

Wild Mushrooms, The Netherlands

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Confession: I spend a lot of time reading and drooling over food and travel blogs while preparing our menu for the week. Sometimes, doing so makes me a bit nostalgic for the comfy life we led in the States with a house and possessions and an oven. This feeling is strongest in the fall and winter, the nesting months, when people are spray-painting pumpkins, decorating their mantels, and baking apple pies so delicious looking I can smell them if only I close my eyes. Read More »

Synagogue, The Netherlands

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At 10th place in the top 53 things to see in Enschede is the Enschede Synagogue, which has supposedly earned the title of “The most beautiful synagogue in Western Europe.”

The synagogue is located but a block from us, so we thought it a great place to visit when we got a late start on the Netherlands’ cultural days last month. Similar to the <<Journées du patrimoine>> that we  enjoyed last year while living in Montpellier, France, the “Open Monumentendag” is a day when otherwise closed or otherwise paid monuments and historical sites are open and free of charge. Read More »