Tankenburg, The Netherlands

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Lunchtime view from the patio of Landgoed de Wilmersberg over the Twente landscape

This weekend a near hurricane has descended on the Netherlands with inches of sideways rain. As I write this my little potted plant from Albert Hein has just blown off the windowsill, and the wind is howling. Needless to say we did not get out for a Sunday bike or hike. Instead, we watched a lot of “Black Sails” and planned our own sailing adventure around the Caribbean this summer though Read More »

Lente

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Spring (lente) has arrived in the Netherlands. Though not the spring of our friends in Atlanta whose legs are already peeking out under skirts and shorts into weather in the mid-70s or of our friends and family in the Northeast who only now are beginning to thaw. Rather, here, the daylight hours have already drastically increased – the time change much more  prominent at these higher latitudes – and the sun has begun to shine once again. At 60 degrees (*F) we throw off our winter woolens, allowing the Dutch sun to touch our skin for the first time for nearly half a year. In the park near our home spring flowers have begun to peek up through the earth, seeking the sunlight, and, before long, the wild rabbits will appear again at dusk.

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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 »

Kermis, The Netherlands

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Despite the locals’ attempts to assure me of the contrary, autumn is well underway here in the Netherlands. The fall has seen us snuggle in and begin to get more rest, nearly unheard of after the pace we have managed since last spring. Part of this is due the total lack of blue sky; though the day may be warm-ish, the sky and sun never quite seem to poke through, with the sky continuously covered in grey clouds. As I look outside, though the day looks like any other with a normal amount of light, above us is only a cover of white.Read More »