For years I resisted going to Paris for a very silly reason. Everyone told me how wonderful it was – magical, superb and nearly as essential as Italy. But I … Read more . . .
We only stayed one day, coming by train in the early morning then back across the Maas after dark. Dordrecht, historic port south of Rotterdam on the way to Belgium. … Read more . . .
A thin smudge of trees along a flat horizon frames bright green polders, beneath grey tumbling clouds in a misty sky. Welcome to Alphen aan den Rijn, a nondescript village … Read more . . .
We lived in Leiden for a year and began to understand a little of the history of that non-conformist city. Historically a site of tolerance and diversity, from whence the “Founding … Read more . . .