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Viking River Grand European Tour Carries On An Age-Old Tradition

The English historian, Edward Gibbon, once remarked that, “According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman.” Gibbon might well be considered an authority on the issue. In 1763, he embarked on a tour of continental Europe. A year later, while sitting amid…

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PHOTO: Windmill in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

Click on above photo to view it in large format: This authentic windmill in Kinderdijk is one of 19 and part of the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, built in 1740 to keep lowlands from flooding. Today the entire site is UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-known…

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PHOTO: Noordeinde Palace at The Hague

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Originally a medieval farmhouse, today’s Noordeinde Palace at The Hague is one of three palaces used by the Dutch monarchy. Since it is located in the official seat of government for The Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander uses it as his working palace.

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PHOTO: The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built in the 17th century, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is one of three palaces used by the Dutch monarchy.

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PHOTO: KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Click on above photo to view it in large format: KAWS cartoon character sculpture in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam presents an interesting juxtaposition for a museum that focuses on old masters

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Amsterdam – 881,000 Bicycles and Counting

Not two minutes after I stepped off the bus from the airport, my girlfriend yanked me back up onto a curb. Before I had time to be startled, a bike whizzed past in a blur, missing me by less than an inch. “You have to be careful of the bicycles in Amsterdam. We…

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