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…The Oregon coast is a mere 75 miles west of our current apartment. The drive took about an hour and a half through winding mountain roads and past signs that said “Elk crossing,” “Ostrich Jerky Sold Here,” and “Warning – Entering Tsunami Zone.” Our destination was Cannon Beach…

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…After the initial wallop of shock and awe, Andrew and I bravely agreed to take the plunge. So we moved 2,800 miles away from Washington, DC—the place we called home for a decade—to Portland, Oregon. It’s either a crazy leap of faith or our grand, mid-life adventure…

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The Dutch really know how to live. Their country is the seventh happiest in the world, according to a U.N. report. They throw the world’s biggest street party each year. And they design drool-worthy items like the Bugaboo stroller which every celebrity mom owns. Dutch Design is actually a “thing.”

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Pot, hookers, bikes, canals. That’s Amsterdam in a nutshell, right? And what’s the saying about when in Rome? So yes, we stopped by a coffee shop to check out the hype (meh) and awkwardly shuffled through the De Wallen district while prostitutes…

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On a warm, sunny day halfway through our European trip, Andrew and I took two buses from Amsterdam to get to Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. The 80-acre park is only open from mid-March to mid-May…

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Antwerp is famous for diamonds, art, and more recently—thanks to the Antwerp 6—cutting-edge fashion. The medieval port city is a lot like the best style icons who mix vintage treasures with modern pieces to emerge as the arbiter of Cool (think Kate Moss)…

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….Maybe you’ve heard of the 12-panel painting called the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, better known as the Ghent Altarpiece? Perhaps you remember George Clooney in “The Monuments Men” saving it from Hitler’s clutches in an Austrian mine?…