IMG_4946

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.”

Version 2

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…

keukenhof_main photo

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…

antwerp_main image

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)…

Version 2

….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?…

Version 3

…Andrew and I recently returned from our early summer vacation. It was a glorious nine-day stretch in Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, and Amsterdam…

milk

Well, folks, it’s come down to this—a quarterly blog post. I can’t believe this is my first piece of writing in three months!… What have I been up to? Here’s a recap…