Tulips in December?
Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
11Trip End Dec 10, 2011
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Amsterdam has been on my radar as a potential travel destination
I really enjoy researching our travel destinations. Learning about the possibilities, the culture and history is the stuff that I groove on. There is so much information available on the internet, guidebooks and the TripAdvisor forum that I go into a sort of cocoon where one idea leads to another from the name of a book to a movie to watch to a question on the TripAdvisor forum and on and on! Over the years, our style of travel has morphed. Our first trips were with a copy of “Let’s Go Europe” in hand and total spontaneity in lodging & activities every day. As our careers absorbed us, the two-week vacations became more & more planned and choreographed. Over the past several years, we’ve experimented with renting a cottage in the North Carolina mountains, settling in to the location and simply exploring in a low-key manner. With our cultural tour to China earlier this year, we continued the theme of “peaceful exploration”. Much like when we go to a restaurant and view the long list of dishes on the menu and select a few, I create a “menu of possibilities” for our destination. The “menu” consists of places, activities and experiences that from our perspective will help give us a sense of place and appeal to our interests in art, music, history, culture and physical geography. It’s a very subjective menu! We try to choose one main activity for the day and then let the day evolve from there, with the list as a guidepost for ideas.
So now the questions started flowing. If not tulips in bloom, what does Amsterdam have to offer in winter? What museums? What live concerts can we go to? Are there any special events this time of year? Is there a particular day trip that is of interest? How can we get a sense of place?
"Nothing happens unless first a dream."