Cold and Wet Amsterdam.I was in Amsterdam in April with the rain that would bring the tulips and other bulb plants to this hub of the floral trade. Fortunately, my plan was to see the newly renovated Rijksmuseum and as many as possible of the smaller museums that I had never had time to visit much less explore. Rain kept me on course except for one day when sun had me making a beeline the glorious Keukenhof Gardens.
|Pannier supreme at the Rijksmuseum.|
The Rijks is better than ever, with a well-lit spacious atrium lobby and more spacious exhibition spaces
|Vermeers are wonderful but don't miss other collections at the Rijksmuseum.|
|Amterdam's canal houses are fascinating.|
The best way to do both: go to the Museum of Bags and Purses and the Van Loon Museum.
As you walk through the purse museum you see not only the trends and art of superbly decorated bags from the 16th century to present day designer beauties, but two period rooms where visitors can enjoy lunch and high tea.
The Van Loon Museum
The Van Loon Museum is authentic and period throughout, from front entrance to gardens and carriage house in the rear. The van Loon family were among the founders of the Dutch East India Company and prominent members of the highest Dutch society.
|Micropia showcases and explains microbes.|
|Keukenhof is unbelievably beautiful.|
|Symphony in rehearsal.|
Artists find studio and gallery room and camaraderie and everyone finds classes and workshops at Art Space, a re-purposed 1911 livery and car dealership.
|Rodins in the reflecting pool.|
|One of many delicious courses at Babylon.|
Golden Isles specials.
|Jekyll Island Club Hotel|
Kids Cooking Camp convenes June 26-29 with three days of breakfast buffet, a welcome reception, hands-on cooking classes, education in kitchen safety and food handling, chef demonstrations, a graduation dinner and two tickets to Summer Waves Waterpark and Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Cost is $999 for one child and one parent. Relax at a Yoga Retreat Weekend August 5-7 led by Savannah Yoga Center's founder Kelley Boyd, $539 single, $699 double.
Discovery Days are coming at Little Simons Island. During Shark Days, July 10-15, guests join shark researchers from the University of North Florida, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and NASA to learn about Georgia's sharks. Two spots on the special charter boat fishing trip July 14 are included in the special $1,999 inclusive package for two. Three days without the fishing trip is $1,425. Taxes and 18 percent service charge are extra.
Polar Ice, Bears and More.
Want to go where almost no one else does? Explore Franz Josef Land, an archipelago of 191 islands in the high Arctic, now the Russian Arctic National Park. Poseidon Expeditions is your only way in and space is still available aboard the Sea Spirit July 7-20 and July 30-August 12 sailings from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, starting at $7,295.
Don't forget your long johns.