Today, we found Hoorn just as welcoming; where else can you learn to eat herring like a Dutchman – from the former town mayor?
Or be welcomed into a home near a cannonball-deflecting defense tower?
And Veronica nearly lost her hand at the infamous Roode Steen… CONTINUE READING >>
We explored the dark and Nazi side of Nuremberg but, thankfully, discovered ourselves charmed by her light side first.
To understand why the city was so significant in recent history, we had to travel back centuries earlier to learn about Nuremberg’s place as one of the Holy Roman Empire’s most important cities… CONTINUE READING >>
And no one does Spring like Holland. Join your GypsyNesters in a romp through the largest garden in Europe – the Keukenhof Garden.
What started out as a kitchen garden sporting herbs and veggies had morphed into over six million bulbs exploding into a glorious riot.
And it’s only open for visitors eight weeks out of the year… CONTINUE READING >>
How could we possibly not love this place?
We jumped right in… CONTINUE READING >>
Join us in the land of severed hands, giants, odd stone lions, and incredible beer… CONTINUE READING >>
Rather than dumping travelers into the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica offered a better solution – a pleasure pier.
Chase us around a place full of Americana kitsch at its finest, California style… CONTINUE READING >>
But we made the most of this fair city – we learned how to pour a perfect pint at the Guinness Academy, stormed her castle, ate native food, made a daring escape, and took a peek at Molly Malone (where exactly was David looking?)… CONTINUE READING >>
As kids, we learned from the authoritative source of Lucky Charms commercials just how mischievous they could be.
We’d spent hours dreaming about how we’d spend that pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow – should we be lucky enough to find it.
Turns out that we knew next to nothing… CONTINUE READING >>
Shiny and adorned in black and green art deco (including the toilets and urinals) this luxurious loo boasts a shoeshine station and a vintage phone that calls up the front desk – just in case… CONTINUE READING >>
Join your GypsyNesters as we tour this rich-with-unusual-history town on Norway’s harbor.
AND enter Bryggen – a city within the city… CONTINUE READING >>
Traipse along with your GypsyNesters as we scour the Louvre for the strangest masterpieces we could find…. CONTINUE READING >>
I have a confession to make.
About thirty years ago I was in London for several days and didn’t take the short trip outside of town to see Stonehenge.
That’s why I was so thrilled to discover an exact replica made of Styrofoam in Virginia – how could we not veer off the side of the road?.. CONTINUE READING >>
Chase us around Oslo as we visit the Nobel Peace Center, get schooled in Olympic ski jumping, have cocktails in a bar completely made of ice (including the glasses), explore Viking burial ships, have a scream with Edvard Munch and eat, ahem, rotted fish… CONTINUE READING >>
Diversity aside, we never expected to stumble upon a big dollop of Denmark right in the middle of Santa Barbara County. Eureka!, it’s Solvang.
Here’s the scoop: A few Danish teachers got sick… CONTINUE READING >>
The explosion of color on the mountainsides brings in folks from far and wide, so putting on a festival is a natural thing to do.
Visit the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, a Sheep and Wool Festival and, because it’s October, or shall we say Oktober… CONTINUE READING >>
Even if you are a New Yorker – we bet you don’t know most of these!.. CONTINUE READING >>
Newport was the epitome of this unbelievable excess, aptly dubbed Conspicuous Consumption.
In an effort to one-up each other with their “summer cottages” iconic American families of railroad, mining and steel fortunes, threw lavish parties for their pets, had notorious… CONTINUE READING >>
I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.
I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>
If there is one food that screams New York from the top of the Empire State Building, it has got to be pizza.
How did this happen? We didn’t know, but we do now!… CONTINUE READING >>
Like kids left alone who’ve formed a tree house club, the people of the Upper Peninsula have developed a domain unto themselves, even a secret language all their own.
A conversation about a moose walking through town would sound something like this:
“Just seen a snow cow at da stop-and-go light.”
“Yah, Hey… CONTINUE READING >>
In his mind, the best würst ever!
But before we dig too deep into his obsession with this supreme sausage, let’s take a look at the city from whence it came… CONTINUE READING >>
Just outside of Quito, Ecuador lies the exact midway point between the North and South poles and, being of reasonably sound minds, we had to see it.
Seriously, when do you get the chance to stand on Latitude 00° 00′ 00”?
We did some wacky things there, but only one of us got a certificate for the wackiest thing of all… CONTINUE READING >>
Florence has treasures that could take days, weeks, months, years, or perhaps a lifetime to fully explore… CONTINUE READING >>