It was a housesit that finally brought us to the Netherlands – a country we had both wanted to visit, but for one reason or another always got scratched from our itinerary. Our 2-month housesit was in the eastern part of the country, so we arrived early to spend a day in Amsterdam. The city is both historic and progressive with its classic canals, gabled houses, cannabis coffeeshops and neon-glowing Red Light District.
The house (and dog) we were housesitting was on the outskirts of the city of Nijmegen in a small village, Beek, which is practically on the border with Germany. As it was Christmastime, we were able to visit several Christmas markets in the region.
We again made our way to Holland for an Amsterdam to Budapest cruise and stayed in the beautiful town of Haarlem before sailing away. Most recently, it was another housesit for the holidays the brought us back to Amsterdam, and we discovered more of the lovely neighborhoods beyond the touristic center.