The Netherlands

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Think of this small, flat country on the northeastern coast of mainland Europe and you’re apt to think of traditional canal houses, old windmills, and paintings by such masters as Vermeer and Van Gogh. During our visit in 2015, we enjoyed all of those historical things. But we also got a taste of contemporary life in the Netherlands’ second-largest city, Rotterdam, with its culturally diverse population and fun modern architecture.

When we visited

August 2015

Major stops

Amsterdam, Edam, Rotterdam, Kinderdijk

Memorable Moment

Stumbling on an amazing exhibition of works by French modern artist Henri Matisse in middle of our immersion in Dutch art in Amsterdam

Did you know?

The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, back in 2001.

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