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Dining for the Spoiled Rotten or Those Who Long To Be

Dessert, Vantage, River Voyager

Welcome to the 398th Tablescape Thursday! One of my favorite parts of going on vacation is not having to worry about meals. I never had the opportunity to learn to cook when I was growing up, so the little I know (and trust me, it's just a little) I learned on my own once I was married. I love preparing food for special occasions, dinner parties and holidays but the rest of the time I'm definitely a lazy cook. It was awesome not having to … [Continue Reading...]

Take A Tour of a Historic Dutch Home on the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen

Zuiderzee Museum Village, Enkhuizen, Holland, Netherlands 01_wm

Please note: If you see any political ads running anywhere on the blog, please ignore them. All political ads are supposed to be blocked, but a few are somehow getting through the filters. I have someone working on it, so hopefully they will get them stopped soon. Yesterday we visited the pharmacy in the Zuiderzee Village Museum in Enkhuizen. Today I'm taking you further into this fishing village and we're going to tour a real home just as it … [Continue Reading...]

Whimsical & Just a Little Weird: The Strangest Thing I Saw in Holland

Gapers, Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen, Holland_wm

Whew, yesterday was a long day. It's pretty much a full-day endeavor getting back home from Europe. Thankfully the plane ride was a direct flight. Funny thing on the plane, my seat mate was a guy who was a dead ringer for Scott Kelly, the astronaut who just spent a full year in space on the International Space Station. If he hadn't had an accent (I think it was Dutch) I definitely would have believed it to be him! I've spent the majority of … [Continue Reading...]

Jazz Music Design & Decor for the Jazz Fan

Music-Jazz Themed Carpet, Vantage River Voyager

Welcome to the 379th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I traveled to Holland and Belgium aboard Vantage Deluxe World Travel's brand new ship, the River Voyager. The River Voyager is only about a month old and it's a beautiful ship.   The designers chose a "jazz" theme for the ship and as soon as you walk down the hallway to your room, you get a taste of the playful, fun jazz decor.   Last Thursday I shared a couple … [Continue Reading...]

Join Me for the Captain’s Gala Dinner Aboard the River Voyager

Dessert, Captain's Gala

Welcome to the 397th Tablescape Thursday! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm taking you with me to the Captain's Gala Dinner on board our ship, the River Voyager. The tables are set beautifully with a single tulip for our centerpiece.   Our lunches and dinners have all been five and six course meals and truly wonderful! Unfortunately, the Captain couldn't attend the gala this evening. We were to be entering rough seas that … [Continue Reading...]

A Canal Ride in Bruges, Belgium

Canal Ride Through Bruges

Take a little ride with me through one of the many canals in Bruges, Belgium. Click on the photo below to ride, or click here: A Canal Ride in Brudges, Belgium.   … [Continue Reading...]

Ferris Wheels and Windmills, A Visit to Amsterdam and Kinderdijk

Ferris Wheel in Front of The Royal Palace, Amsterdam

Welcome to the 378th Metamorphosis Monday! Early Saturday morning, as I was flying into Amsterdam, I looked out the window of the plane and did a double take. Do you see them down there?   Lots and lots of windmills, smack dab in the middle of the ocean. How is that even possible, windmills in the middle of the ocean? I thought I'd see windmills on this trip, just had no idea I'd see before I got anywhere near … [Continue Reading...]

Fruit Infusion Pitcher, Love This Thing!

BPA Free Infusion Pitcher

Pssst: Little Reminder, I'll be posting photos periodically each day on Instagram while I'm in Holland and Belgium. If you would like to follow along on this adventure, be sure to follow me on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram.  Instagram is the easiest way for me to share something with you in real time. :) Recently while shopping in Marshalls, I came across an Infusion Pitcher. Have you seen these? It came with three … [Continue Reading...]

8 Table Setting Ideas for Mother’s Day

Delphinium for a Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 396th Tablescape Thursday! Mother's Day is just a few weeks away! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing eight spring tables I've put together over the years that would easily work for a Mother's Day celebration, too. Happy Spring! Click on the titles of each tablescape to view that tablescape in full. Daisy Centerpiece with Bunnies for Mother's Day   Mother's Day Setting with Delphinum Floral … [Continue Reading...]

Packing for The Netherlands & Going With a Go-Pro

Packing for a Vacation in the Netherlands

Packing is definitely my least favorite thing about travel. It feels a bit overwhelming, trying to decide what to take to a far-a-way place you've never been, especially when the trip is occurring during the changing of the seasons. Per The Weather Chanel, the weather is going to be quite chilly during the time I'm away. I'm leaving sunny weather that's in 70's for a place where the high each day is in the low 50's. Those tulips better be … [Continue Reading...]

Vintage Style Bins for Napkin Ring Storage Ideas

Storage Bins for Small Items, Organization

Welcome to the 377th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your awesome suggestions and comments on Saturday's post about my upcoming trip to Holland and Belgium! I'm so looking forward to sharing those places with you. I'll be posting throughout the trip, I've heard they have good wifi on board so keeping my fingers crossed it will be able to handle uploading photos. Be sure and follow Between Naps on the Porch on Instagram … [Continue Reading...]

Last Minute Travel and An Amazing Deal!

Tulip in Bloom in Holland and Belgium, Travel

One of my favorite things to do these days is to check out travel tour websites and dream. It's almost as fun as the travel itself. Almost. Recently while stalking Vantage Deluxe World Travel, I came across a deal I couldn't believe. The trip is called: Springtime in Holland & Belgium: Tulips, Windmills & Canals. It's for a river cruise through Holland and Belgium. I'll be blogging throughout the trip just as I did last fall when I … [Continue Reading...]