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River Cruises– Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Four

A week of river cruises aboard AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, Paul and Elizabeth continue their journeythrough the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best.

It’s a chance to experience a river cruise  and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk. The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre.

Today, the ship stops in Rotterdam, where Paul and Elizabeth take the excursion to The Hague. Here, they visit the Mauritshuis, a former mansion that today houses some stellar paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens. They also stop at the city’s legendary cafe Dudok, where they indulge in the best apple cake yet, served with cinnamon ice cream and a bowl of whipped cream.

 

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Emily Gallagher Reveals Why Hostelling International Is Enriching Travel

Emily Gallagher talks with Paul about how Hostelling International is changing with the enlarged expectations of young travelers today. However she also stress that all age groups use hostels in order to not only experience the comraderie of other travelers that hostels pride but to stretch travel dollars. She also shares with Paul that hostels are also accomodating those who want more privacy with hotel-style rooms. She provides some great advice for those  wanting to find good reliable hostels around the world.