Europe Visits

The Netherlands

Anne Frank House

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The site is the actual house where she hid from the Nazi occupation.  The walk-through tells the story, which is quite incredible.  The museum broadened its message to discuss discrimination in various forms.


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Jan Luijkenstraat 1



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Fantastic collection of Dutch Masters.  You also get a history of the Netherlands and of Amsterdam through the art.  Very close to Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh Museum
P.O. Box 75366
1070 AJ Amsterdam
T +31 (0)20 570 5200
F +31 (0)20 570 5222


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This must be the best Van Gogh collection anywhere.  What a joy to see in person pieces made famous around the world.  The museum is large and airy.  There is much more walking that you might expect.  The museum houses a great many pieces through his varied career.

European Space Agency Research and Technology Centre

Keplerlaan 1
2201 AZ Noordwijk (Süd Holland), Netherlands

+31 71 5656565


The centre is the design and assembly center for ESA spacecraft.  One can get tours through the windowed observation area for the assembly area.  The Centre also has a museum with European, Soviet and US hardware and mock-ups.


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Dublin, Ireland

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Dublin, Ireland


The Dublin city centre is the location of many interesting monuments and structures.  Of particular interest is St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The building itself is interesting, but as is the case with most European cathedrals, the ornamentation and plaques inside tell many stories.  St. Patrick’s includes a memorial to Boy Scouts who were killed in “The Great War”.  This one touched our hearts.


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National Museum of Flight

East Fortune Airfield
East Lothian, EH39 5LF

Tel: 0131 247 4238



The museum houses many aircraft of importance, not the least of which is a Concorde supersonic transport  The museum is located on the grounds of a World War 2-era airbase, and preserves some of the facilities, though they are not a major aspect of the museum.


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Edinburgh Castle

Castle Hill

The Royal Mile



A must-see stop for its dominance of the region, but up close, one can see the technology embedded in its construction.  It is a prime example of medieval defense technology.


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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street

Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

0131 247 4422


The museum has a wonderful exhibit on science and technology, including Dolly, the cloned sheep.  We particularly liked the collection of antique scientific instruments.  These were from the heyday of Brass and Rosewood.  The photo is an enormous mechanical orrey, modeling the movements of the planets of the solar system,.


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The Palace at Holyroodhouse



Here you can see how royalty lives.  It is opulent, but not as cozy as one might think.  A walk from the front door to at TV room might be longer than your walk to the drugstore.  The palace tour includes bits of history and royal intrigue, unfolded from room to room.


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Royal Botanic Garden



This is an impressive garden.  Perhaps the most impressive are the palm trees housed in a huge greenhouse.


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Real Mary Kings Close

2 Warriston’s Close

High Street

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This is a walk-through of the underground old, old city of Edinburgh.  It is interesting for historical background.

Loch Ness 3D Experience


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If you can’t get all the way out to Loch Ness, you can see the 3D movie and get the tourist version of what’s out there.  Of course, it is credulous.  Otherwise, the movie would be ten seconds with Sean Connery intoning “There is no monster in Loch Ness.”

Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Dock


When not required elsewhere, the Britannia is on display here.  The tour includes a description of the operations of the vessel, including


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