Archive for June, 2009

Tourist and Travel Information on the Netherlands

Nestled between Belgium and Germany on the cold North Sea is the country of The Netherlands. Natives call it Nederland, but the country is also widely known as Holland. Lensmaster Spirituality lives in the Netherlands and has some inside information for anyone who is traveling to the country. In fact, she’s created an entire group dedicated to all things Holland, which features her Lens of the Day recipient, Little Known Facts About the Netherlands.

Windmill, Schermerhorn, Netherlands
Windmill, Schermerhorn, Netherlands
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On the group page, you can find out more information on various activities and attractions within the country, like Keukenhof Gardens, Leiden University, and some famous Dutch people which you’ll surely recognize (Do Vincent Van Gogh and Anne Frank ring a bell?).

Starry Night over the Rhone, c.1888
Starry Night over the Rhone, c.1888 Poster

The biggest tourist destination in all of the Netherlands would be Amsterdam, which the Netherlands group also has covered. The Top Ten Things to Do in Amsterdam lens is beautifully illustrated with photos of the canals, museums and famous windmills, while providing information and opinion on places like the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, the Floating Flower Garden, and of course, the notorious anything-goes Red Light District (which is just a small part of Amsterdam).

Other European destinations from the ExSquidtion Travel Journal:
* Paris
* London
* County Cork, Ireland
* Bournemouth, England

June 28, 2009 at 7:43 pm 2 comments

Touring the Tall Ships

The Tall Ships are a welcome throwback to the history of sailing. Something about the Tall Ships just looks right on the open ocean, especially in comparison to the modern speedboats and giant ocean barges you’ll often see. The Tall Ships are works of art, entrenched into our history in many important ways. Some of the most famous naval wars and discoveries were on board tall ships, from Columbus’ famous voyage, to the Revolutionary War in the United States.

tall ships tour
Tall Ship coming into Morro Bay, California during strong winds. Photo by Mike Baird on flickr licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

These ships are always on the move, docking in various cities across the world as lensmaster Mac33 points out on the “Tour a Tall Ship” lens. On the lens, you’ll find various resources to find where ships are currently in the world via a live map, as well as links to some of the famous ships worldwide that you can tour.

Here are some other seaside destinations this blog has reviewed that have been known to have some tall ships visit now and again:

June 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm 2 comments

A Vacation to Hawaii, from a Kid’s Perspective

Sure, kids all love Disney World and Disneyland, but what about those other spots the grown ups might like to visit? Is Hawaii to grown up for them? Will the kids love Hawaii or hate it?

Photo by NJScottAway on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

Lensmaster Treasures by Brenda has let the kids take the reigns on her Squidoo lens, Hawaii for Kids, by a Kid. Written from a 4th grader’s perspective, the lens also has photos and real thoughts of what this child thought of the vacation to Hawaii.  Before you dive in and invest money into your own vacation, give it a read! It will give you some great insight on how your kid might look back on the trip (and this kid loved it!).

Brenda has also written a tourist’s guide to the best souvenirs that can be found in Hawaii, a top ten list of items that you might find on the island from the traditional Hawaiian shirt and lei to cookbooks and photo albums. Which souvenir does she recommend the most? It’s one that’s stood the test of time, but you’ll have to visit the lens to see what that might be.

You might also like Kona Girl’s lens on the Big Island of Hawaii, home of the most active volcanoes in the world.

June 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm 1 comment

Road Trips Across the United States: A New Blog

I love to travel, especially by car, so it was only a matter of time before I started up another blog on road trips. The Road Trips Across the 50 States of America blog will feature some of the great sightseeing destinations across the United States, all of which are accessible via the good old automobile. Over the past month, 30 of the best National Parks, The Grand Circle of the southwest, and some road trip preparation tips have been given as a little teaser of some of the things to come on this blog.


Road trip everywhere in the U.S.!
Photo by Caveman 92223 on flickr under Creative Commons 2.0

So what’s coming up in the next month? Here’s a sneak preview:

  • Palm Springs
  • The Everglades
  • A road trip to Rhode Island
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Boston

Back here on the ExSquidition Travel Journal, next up will be a lens on Hawaii.. from a kid’s point of view. That’s all I’m saying right now, but expect to see it soon!

June 7, 2009 at 2:39 am Leave a comment

The Top Things to Do in Paris

The Eiffel Tower, photo by Al Ianni under Creative Commons.

The Eiffel Tower, photo by Al Ianni under Creative Commons.


It’s hard to find a good one page review of some place as complex that has such a rich history as Paris, France. Lensmaster Janices7 has pulled it off with her lens The Top Ten Things to do in Paris France. I’ve never been to Paris, but after reading Janice’s post, I feel like I’ve been there.

The lens is beautifully illustrated and gives some insider tips on when to see the top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and The Louvre. I’ll give you a hint: go early, late, and avoid the weekends.

The Louvre at night. Photo by Zigar on Flickr under Creative Commons.

The Louvre at night. Photo by Zigar on Flickr under Creative Commons.

Of course, the lens covers the traditional tourist activities that you would expect (like the Eiffel Tower), but also the equally impressive Musee d’Orsay, Les Invalides (Napoleon’s Tomb), and suggested bus tours and river cruises.

Also check out Janice’s lens on Chateaux Loire Valley France, a guide to the region’s wine, village and landscapes.

June 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment


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