As always when traveling, you take a lot of photos. Here are some additional images that didn’t make it into the feature "The Heart of Holland and Belgium."
▲ Floating greenhouses comprising Amsterdam’s Blumenmarkt and bicycles line the Singel canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Kim Burnette.
▲ Historic tea houses — garden rooms built for women to enjoy tea and socialize — were built behind stately homes, along a canal in Edam. Photo by Kristen K. Tucker.
▲ Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands, welcomes visitors with a fountain that is described as looking like a dandelion gone to seed. Evansville residents will notice similarities to the University of Evansville’s “Weeping Basketball” Memorial Plaza fountain. Photo by Kristen K. Tucker.
▲ In Edam, North Holland, Netherlands, European linden trees are pruned or pollarded according to tradition. Photo by Kim Burnette.
▲ Manneken Pis is a famous Brussels landmark — a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. It dates to 1619. The statue is dressed in costume several times each week, according to a published schedule which is posted on the railings around the fountain. Photo by Kim Burnette.
▲ At port, standing on a dike, tour guide Sabine, an Amsterdammer who spoke six languages, addresses passengers of the Amadeus Elegant with a Quietvox audio system. Photo by Kristen K. Tucker.
▲ The 267 miles via Thalys high speed-train between Amsterdam and Paris flew by while I dined on salmon and drank Hoegaarden. The train trip takes four hours. Photo by Kristen K. Tucker.
▲ The Grande Place, or Grote Markt, in Brussels is crowned by the Town Hall 1402 to 1420. Photo by Kim Burnette.