Always take the time to stop and see the beautiful flowers in each place you visit. Depending on the season, it can be the best show in town. For an example, when I was in Amsterdam in Spring, Keukenhof Gardens was in full bloom with Spring flowers. I don’t think I have seen that many flowers all in one place! It is really hard to beat Spring.
And then there is Cameron Highlands in Malaysia where it is “eternal spring” in the mountains. A site to behold. Of course don’t forget the English Cottage Gardens, in Great Britain. The English Garden with the natural look, filled with flowers and herbaceous borders will make you come back again and again to England. And here in the USA, we have some of our own gardens to visit such as the Biltmore Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina and Old West Bury Gardens in New York.
It is hard to beat the beauty of English Cottage Gardens. You can see beautiful roses over the stone walls and flowers along curvy pathways leading you to keep exploring. You can see many perennial flowers such as hollyhocks, hardy geraniums, buttercups, daisies, asters, delphiniums and the beautiful foxgloves. Just think of Thomas Kinkade paintings of Cotswolds Cottages. Yes, this is for real and not just in a painting. Once such place is the Hidcote Gardens in the Cotswolds (started by an American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston) and now under the care of the National Trust of United Kingdom. Why not visit a castle and the gardens at the same time like the one at Sissinghurst Castle (Kent)? If you are in the South of England, do take time to visit the Mottisfont Abbey Rose Garden in Hampshire.
There is nothing like a beautiful garden that can feed your soul and rejuvenate you on your travels. You get see the beauty of God’s creation along with human design and cultivation.
Keukenhof (kitchen garden) is such a place. The Dutch have a knack for gardening for sure. You can spend hours in this place. I used my layover at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to visit this beautiful place. It is only open during the Spring months as this is a Spring Garden. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year as the flowers bloom in the beautiful Spring Sun and cool Spring air.
Kansas City comes alive with Christmas Lights after dark. Whether you visit the Plaza or Union Station or Crown Center, Christmas lights and trees make the city a festive place to visit! Take some time and hang out in the Crown Center.
Have some hot cocoa while soaking in the lights of the season. The Ice Skating ring (Crown Center Ice Terrace) is a fun place to see all the skaters having fun on the ice.
A short walk or drive will take you to the Union Station.
The Kansas City Union Station will take you back in time. The old glorious Union Train Station all decked up with Christmas decorations and lights.
Not to mention young couples getting married under the beautiful Christmas Decor.
Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) is a good place start your trip to Europe or connect to the far corners of the earth. Flying KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from the US to Europe gives you plenty of good flight options. You get good flying times and good connections.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (merged with Air France) resulting in another major hub in Europe which is Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). Delta Airlines (merged with Northwest Airlines) partners with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to provide most of the US side of the connections to Europe. Major hubs such as Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Minneapolis-St.Paul InternationalAirport (MSP) makes connections to Europe a breeze. For an example an easy connection from Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport to either Minneapolis or Atlanta and then non-stop to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Once you get into Amsterdam, you can connect to pretty much anywhere in the world. There is even a non-stop flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL KLIA1 or KLIA2 Malaysia), which then connects you to pretty much anywhere in the Asia Pacific region.
Amsterdam Schiphol Railway Station
Amsterdam Schiphol Train Station is the place to start your train connections. You can even connect to Belgium right from Schiphol Airport Train Station.
Amsterdam Centraal Train Station Netherlands
Amsterdam is only like 20 minutes away from Schiphol Airport. Take a train to Amsterdam Centraal Train Station from which you can get on a train to pretty much anywhere in Europe.
It is amazing how many things you can carry on either in the vest of jacket from SCOTTeVEST. It is like having extra carry on bags. You can carry all your valuables by loading them in these bags. No need to take out everything every time you go through the security screening at the airports. Simply send the vest or jacket through for screening. This way you will not lose your personal valuables when you are experiencing jet lag and have to go through for security screening.
Anti-Theft SCOTTeVEST Vest for Travel
Anti-Theft SCOTTeVEST Vest for Travel
The SCOTTeVEST Jacket has many hidden pockets as well. It also will keep you warm on flight. It is comfortable to wear and looks smart.
Anti-Theft SCOTTeVEST Blue Jacket for Travel has many hidden pockets to keep your valuables safe. You can even store your tablet inside this jacket.
This is an amazing backpack that is designed with zippers on the insides. So when you carry this backpack, there are no exposed zippers on the outside that someone can easily unzip and get into your stuff (for an example in a train, elevator or subway or some other crowded place).
The zippers are hidden on the inside. There are also small hidden side pockets to keep small stuff for quick access. There is even a pocket on the harness for your train tickets etc.
Anti-Theft Travel Bobby Backpack
Nice clean look with reflector. Notice you cannot find any zippers on the outside.
Anti-Theft Travel Bobby Backpack
The bag is neatly organized with separate slots for laptop, electronics etc and also has hidden pockets. You can connect your phone to an external built-in plugin. The plugin is then wired internally so you can connect it to your battery safe inside your backpack.
The world has become a much smaller place. Most flights to the Pacific Rim are usually via the US West Coast. Of course you could fly from Chicago, USA via the North Pole over China to say Hong Kong. Do consider another way to get to the Pacific Rim via Dubai. You would have then circumvented the globe by going over Europe, Turkey, Iraq and the Persian Gulf to get to Asia or Australia. Qantas and Emirates have partnered to offer codeshare flights. Transiting via Dubai Airport to the Pacific Rim was easy. There is no need to leave the airport. Just relax and take a break and you will be on your next flight to your final destination.
Flying Emirates Airline New York (JFK), USA to Dubai (DXB), UAE and beyond
The new Dubai (DXB) Terminal 3 is a beauty. Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Flying Emirates Airlines is an experience. Food was great and the planes were new. The flight attendants were multi cultural and fluent in multiple languages. Most of them looked like models. Emirates passengers can eat at their lounges. The buffet was good and complimentary.
You will find both Western and Asian toilets at the Dubai International Airport. You can get all the modern conveniences of shopping in Dubai. This airport is like a huge mall with many places to both eat and shop. While you wait to board your next flight you will have plenty to do. You can get around the airport and everyone serving you was able to speak English.
You can also people watch. East meets West. You can hear languages from all over the world. Shops are staffed by mostly foreigners from outside of United Arab Emirates. You can find the whole world transiting through this airport. A sampling of people groups, for an example Americans, Europeans, Africans, Asians, Middle-Easterners, Central Asians, Russians, Indians, Indonesians and Australians. Watch people with different ethnic clothing headed to different destinations, for an example some dressed for pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
There are also spas, health centers, medical facilities and hotels within the airport. Dubai International Hotel is located in Terminal 3. So the airport is pretty much a “city” of its own.