Love locks in Paris

Love locks are appearing on bridges all over the world.  We found these in Paris and Amsterdam.  A romantic gesture made by couples who want their love to be locked together forever. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography

Patisseries and Chocolatiers of Amsterdam

I was holding out for the best pastries, and when I got to Holtkamp I stopped looking.  I got sucked in the door by the meringues in the window, but it was the cakes that were really incredible.

Mermaid jewelry

We discovered an incredible artist – Faktor Inc.- in the art market of Amsterdam who was making jewelry that she called “mermaid jewelry”, and I can certainly imagine a mermaid wearing it.

Touring the Markets and Canals of Amsterdam

Traveling by boat was the perfect way to get see Amsterdam, since there are so many canals.  Later, we discovered new things in the market, like stroopwafel and halva, and lots and lots of cheese.

Amsterdam wedding

With so many canals in Amsterdam, some couples arrive by boat to their wedding.  There may be a party on the boat before the reception.  Dutch law only acknowledges civil marriages, which are performed by a registrar of marriages, so the civil ceremony takes place before the religious ceremony, sometimes at the same location.

Wedding Cake Toppers in Amsterdam

These wedding cake toppers are so unique.  They are made by hand by Peter en Jeannette in Amsterdam.  Some are for gay couples, some for a reluctant groom, and there is one of a pregnant bride that Jeannette had just finished that morning. (


It was a little tricky traveling after the Viking boat crashed and we were left in Strasbourg, but we finally arrived in Amsterdam (a couple of days early).