Month: December 2016

3 Day Family Itinerary – El Nido, Palawan

Day 1 – Boxing day.  We decided to go on a family outing to El Nido with my sister, brother-in-law and my mom as well as my older brother’s family.  We were in total 7 adults and 4 children. We hired a van and took the 6-hour drive to the town of El Nido from

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Berlin highlights

Summer of 2015.  We travelled by train (about 6 hours from Groningen) to Berlin.  It was middle of summer and Berlin was pleasantly warmer than Groningen – perfect weather for exploring the city.  Our first stop, the Berlin wall – and the sad message written on a surviving section of the wall.  When the wall

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Weekend walks in Groningen and beyond

A formula for a nice weekend walk for us is to have something for everyone. This means nature for Joel, a cafe for me and a playground/animals/wild flowers or activities for the kids.  I’ve listed a few routes and places here in the Netherlands mostly in the Groningen/Drenthe provinces that we as a family enjoyed

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Innsbruck for families

Innsbruck is the charming capital of the Alps.  It has been a winter Olympic site a couple of times in the past and is a popular winter holiday destination.  We visited autumn of 2013, supposedly off-peak season for holiday-makers but the city is still bustling with tourists.  One can easily see why.  The city is

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Being koselig in Holland

Today, we woke up to below zero degree, frost on the ground, fog hanging overhead and frozen canals.  It’s now officially winter in Groningen. It was freezing.  We went for a walk along the canals in Hoornsemeer, some people went cycling and a bird was trying to cross the road.  Poor bird. Times like this,

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Dutch trivia: Did you know…

1….that there is a pyramid in the Netherlands? The Pyramid of Austerlitz in the province of Utrecht was built by Napoleon’s soldiers under the command of a French general Auguste de Marmont.  Marmont was inspired by the pyramid of Giza that he had seen while on assignment in Egypt. He had his soldiers build the

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The Wadden Sea – A wildlife sanctuary and more

The Wadden Sea is an area off the northern coast of Holland extending towards Germany and Denmark.  It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a wildlife sanctuary and a bird watcher’s paradise.  Every year, millions of migratory birds make use of this area. A few years back, we had a chance

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