Category: Netherlands

Road trip for Kinderen – from Kinderdijk to Bruges

May holiday is coming up!  May holiday is unique in the Netherlands and for us, it is extra special because we celebrate Julia’s birthday in May.  Looking back, in 2015, we took the kids on a road trip to the South of Holland and to Belgium.  Our first stop was Kinderdijk which literally means Children’s

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Tulips from Flevoland

It’s nearly spring! The crocuses have woken up – splashing violets, whites and the occasional yellows here and there.  In a few weeks, the west of the Netherlands will be in full bloom.  It is not one of the ’50 Drives of a Lifetime’ per Nat Geo’s recommendation for nothing. One of the highlights in

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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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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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Which Dutch city is for you?

ROTTERDAM If you are into food halls like me then you should head to Rotterdam where you can find the mother of all food halls.  It is huge and features fresh, modern architecture – a recurring theme in Rotterdam (see the unique, cube houses near the Blaak station).  The modern architecture differentiates Rotterdam from the

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May Holiday at the Hoge Veluwe

In Netherlands, children get a week-long school break during the month of May.  This is apart from the Easter holidays and unique? to The Netherlands (at least there is no May holiday in Norway for instance).  This year, we decided to explore the central part of Holland in the Gelderland-Veluwe area.  We heard in the

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