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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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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An Invite to Paradise

Its nearly December, and we are counting the days for our annual Christmas homecoming.  We are fortunate to go home every year to paradise.  I am not joking.  We are from Palawan.  Yup, that island that always features in among the world’s best beaches.  It is even more special for us because we get to

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