Netherlands

Modern Times Rijksmuseum

WHAT’S INSIDE THE RIJKSMUSEUM

Another day, another museum to gush about.  The Rijksmuseum or (National Museum) in Amsterdam has a great selection of art. But the layout of the museum isn’t great.  We seemed to spend a lot more time than is normally required checking our map, walking up and down stairs (or waiting…

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Lelystad Sunset

ON BOARD THE BATAVIA

I bloody love pirates. Actually let’s look at that statement in a little more detail.  It’s more that I love the idea of pirates. I in fact would be a terrible pirate.  I hate violence, I don’t know how to  sail (which is inconvenient as I can’t swim either), I hate…

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Slot Zeist

VIEWING ART AT SLOT ZEIST

I saw pictures of Slot Zeist online and really wanted to go and explore it for myself.  Philip and I headed over there back in December and after we spent an hour walking around, we discovered that the actual old bit that we had come to see was closed.  My…

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Moses Bridge Cannon

THE DAY I NEARLY WALKED ON WATER

Hello from England (again!), this is a really short notice and super quick visit to see my nephew!  I was going to do a big build up ready for his birth… he was due on 2nd May, but the little dude was not waiting that long and instead was born…

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Euromast Rotterdam

112M ABOVE ROTTERDAM ON THE EUROMAST

About a gazillion years ago now, Phil and I took Becky and Wil, who are two of our most favourite people in the whole world to visit the EuroMast in Rotterdam. For some reason we thought that the 180 metre high viewing platform was indoors, so didn’t give any thought…

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POLDERS OF WESTKAPELLE

I can’t remember quite how Phil and I got onto the subject of polders, but after a while I had to admit that I didn’t have a clue what a polder was. So, I googled it and this is what I found out from Wikipedia… A polder is a piece…

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THE ‘ISLAND’ OF MARKEN

The Island of Marken isn’t an island at all, as it has been connected to the mainland by a peninsula since the 1950’s, but it is paired with Volendam by a water taxi service, which we decided to try out while on our trip to Volendam. After walking through the…

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THE CHARMING HARBOUR OF VOLENDAM

Part of the joy of travel is not always knowing what lies at the end of the journey, and whether it’s going to be a pleasant surprise or one of those trips that you file under ‘won’t be going back there soon’. The Netherlands, as you’ve probably seen from the…

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DISCOVERING DELFT

After a morning of tedious chores we needed to head out and explore. By the time we’d got ourselves together, it was getting late so we did a little ‘cherry picking’ from our Bowl of Destiny and headed over to Delft. The Netherlands is always is a delight to drive…

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EATING AND SLEEPING ON AMELAND

We’d made it over the mudflats and North Sea on the ferry, and stood in the terminal on Ameland itself.  Not a lot to see, the shoreline stretched away in both directions and over a rise in the land, so most of the scenery was gently lapping water or rolling…

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BEACHED IN AMELAND

As we’ve been on a lot of city trips lately (Prague, Basel, Luxembourg), we wanted to change it up and feel the wind in our hair and the sand between our toes.  Ameland looked like a great place for that. If you don’t know where it is (and I didn’t until I…

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SMELLING THE ROSES AT KEUKENHOF

I took so many pictures whilst I was at Keukenhof, when it came to selecting the ones that made it into this post, I didn’t really know where to start. Keukenhof is a park of over 32 hectares in Lisse, The Netherlands.  Each year they plant 7 million bulbs and…

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SCHEVENINGEN PIER, THE HAGUE

The Hague gets me very excited.  Not so much the place itself; although it is lovely, I think it’s more the name. It’s THE HAGUE. Almost everyone will have heard of it, even though they probably don’t know exactly why. We decided that we would take advantage of the beautiful…

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