Author: Joop

Hello, my name is Joop and I am the creator/designer of this blog. Always looking for new adventures. I travelled the World and would like to travel some more. Well, that's who I am in a nutshell. Together with some friends and family we like to show the Netherlands to the World. I hope you will enjoy our blog and persuade you to visit our lovely country. Love to see you soon in Holland.

Dutch flower bulb fields near The “Keukenhof” The Keukenhof attracts a huge international crowd today. It is Mid-April. I meet Chinese, Spanish, German, and American folks. The atmosphere is relaxed as we enter the tulip garden of Amsterdam. This garden is the world’s second-largest flower garden after Dubai’s Miracle Garden.…

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The Netherlands are a Kingdom so let me introduce you to the Dutch Royal Family. The full name of the Dutch King is His Majesty Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand, King of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Esquire of Amsberg Born in Utrecht, April 27, 1967. Since April 30, 2013 King of…

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King’s Day 2022 Maastricht After 2 years of non-celebrations, King’s Day 2022 will be celebrated again. This King’s Day will be a day of connectedness – a celebration we’ve been looking forward to like never before. On Wednesday 27 April 2022, the Royal Family will celebrate King’s Day in Maastricht.…

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Military History of Holland Some say war is a necessary evil. There are many sides to the history of war. The Dutch National Military Museum (NMM) presents mainly a technical collection of items that illustrate warfare through the ages. Fighter planes, artillery, missiles, and guns offer a spectacular insight into…

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China Lights festival, Utrecht The Chinese Light festival is regularly organized in the Netherlands. This year, in 2022, you can admire this great light festival in Emmen and Ouwehands Zoo. Hopefully, it will be organized again somewhere in our country later this year. Some years ago there was and light-…

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Straight, gay, bi, lesbian, queer, pansexual, transsexual or asexual? You Must See the Gay Pride Event. This event is usually on the last weekend in July or the first weekend in August. The Gay Pride Amsterdam is a big feast to enjoy by everyone, regardless your sexual preference. But let…

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There are many different kinds of cheese in Holland. Alkmaar – 40 km north of Amsterdam –  is known for Beemster Cheese and Edam Cheese. Since the year 1365, there is a  Cheese Market in Alkmaar. Since these days the town disposes of officially approved scales. The present market celebrates its history with…

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Citytrip Arnhem There is more to Holland than Amsterdam. The Dutch Capital gets overloaded with tourists and believe me it is worthwhile to visit cities in the vicinity. Take a chance and jump on a train from Amsterdam to Arnhem. You will be there in an hour. The city is located…

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If you like flea markets do not miss this one in Amsterdam.  I checked it out and it is great. Moreover, I found a Flea Market Calendar for you with all the flea markets in Holland. The market in IJ-Hallen at NDSM is once a month and lasts a whole weekend. It is easy…

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The Rotterdam food market is modern architecture at its finest. A cathedral enhancing the worship of food? It’s certainly beautiful and grand but it can’t be compared to the Sistine Chapel, however, what can? The Market Hall is Guardian newspaper’s number 1 in the top ten of finest food markets.…

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Planetarium, Franeker About 125 km north of Amsterdam you’ll find Franeker. A small historical city in the province of Friesland. This city has a very nice little science museum: The Planetarium from Eise Eisinga. The Planetarium is the oldest working planetarium in the world and it still runs on time.…

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A Utrecht tale of light Trajectum Lumen is an evening walk through the historic Centre of Utrecht. You will see several objects that are artistically lightened. Within Trajectum Lumen there are 25 artworks of light from domestic and foreign artists en students from de HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.…

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Your visit to National Park The Marker Wadden starts in the ports of, Lelystad, Monnickendam or Hoorn. You embark on a luxury charter or on a simple ferry which brings you on a day trip from Lelystad to the newly created islands in the lake called Markermeer. On the Marker Wadden, you can go…

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