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.

Amsterdam, the city we all love The top thing to do and see in the capital city of The Netherlands is a long walk along the awesome canals of Amsterdam. Furthermore, Amsterdam has everything a big city can offer. Nearly 900,000 people of different races and cultures live on a…

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KING’S DAY 2023 IS CELEBRATED IN THE CITY OF ROTTERDAM ON 27 APRIL 2023 Kingsday You can count on Rotterdam to turn out more than great, they make a huge awesome fantastic turbo party of King’s Day 2023. The royal couple and their daughters Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane plus their…

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Oliebol, a traditional New Year’s Eve dish. On New Year’s Eve, the Dutch people eat, by tradition, a lot of Oliebollen. In the month of December, you can buy them everywhere. Oliebollen are sold in stands, bakeries, and supermarkets or you can make them at home. An Oliebol has the…

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Planetarium, Franeker Franeker is a small historical city in the north of the province of Friesland. Friesland lies in the north of the Netherlands. The distance from the city of Franeker to Amsterdam is about 125 km. The city Franeker is a wealthy city and a former university city. The…

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At least once a year my heart longs to visit one of the beautiful Wadden islands. There are six Wadden islands, each with its own character, size, habits, atmosphere, population, nature, food, beverages, parties, float, and traditional costumes. Each island in itself is special. The Wadden islands are surrounded by…

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GLOW is an annual, free, and spectacular light festival celebrated in November, don’t miss it, it’s definitely amazing. Eindhoven is the hometown of Philips, the world-famous light bulb producer. Therefore Eindhoven is also called the city of light. Eindhoven lies in the southeast of Holland, about 111 kilometers from Amsterdam.…

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I like zoos and every now and then I enjoy visiting one of them. But I also have mixed feelings and doubts about animals in captivity. In Dutch zoos, the animals are treated well and well cared for by committed animal caretakers. The animals have a spacious living space and…

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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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Daytrip from Amsterdam to traditional villagesRoundtrip from Amsterdam to Marken and VolendamLighthouse MarkenVolendam Traditional Dutch Architecture Daytrip from Amsterdam to traditional villages At a stone’s throw from Amsterdam, you find the former island of Marken. Dams and polders now connect the island with the mainland. The island is a tourist hotspot…

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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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These are the most important national holidays in the Netherlands and an overview of Dutch school holidays. It can be interesting to connect your trip with feast days or events. Cities like Utrecht can be very quiet during school holidays as there are living 35.000 students in Utrecht that leave on…

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The Netherlands is 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, on April 27, 1967. Since April 30, 2013 King…

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