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Sep 16, 2007 - Our visit to The Hague

What an adventure today was for us. We set out at about 10:00 am this Sunday morning. We rode the tramway (streetcar) to The Hague (Den Haag). We were there within city limits in about 15 minutes. The Hague was quite invigorating for a Sunday morning. I can't imagine what a week day must be like (though we will find out when we leave to go to Cologne and to Paris, for that's the departing city). Once again I was so overwhelmed by the activity and the hustle and bustle. People everywhere, as well as streetcars, bikes and motor scooters. My...

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Aug 10, 2007 - Holland - De Haag

With our Tour guide Merel, we headed for a evening in the Hague. We first headed to the tiny holland (like it wasn't tiny enough they had to make a miniture version) where Tim and Merel were completely "lamed out". I on the other hand caused havoc, taking on the kangaroo godzilla role. I turned into a monster once I saw a Garuda plane and decided I had to keep it from becoming skyborne and cause even more havoc then I can!! Anyways, after half and hour we were pretty much finished and couldn't be bothered waiting for the laser fairy tale...

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Apr 25, 2007 - ***Wednesday - Leiden Botanical Garden

After the auction I drove to Leiden. The botanical garden is very old with some plants dating over 400 years old. It was founded in 1587 as a medical garden where doctors trained. In 1594 it became a botanical garden by Carolus Clusius who is instrumental in bringing the tulip to Leiden. Hothouses, and gardens - essentially botanical gardens are full of as many specimens as can be had. A little boring unless you are really into plants! But Leiden was very cute university city and would be fun to stay in when there isn't so much tourists!...

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Apr 25, 2007 - ***Wednesday - Kinderdijk and the windmills of Holland

And now we had south past Den Haag and Rotterdam for the tiny burg of Kinderdijk where there are still 18 windmills that are functional. They only run certain times of the year. They are spread out along the canal. There is all this lingo like polders etc which I don't really know. It was hot - I mean hot - almost like 85 degrees with high humidity so it felt even warmer. There were buses and more children. I hopped on a rent a bike for E2,50 and peddled away down the canal away from the maddening crowd - most people walk to the first...

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Apr 23, 2007 - ***Monday - the whole reason I came to Europe - to see the tulips at the Keukenhof!

Hey! Today is a big day for me. Started it excited. I was finally going to see the garden on top priority for me - the Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands. Home of the tulips!!! It was spectacular, would highly recommend getting up early to get there and ready to go when it opens. I'm glad I did because I got to spend some time there in relative quiet. By 10:30 busy, by 12 to 1 PM busloads of people literally. I really enjoyed myself though and after a few color photos and movies; I got very interested in taking black and whites. They are...

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Apr 23, 2007 - Setting Out & Arrival in The Hague

After sorting out all of those last minute tasks, and a farewell barbecue hosted by Dad, my sister and brother-in-law, I'm finally on my way. Unfortunately it wasn't the best of starts, as my train from Didcot to London was cancelled! The Eurostar from Waterloo couldn't have been more different, with the experience being more like taking a flight that going by train. Anyway I arrived in The Hague without any problems and spent the evening in an Irish pub, having a drink and enjoying the crack with some ex-pat Irish whilst watching the...

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Apr 22, 2007 - ***Sunday afternoon - Gouda and flower floats

I left Cologne about 1PM. Good strategy to go into big city early Sunday morning. Much busier by 1PM. Drove into Netherlands and decided to try a place in Gouda, read about in Lonely Planet. I was lucky - got the only room left. Share bathroom and breakfast with room, all for E57,00. Parking is free on Sundays until 9AM mondays so I did not have to pay for parking but did have to park about 1/4 mile away in Parkplatz. Very nice man running his little pension. Kind of like a big B&B, a small inn in States. Slept extremely well. Noticed when...

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Oct 8, 2006 - Rotterdam Cruise with Seuren

Seuren is our sponsor for soccer and they had their annual Distributie Care night out. Basically the way it works, the more you sell, the more tickets you get to go. Seuren hired a bus for us all and we went out and had dinner at Humphrey's Restaurant which is a place where you pay say €25 per person and they have a set menu that you can choose from, it was good with the group we had. The food was quite nice too, I had Beef Carpaccio for starter and Garlic Prawns for main. The prawns were great.. After dinner we went across to the boat...

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Sep 10, 2006 - Windmills! and more windmills!!!

Spent my second last Sunday in Holland with my aunt Miek, visiting something the dutch are famous for!! WINDMILLS! These are located in Kinderdijk and there are a total of 19 (I think!). It was all set up to pump the water out of the fields and maintain extra dry land! Pretty ingenious. Very cool to see, was a great day weather was warm - no rain (a big feat in Holland)! Enjoy the pics

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Aug 29, 2006 - Den Haag/Dortrect, Holland

Three posts in one day, this must be close to a record. This is actually going to be one of my favorite posts because it was definitely a highlight of my trip. I was fortunate enough to meet two very nice Dutch sisters, Kim and Britt, in the hostel I stayed at in Barcelona. I was smart enough to keep in touch with them because I had a day to spend in Holland before my brother got here and it is always nice to have tour guides. I met Kim and Britt in a city called Den Haag, or more commonly known as The Hague. Den Haag is the seat of the...

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Aug 26, 2006 - Leiden - A brief stop

A two hour stop-over to Change trains on my way to Denmark meant I could take a look around Leiden. Bu now I am getting used to the way these dutch towns are laid out on canels, although they all have their unique character. One of the big probelms with travelling is eating something wholesome. Hunger tends to coincide with being on the move and this means that east are grabbed from fast food outlets, usually in stations. It's a challenge to find anything which is not brown let alone no unwholesome. I searched for ages in Leiden wiht my...

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Aug 24, 2006 - Noordwijk - Nurses and Nudity

Noordwijk is an attractive beach town in the west of Holland 45 minutes from Amsterdam. It has gentle sandy beaches which roll back into high grass topped dunes ripling with colourful flags. The wind drives on shore and in the evenings the beaches are invaded by kite surfers their sails making a hypnotic backdrop to a ballooning sunset. Evenings are about fun at the hostel. Alcohol is the usual drug of choice of course with the inevitable weed playing a close secnd although the hostel don't allow it to be smoked inside, thank goodness. Oh...

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