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Queen's, Remberance, and Liberation Days, 2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Queen's, Remberance, and Liberation Days, 2006

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... to commemorate the Second World War and celebrate the country's liberation from five years of occupation. Unlike most countries, the Netherlands sets aside two days to mark these events. The first is Rememberance Day, a day of solemn commemoration for ...

Dave's visit, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Dave's visit

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Our friend, Dave Rheingold, came to visit from NYC. Here are his impressions of Amsterdam: Amsterdam was a very pleasant trip with lots of surprises. Mel and Chris were gracious enough to put me up for a week, albeit fighting for sleeping space ...

A Saturday afternoon drive, Friesland, Netherlands travel blog

A Saturday afternoon drive

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... lesson, got some things done around the house, and took a day trip to Friesland. Friesland is the northeastern part of the Netherlands. We drove up to it hoping to take a ferry to the Wadden Islands -- very remote islands with big sandy beaches. ...

Gay Pride Parade, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Gay Pride Parade

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Hi everybody! Each year in August the Gay Pride Parade takes place in Amsterdam on one of the principle canals, the Prinsengracht. We take out little boat out with our landlord, Rob, and some of his friends and tie up along the side with canal to ...

What's happening in Amsterdam?, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

What's happening in Amsterdam?

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... our favorite brewery under a windmill periodically. We are looking forward to the Olympics, planning a few day trips by train within the Netherlands, going to London for several days at the end of the month, and, of course, looking forward to the annual ...

25 years of Bierkoning + Food fest, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

25 years of Bierkoning + Food fest

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Hi everybody! Today was a fun day full of celebrations in the neighborhood - a food festival and the 25th anniversary of the best beer store in Amsterdam.   de Bierkoning - 25 years De Bierkoning (The Beer King) is an amazing beer store very close ...

Record Snowfall!, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Record Snowfall!

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Winter has finally arrived in the Netherlands. It snowed continuously in Amsterdam for over 24 hours and parts of the country more snow then had been seen in 25 years! It was a warm, sticky snow so lots of snowmen and beautiful trees coated in snow! ...

Goodbye desert, Bring on Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Goodbye desert, Bring on Europe

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... and people on bikes everywhere because it's flat, dead flat, in fact it's so flat that the highest point in the Netherlands is just 321 metres high. After conquering one of Egypt's highest peaks Mandy is confident of claiming another of the worlds major ...

Queen's Day, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Queen's Day

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On April 30, the Dutch celebrate Queen's Day. It is the birthday of the Queen's mother and is the only day of the year when people can sell things to each other without a permit and without paying taxes. Thus, it is probably the world's largest garage ...

Halloween in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Halloween in Amsterdam

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Hi everybody! This is one of those travel-pods where the pictures really do tell the story. The Dutch do not celebrate Halloween and we had not yet had a housewarming party, so we decided to throw a Halloween party. It was a huge success! We ...

amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

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Heidelberg, Thanksgiving, Sinterklaas, Heidelberg, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Heidelberg, Thanksgiving, Sinterklaas

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... see the Cathedral. While there we took a walk along the Rhine as well. November 11 was St. Martin's night in the Netherlands. For this night the children make paper lanterns in which they put candles. They then light the candles and walk from ...

Day trip to The Hague, Den Haag, Netherlands travel blog

Day trip to The Hague

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Hi everybody! For the months of April, May and June we had an abundance of visitors! This was great fun, but when they all left and we had are first weekend along in 8 weeks we decided to do something fun for the two of us. We were going to go to ...

January in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

January in Amsterdam

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January was homebody month. In December we spent a week in Italy, were home less than 1 week, then went to the U.S. for the remainder of the month, returning for New Year's Eve. New Year's was much like last year. Our friends, Julie and Stephan, had a ...

Post Holiday Traditions, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Post Holiday Traditions

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... the rare person who arrives in the office on that first day after the New Year with a smile on his or her face. In the Netherlands, it is quite different. On the first day back, people smile broadly when they see a colleague for the first time - as if ...

25 hours on Texel Island, De Koog, Netherlands travel blog

25 hours on Texel Island

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Hi everybody! When we first moved here several people told us to go to the Wadden Islands on the Northern edge of the Netherlands. Well, if you remember our first attempt at this you'll know that so far we hadn't made it. So, 4 years later we decided ...

Rotterdam, Thursday, Rotterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Rotterdam, Thursday

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... Dutch spelling on the sign. My name might have had to have a couple of those 'oe's in it if I'd been born in the Netherlands. In my walk from the embassy back to the railway station I seemed to have managed to fit in a fair bit of sight-seeing... ...

Bus To Hungary, Rotterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Bus To Hungary

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I was a little worried for a moment as the bus driver couldn't find my name on his passenger list and he was rather dismissive. It only seemed to be when I pulled out my cell phone and I asked him for a number to ring in Amsterdam that he changed his ...

Two Chicagoland clock enthusiasts visit, Apeldoorn, Netherlands travel blog

Two Chicagoland clock enthusiasts visit

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... making the trip possible, and so wonderful. We don't think the best Hollywood writers could have scripted a better Netherlands adventure. ---------------- Mel and I enjoyed the company! Milo and Venus (the two cats) are in withdrawal from all the ...

sooner or later, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

sooner or later

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Eight days have passed in Amsterdam, eight nights of dreaming I was still in South Africa, of waking up wondering what I would be doing today, of confusion when I opened my eyes and found myself back home. This time it was harder to say goodbye and I ...

German Xmas Markets and Chris' Mom's 2nd visit, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Aachen, Koln, and Dussledorf, Germany travel blog

German Xmas Markets and Chris' Mom's 2nd visit

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... of a canal house in the Red Light district. It is from the time when Catholics were not permitted to worship publicly in the Netherlands, so these hidden churches were quite common. It is the only one that still remains. They also took the train to ...

Family seeking, Noord Holland, Midwoud, Netherlands travel blog

Family seeking, Noord Holland

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This was a seeking family day. Our Family is too numberous to mention, but they know who they are, and we thank them for the 14 cups of coffee and 14 pieces of cake. Des and I had the luxury of sleeping in doors again in the 'Stippen kamer' which my ...

amsterdam pin, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

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Summer's longest day, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Summer's longest day

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With the summer solstice upon us, we thought it would be timely to talk about the differences in the day's timing here. The first thing we noticed is that is stays light VERY late. At the beginning of April when Melanie moved here, it was light until ...

Cheese Market and Windmills, How Dutch!, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Cheese Market and Windmills, How Dutch!

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  We made our way to a cheese market in Alkmaar (30min north of Amsterdam) to see teams race to see who could weigh and carry the fastest. We got there just as the market was starting and we managed to squeeze a spot into the the crowd to get a poor ...

How's summer?, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

How's summer?

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Hi everybody! You may have noticed that we haven't been posting many travelogues lately. This is probably down to many reasons, including: 1) Living here has become more normal than it was 4 years ago. Our day to day life just doesn't seem as special ...

February Happenings, Orval, Belgium, Maastricht and Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

February Happenings

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... one side. Chris found several watch and antique stores, so this may be a place to keep going back to. Southern Netherlands has historically been Catholic, so during the days before Ash Wednesday that part of the country celebrates Carnival. It's a ...

Interkona Vespero, Rotterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Interkona Vespero

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First day of the UK - the Universal Congress of Esperanto. I'm not even sure why I bother turning up. Even if I paid to join up there's not really that much for me to do here. I suppose it's just the principle now. Weather is absolutely crap. Coldish ...

getting ready......, Amsterdam, Netherlands travel blog

getting ready......

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Nowhere near ready of course but all keyed up, so excited. Deo volente this time next week we'll be on our way to Clédat, France. It has been too long, I will be counting the days - I have missed that little corner of the world, my sanctuary, and now ...

Rotterdam, Day 2..., Rotterdam, Netherlands travel blog

Rotterdam, Day 2...

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Signed up officially to do the Esperanto exam. It actually goes over three days and each day you have to pass the previous section to be allowed to do the next. There was a bit of confusion over the fact that I don't have a congress number but sensibly ...

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