Category: Netherlands

Sunday was the Children’s Carnival parade (Kinderoptocht) in Sittard in the Netherlands. During Carnival season, a parade is held for and by children—usually the day before the big parade on Carnival Monday/Rosenmontag. The kinder parades are more “kid friendly” (read: less pushing…slightly) with various school groups participating. Children of all ages dress in costume and march in the parade. Sittard’s 2013 children’s parade was February…

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The day after Borefts Beer Fest we went to Amsterdam since it was only 30 mins from our hotel in Leiden. Nice to finally see the Royal Palace. (It was being reno’d and covered in scaffolding when we were there last year.) Love the new entrance. Modern architecture next to old world structures is so striking. Like this at the castle in Gent. Here are…

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As a whole, we’ve gotten a little fast and loose with the word art. I’m not talking about the great masters or 75% of what’s in museums. I’m talking about contemporary art. The self-proclaimed “artists” and the multitudes of “art” that has no business being called that. Sure, there is no objectivity in the art world. Sometimes things become art solely for being a reflection…

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The weekend of Sept 23, we were in Bodegraven, NL at Brouwerij de Molen for the Borefts Beer Festival. De Molen (in English “the mill”) has a brewery and restaurant inside a windmill that was built in 1697. When we arrived since the sails were unfurled and the blades were turning. I should have gotten a pic. But we were starving, I forgot I brought…

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So we went to Thorn Aug 24. One of our last little adventures before Jacob started school. I swear he was there. You wouldn’t know it from the photos. Apart from running around in the outdoor amphitheater, he sat on the stroller the whole time. And whined when I tried to get him to walk or stand next to Nicholas for a picture. So no…

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Yesterday Matt and I went to Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven (La Trappe). It’s the only Dutch trappist brewery, just outside Tilburg, NL, a little over an hour from our house. It’s in a beautiful wooded area. Like the others, you can’t go in the abbey—you can only see it from the road approaching, not once you get there—but there is a shop, tasting room/restaurant, nice grassy…

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It’s spring, and that means tulips. (And two-for-one specials at the grocery store—18 for 1.99€ today!) Here are some pics I took last year at Keukenhof. Keukenhof is a 32-hectare park in Holland. It’s only open two months a year (mid-March to mid-May) when the flowers are in bloom. They plant 7 million (!) bulbs every year. There’s a big playground, petting zoo and a…

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There are windmills everywhere, tucked away in little towns (in Germany too). Not one in our village, but there is one 5k away in the next village. The most windmills you’ll see in one place is at Kinderdijk. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site just south of Rotterdam, NL. There are 19 windmills dating to 1740. And it’s FREE. You do pay to park—I forget…

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best. bookstore. ever. This fantastic bookstore, the Selexyz Dominicanen, is in Maastricht, NL in an 800+ year old former Dominican church. A three-story steel structure holds the books (what great use of vertical space) and there’s a coffee shop at the back. When we there, a forest of book tree sculptures were on display on the first floor. The bookstore opened in 2006. Prior to…

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