Haarlem – The Great Church and famous Pipe Organ – Nederlands

  Haarlem – North Holland A brief visit to Haarlem. Love this Gothic structure, the Vleeshal building, built between 1602-1605; originally a “Meat Hall” as the renaissance decoration of the bull and rams head on the facade suggests. A striking old classical building. Ladder Lift Interesting to see how times have changed, no more furniture and […]

Kaas or Cheese Market – de Waag – Alkmaar

  Kaasmarkt – Kass or Cheese Market  When we arrived the market had already started, tourists were about 10 deep all around the market square so it was difficult to see all the goings on. The rounds of cheese sitting in a huge square had me drooling, it  was a sight to see – I’m a […]

Art Galleries | museums|Red Light District Amsterdam

Back to Amsterdam to explore more territory, the famous art galleries, museums and Red Light District Amsterdam. First stop Van Gogh Museum. At the time there was a special exhibition on “Van Gogh and the colours of the night” – the first exhibition devoted to Van Gogh’s representations of the evening and night. It was incredible to see […]

The Hague – Netherlands

The Hague – Netherlands Back on the road we reached The Hague only about 30 mins from Delft, nothing is very far apart in the Netherlands. Above a view of the Dutch Parliament, a very historical and impressive complex  on the edge of the little lake known as Hafvijver or ‘Court Pond”. Once through the outside gates […]

About Delft – Delft Netherlands

Delft City – Netherlands Now a brief walk around the city. Delft is a very historic city situated between Rotterdam and The Hague in the Province of South Holland the Netherlands. It received its charter in 1246 for its development from a rural village in the early Middle Ages to a city in 13th century. In the […]

Ceramics at Delft|Holland Netherlands

I looked forward with some enthusiasm to a tour of the famous  Royal Delft pottery in Delft city. Royal Delft is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. The Delft pottery has a large sign in brightly colored ceramics to announce the entrance to the pottery. This site became the permanent home of Delft […]

Canals – Amsterdam Canal Cruise |Holland Netherlands

Amsterdam After leaving Zaanse Schans we drove back to Heiloo and caught the train into Amsterdam. The sky had clouded over so the day became a bit gloomy. I thought China was the place for bikes, very surprised to see so many ‘Bike Parks’ in Amsterdam, had no idea how popular bicycle travel is in […]

Zaanse Schans – Color Windmill|Clog Factory Holland

  Open Air Museum of Zaanse Schans Zaanse Schans is a small picturesque village of historical  green wooden houses and windmills once scattered across the Zannstreek region. The houses and windmills are authentic and all still in use. The houses built on  canals and virtually surrounded by water. Each house has its own little bridge over […]

Keukenhof – Flower Garden, Lisse, Holland

Amazing Flower Garden A trip to Holland would not be complete without a visit to Keukenhof, considered the most beautiful flower garden in the world.   It also had the world’s largest permanent display of tulips. After arriving in Holland yesterday, the next day dawned fine and sunny as we set out for Keukenhof. The flower gardens are […]

Heiloo – Tulip Fields – Holland|Netherlands

 Tulip fields Heiloo Our next stop as Ronnie had promised, by stark contrast with the bleakness of the beach at Egmond earlier today, a visit to the tulip fields in the nearby town of  Heiloo.  Absolutely breathtaking! Row upon row of brilliant colours and varieties of tulips, quite spectacular!! Fields of red and pink tulips […]

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