Netherlands

Is this Region in Europe the best for family travel?

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It is no secret that we are fans of the Brabant region in the Netherlands, we've proved it here and here. Since I knew the journey here to be quick and easy I also brought my little son with me on our last trip and was curious to see if Brabant would deliver when it comes to traveling with small children. I did already know, from countless personal experienc[...]

Exploring Texel Island: The Ultimate Cycle Trip through the Dutch Countryside

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Texel Island is probably the most diverse and beautiful place I've ever seen in the Netherlands - and still very much undiscovered by a lot of people. After spending a weekend on Texel Island  I completely fell in love with it. It's the perfect place for a weekend of cycling and discovering the Netherlands off the beaten track. This is how you get the most o[...]

Hitting reset - A weekend in the Hague

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One of my first memories regarding the Netherlands is “Hagelslag”, colorful, sugary sprinkles in all the flavors you could wish for. We were little and pimping our “boring” wholemeal bread with the local specialty made my little sis and me fall hard. We l o v e d the Netherlands. (Also, did I mention Vla?!). Later came the fascination with all the gre[...]

Why a Trip to explore The Hague should be on your Bucket list

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When you think of The Netherlands, you think of Amsterdam. Its grand canals, its cute houses, its thousands of bikes and probably its direct yet friendly-in-their-own-way locals. But what if I told you that there’s far more to the Netherlands than simply Amsterdam? Sure, it’s a small country and most other, major cities are easily accessible for a daytri[...]

10 reasons to go to Brabant

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Had you asked me a week ago why anyone would want to travel to Brabant in the Netherlands, I would have probably replied that I knew next to nothing about it. So far, my awareness of the Netherlands did not stretch far beyond tulips, cheese and Amsterdam; it was only back in October of last year that I heard of Brabant Nacht from Vanessa, who wrote of her ex[...]

8 Alternative Things to Do in Amsterdam

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As fall descends on us and we wave forlornly at the departing summer sun, one way to keep spirits up is to plan a few city breaks in our favourite European cities. Jet off to Amsterdam for a plethora of fun at your fingertips! The city of canals and bicycles will capture your heart and have you yearning to pack your bags for a permanent Dutch adventure - it'[...]

On Safari.... in the Netherlands

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Let’s start this off in complete honesty – I have never been the biggest fan of the Netherlands. In fact, I’ve been holding a giant grudge against the entire country ever since I lived in Rotterdam for seven months and made one bad experience after the other. Rationally, I am fully aware of the fact that the way I experience a place says nothing about the pl[...]

Amsterdam for First Timers

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The ferry pulls up in front of the Amsterdam Central Station and the bikes, motorcycles and cars around me start to rev their engines and push their pedals. There isn't a moment to hesitate as I am suddenly wrapped up into the Amsterdam crowd of bicycles disembarking from the ferry and scattering into the city like dust in the wind. As I keep pace with the D[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Amsterdam

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Romantic canals, tulips wherever you look and dubious entertainment that somehow is perfectly legal - Amsterdam is the kind of city that doesn't need a long introduction. Or does it? When I paid a quick visit to Amsterdam earlier in March, to see Travelette Frankie's new flat (and her baby bump) I was in not much of a mood for exploring - four days of networ[...]

16 Dutch Foods You Must Try

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Before we get started on the different Dutch foods you have to try during a visit to my adopted country of the Netherlands, I would like to ask you to undertake a little exercise. Raise your right hand to the side of your neck, keep it upright and flat as if you're about to karate chop into your collarbone. Then wave it around a bit by your ear and say the w[...]