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    Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel: 6,76 below sea level !!

    by vtveen Written Dec 4, 2014

    Lowest point of the Netherlands
    The Netherlands is well known as a ‘low country along the North Sea’. Main parts of the country do exist of polders and are protected by dikes. But to realise what it means to live in a country below the sea level one has to go to the lowest point of the Netherlands.

    This point is located nearby the town of ‘Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel’ in the province of Zuid Holland. Close to the motorway is a monument which indicates clearly how deep below Normal Amsterdam Level (NAP) this point is with: - 6,76 metres (although the monument still says it is – 6,74 metres) !!

    If you are by car drive over the dikes in this part of my country and see again what it means to live below the sea level. You will understand why ‘we’ are a little bit scared about the global warming and rising of the sea level.

    Directions
    From Rotterdam:
    Turn off at the motorway A20 (between Rotterdam and Gouda) to Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel,
    straight on at the roundabout (Europalaan), first left (Kroonkruid), first left again (Parallelweg Zuid), pass the viaduct and follow the road for about 900 metres.
    From Gouda:
    Turn off 'Moordrecht' of the A20, left at the roundabout, pass the viaduct and turn right into the Parallelweg Zuid and follow this road about 1800 metres.

    The monument lies in front of Van Vliet Trucking Company.

    Monument: lowest point in the Netherlands It should be: - 6,76 N.A.P. Information board (4 languages)

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    Noordwijkerhout: biking along blooming bulbs

    by vtveen Written Dec 4, 2014

    A very Dutch tip: biking along blooming bulb fields.

    Just another way to see these stunning flower fields in the Bulb and Dune Region in the western part of the Netherlands. We started our bike trip from the Tourist Information Centre (VVV) of Noordwijkerhout, more or less in the heart of the Bulb Region. They offer a couple of bike tours with different lengths (ours was about 45 km’s) through the bulb fields; just ask at the office. It is possible to rent bikes in Noordwijkerhout.

    We had a wonderful day with a lot of sunshine and were at the right moment (April 23th) to see the fields in bloom. As soon as we left Noordwijkerhout we pedalled through the bulb fields, mostly on special bike paths and very quiet side roads.
    Our route passed the Keukenhof, so it is possible to visit this famous flower garden. Otherwise take a look at the Castle Keukenhof (built in 1642); its park can be visited free of charge.

    Living in the Netherlands of course we had seen a lot of blooming bulb flowers, but biking along these colourful fields was a completely different experience: the colours, the smells, the shapes, the patterns.
    But be aware: you are biking in the western part of my country and the bulb fields are surrounded by many villages, bulb sheds, power pylons and in some spots advancing new built houses. Not always the most inspiring scenery.

    Blooming bulb fields Orange tulips, so Dutch Castle Keukenhof Tulips: red as you can get ... Tulips along our bike route
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    Leerdam - glass city

    by vtveen Written Dec 2, 2014

    Leerdam, just a small city along the river Linge, had its first (German) glass blowers in the year of 1765. Nowadays it is THE glass city of the Netherlands and full of activities with or around glass.

    We started our visit in the 'Glasblazerij (Glass Studio)', situated in an old timber mill along the river.
    Sitting on a gallery we watched the glass blowers at work. It is really fascinating to see how a liquid bubble of glass is transformed in a master piece of glass; there are always two glass blowers working together. In the centre is also a shop, which sells vases and other glass objects.
    The Glasblazerij (Glass Studio) is located just outsude the centre of Leerdam at the Zuidwal.

    The 'Crystal Shop' is the shop of the 'Royal Crystal Leerdam Factory' with examples of glass services and other objects. The shop is located next to the huge glass factory. A little bit further along the river is the National Glass Museum (Lingedijk 28-30). Last but not least you will find several glass galleries in the city of Leerdam.

    Glasblazerij / Glass Studio Watching the glass blowers Glass blowers at work Crystal Shop Leerdam: statue of Glass Blowers
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    Kinderdijk, on a stormy day

    by vtveen Updated Dec 2, 2014

    The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk - built in 1740 - are one of the most well-known tourist sites in the Netherlands. It is the largest group of windmills standing more or less together in my country and a perfect place to visit and to learn more about the everlasting fight of the Dutch against the water.

    To be honest the views of the windmills, the water and the meadows are typically Dutch as long as you don’t turn around seeing the houses and factories coming closer and closer. But since the year of 1997 the windmills of Kinderdijk are an UNESCO World Heritage Site and I hope the scenery will not be spoilt even more.

    Mostly tourists hope to have nice and sunny weather when visiting an outdoor site, but during our (last) visit with relatives from New Zealand to the mills of Kinderdijk we caught a rainy and STORMY day. This really bad weather has it own charm in a Dutch polder: walking (or trying to walk) against the wind, fighting with your umbrella and the frightening noise of the wind around the mill; additional advantage is the fact we were alone visiting the mills.

    You can walk around and just see the nineteen mills, but try including a visit to the Museum Windmill(s), in fact the main attraction in Kinderdijk. See the inside of a mill, the small house of the miller, climb the steep ladders to the upper floor and enjoy the view of the mills (my ‘first’ pic has been made through a window of the top floor in the Museum Mill Nederwaard).
    For openinghours and entrance fee (about € 7.50 for adults) see website.

    Kinderdijk: some of the 19 windmills Kinderdijk: windmills everywhere Kinderdijk: inside the Museum Windmill Kinderdijk: top floor window Kinderdijk: struggling with our umbrellas
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    Historical Harbour museum ~ Gouda

    by songlines Written Jun 28, 2013

    It is great to see all these older and quite beautiful boats lying in the old harbour of Gouda. We cruised through it and then had to wait to get through the lock and into the Hollansche Ijssel, which gave me plenty of opportunity to take photos of the boats.

    This is the oldest part of Gouda's harbour and many historical ships and boats are moored here, including the so called Bruine Vloot. It is a great pleasure to see these.

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    GOUDA ~ CITY OF CHEESE!

    by songlines Written Jun 28, 2013

    Gouda is a lovely town to visit, with it's most beautiful town hall, it's 'waag', a place where all the weighing of the cheeses was done, it's 'grachten' which are the beautiful and picturesque waterways woven throughout the old town. On a sunny day it is nice to visit the Market place, the building are stunning and there are great photo opportunities, or perhaps you could sit in one of the many cafes to watch the world go by, or on one of the many benches just to soak up the ambience of the lively and colourful people of Holland. In Holland people like to decorate their windows inside with plants and other things that show some of what they like or are interested in, I've seen window displays quite original with a collection of old model cars, trains or such-like. It makes me think that the Dutch are on the whole quite demonstrative and extrovert. Wherever we came we were always greeted with a friendly smile, and a helpful gesture. The over all impression I got in Holland was of a people that are industrious but also happy and contented with their lives, not worrying too much of what others thought of what was done. Apart from the old town centre, there is the Historical Harbour museum, this is lovely to cruise through and I would recommend this if you are with a boat, or if you take one of the city cruises which are laid on for people to avail of.

    15th century Town Hall The Waag ~ weighing place for the Gouda cheeses One of the lovely historical house fronts St.Jans church with lovely bell tower Picturesque waterways
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    Windmill visit in Nootdorp

    by lubama05 Updated Apr 7, 2008

    Between Delft and The Hague there is a little village called Nootdorp. You can visit the windmill here. One of the (voluntary) millers gives a great tour, in Dutch of course, but also in English or Italian if you prefer, and he will pull it off in French or German too (and he happens to be my much loved father in law as well). Please sign the log during your visit. Upon several occasions I have been reading the log, and it is very nice to see comments of people from all over the world.

    The mill is situated next to the Dobbeplas, a recreational area with water for swimming or windsurfing, walking around or watching the birds.

    In winter there is an iceskating rink next to the mill, in summer the rink is mostly used by people learning to skate.

    The mill usually is 'in action' on saturdays, from 10:00 till 16:00 hours.
    Individual visits to the mill are almost always welcome when there is a miller on site, groups please notify beforehand.

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    Gouda - walking through the history

    by vtveen Updated Apr 11, 2007

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    Gouda is almost synonymous with (Gouda) cheese. But this city in the middle of the green heart of Holland has a lot to offer to tourists. It is a pretty old town, which received city rights in 1272, with the right to take toll and that developed the town into Holland's fifth town in the 14OOs. This means there is a lot of history to see in Gouda.

    Best place to start your visit is the ‘Markt’, the main square in the city. I think it is one of the most beautiful squares in the Netherlands, being built in a triangle with lots of historic houses and building around and an almost perfect Gothic Town Hall on the middle of this square.

    In one of the historic buildings you will find the office of the Tourist Information Centre. The best way to explore Gouda is to buy (€ 2,50) a city brochure with a lot of information, a map and a city walk along most of the historical sights in Gouda.

    We did this walk and were really surprised by the beauty of the city and the unexpected treasures along the route. We passed all the major historical buildings like the Town Hall, St. John’s Church with the famous stained-glass windows, the old fish market, the weigh house, two mills (the flour mill is still in operation) and lots and lots of interesting buildings, many of them situated along one of the canals in the city.

    On your way you will pass several museums like the municipal museum, the cheese museum and resistance museum. Otherwise make a stop in one of the shops selling typical goods from Gouda like cheese, candles, clay pipes or ‘stroop’ (syrup) waffles.

    After finishing our sightseeing in Gouda we had a perfect cappuccino on the perfect Market Square with a view of the perfect Town Hall.

    (If you want to visit the Cheese Market in Gouda: only on Thursday's (10.00 - 12.30) from the end of June till the end of August.)

    For more photo's of Gouda see: Gouda.

    Gouda - Town Hall Gouda - one of the historical buildings Gouda - flour mill Gouda - along the canals Gouda - oldest tobacco shop of the Netherlands
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    Zuidland

    by ATLC Written Aug 11, 2005

    The very best restaurant in the entire region is located in this little village. So if you're having important business relations or something special to celebrate, this is the place to go.

    ZUIDLAND
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    Goedereede

    by ATLC Updated Aug 11, 2005

    Goedereede is a tiny town where, for some reason, many artists live. So there are quite a few galleries. It's very picturesque and a good place to have lunch, then walk around for an hour or so. Visit the tower and enjoy the scenery from the top!

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    Leidschendam

    by ATLC Written Aug 11, 2005

    Like Zoetermeer, Leidschendam is mostly modern with a very small older, not too well-maintained center. It has great potential though, once the city council decides to invest. The main feature is the sluice with the two bridges that are worked by hand.

    LEIDSCHENDAM
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    Delft

    by ATLC Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Delft is a very pictoresque town with its main attractions the Delftware factory (Porceleyne Flesch) and the New Church where Dutch royals have been buried for centuries. But that is not all by far. Go see!

    My Delft page

    DELFT
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    Gouda

    by ATLC Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Gouda is maybe one of the best known places to people from abroad because it has become synonymous with Dutch cheese.
    My Gouda page is a little bit special because I visited it with a TV filmcrew from Wales. It really makes you look at a place differently!

    GOUDA
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    Heenvliet

    by ATLC Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Heenvliet, together with Geervliet are two villages within the municipality of Bernisse. It's a small village that was once the home of the Lords of Voorne. It has a castle ruin and a delightful village square.

    See the link to my Heenvliet page below.

    HEENVLIET CASTLE RAVESTEIN
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    Heijplaat

    by ATLC Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Heijplaat, although a village in the old days, is now completely part of the harbour and industry area of Rotterdam. Although some may dispute its beauty, the industrial area is a very interesting place to drive around, make photo's of the harbour activity.

    See the link to my Heijplaat page below.

    HEIJPLAAT
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