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Author Archives: Rob

Zaanse Schans: windmills near Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans is a sight near Zaandijk with a collection of historic windmills and houses. The name Zaanse Schans is derived from a sconce that was built in 1574 to resist attacks from Spanish troops. Between 1961 and 1974 many old buildings and some windmills were moved to the Zaanstreek. Only a couple of buildings originally … Continue reading »

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FAQ about Holland

Holland geography Is Holland the Netherlands? Read the answer on this page. Which city is the capital of Holland? Amsterdam is the capital of Holland, although the Dutch government is situated in The Hague. In which time zone is Holland located? Holland is located in Central European Time (UTC+1) and Central European Summer Time (UTC+2). Is Holland … Continue reading »

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Dutch language

Dutch is the language of most people in the Netherlands. Dutch is a West Germanic language and besides spoken in the Netherlands it also is spoken in Belgium and Suriname. In the Dutch province Friesland people also speak Frisian. Frisian is an officially recognized regional language in the Netherlands. The Dutch language has many dialects. … Continue reading »

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Hotel Fonda Vela

During our round trip through Costa Rica we stayed in several hotels. Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde was one of them. When we booked the trip we could chose from three hotels in Monteverde Cloud Forest and chose Fonda Vela because of good reviews we red and beautiful photos we had seen on internet. Hotel … Continue reading »

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Notre Dame, Paris – France

After more than two months a new travel photo. This week from a destination where I was last weekend with my girlfriend: Paris, the city of love. We visited the Notre Dame in Paris, which is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. The church is built in Gothic architecture and has many sculptures … Continue reading »

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Costa Rica wildlife

A travel report about Costa Rica isn’t complete without writing and posting some photos about wildlife or the animals we have seen. When we booked the tour we knew about the beautiful animals that live in Costa Rica and of course we wanted to see them. That was the reason why we included the rain … Continue reading »

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Costa Rica Caribbean coast

After our days in central Costa Rica we had a transfer by shuttle bus to the Costa Rica Caribbean coast. The pick up time was 6.30, which was early, but advantage was that we would reach our destination around noon. The first place that we visited was Cahuita, known for its laid back atmosphere. In … Continue reading »

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Arenal tours

Most tourists who travel from Monteverde to Arenal travel by shuttle bus around Lake Arenal. We chose to cross Lake Arenal by boat. This transfer was shorter and the boat trip was nicer than a long bus trip. When we arrived in La Fortuna we first explored the village. What mainly attract us in La Fortuna … Continue reading »

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Ooievaarsdorp, Groot-Ammers – The Netherlands

Last week I visited with my girlfriend Ooievaarsdorp Het Liesvelt in Groot-Ammers. This sight isn’t far from my hometown, but I hadn’t been there for about 10 years. Now it’s spring in Holland so some of the storks bear young. There were about ten nests with storks. The storks will go to South-Europe and Africa … Continue reading »

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Tuomiokirkko, Helsinki – Finland

This week a photo from Tuomiokirkko in Helsinki. This is the white cathedral in the center of the capital city of Finland. In 2003 we arrived by ferry from Estonia and directly from the water you see the cathedral high above the city, which makes it an impressive building. The Helsinki cathedral, also known as … Continue reading »

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