Category Archives: Netherlands

Traveling with our Irish Cousins in Europe and the US

We stayed in Edinburgh for one week during our visit to Scotland this last May. And three of those days were spent with our Irish cousins Henry and Geraldine and Henry’s niece Rosie. It was our eighth reunion with our … Continue reading

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Train Travel in Netherlands, Germany and Belgium

Before traveling to Europe we purchased first-class railroad passes online at http://www.eurail.com.  Why first class? On most second-class cars you have to place your bags on luggage racks near the exit door. Very convenient for thieves. You can bring your … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong and What’s Right with Amsterdam?

What’s Wrong with Amsterdam? Could it be the bikes? The Red Lights? The whiff of Mary Jane in the air? Maybe it’s the garbage out of which this swan builds her nest. So what’s Right with Amsterdam? Could it be … Continue reading

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De Valk Windmill in Leiden

I guess we’re windmill junkies. On our first trip to Ireland in 2002 we stayed for a week in Holywood, County Down with our cousins Henry and Geraldine. One day they took us to Ballycopeland on the Ards peninsula to … Continue reading

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Hartebrugkerk in Leiden

We visited twenty churches on our European vacation last May but only one in The Kingdom of the Netherlands: Hartebrugkerk (Hart Bridge Church) in Leiden. The church is so named because it was built next to the bridge over the … Continue reading

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Walking around Leiden

Leiden is a city in South Holland of about 120,000 people (330,000 including suburbs). It lies near the coast about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Amsterdam and about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) northeast of The Hague. Leiden is a … Continue reading

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The Train to Leiden

We stayed in Amsterdam for three nights at a hotel (the Boutique Hotel View) on Leidsekade near Leidseplein where the old road to Leiden began. But we opted to take a more modern route when we decided to visit Leiden … Continue reading

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