Category Archives: Dutch

Once Upon A Time #3

In a country far, far away… Sorry this is not a fairy tale, but it includes castles, palaces, princes, princesses, kings, regent… King William III Actually, William III doesn’t want to be king. In 1848 he shares with his father … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time #2

In a country far, far away… Sorry this is not a fairy tale, but it includes castles, palaces, princes, princesses, kings… King William II On November 28, 1840 William II follows in the footsteps of his father. He is a … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time #1

In a country far, far away… Sorry this is not a fairy tale, but it includes castles, palaces, princes, kings… King William I The history of the Dutch royal family begins in a cart on the beach of Scheveningen. The future … Continue reading

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Header & Background explained

By now you know the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will open its doors, tomorrow, after a ten-year renovation and refurbishment. So how better to show you a good time with a painting by Van der Helst. Click the photo for a broader view. It’s … Continue reading

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Today, An Easy Post…

It’s THAT day again, Sinterklaas! Of course I can tell you all about it but you can re-read the posts I did over the years again. This one is over the patron saint of Amsterdam [2009] Or celebrating Saint Nick’s … Continue reading

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They’re Back… The Hordes

It’s Queen’s Day in the Netherlands, the un-official birthday of HRH Queen Beatrix [January 31]. And the hordes of the countryside have flooded the city again. A friend who lives in the center of the town, can’t even reach his … Continue reading

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Ode To Joy

It has arrived in Europe!!! Dr Spo’s Shirt of Shirts finally hit the shores of Europe, to be more specific Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It started its tour on September 25, 2010, and made stops at twenty-six recipients before me, who … Continue reading

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Prince’s Day

Later today, around 12.30 PM Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix will start her Speech from the Throne. But lets get back a bit in history… Orange and Nassau The links between the House of Nassau and the Netherlands date back … Continue reading

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Do The Dutch Have Their Own Cuisine?

Dutch cuisine is shaped by the practice of fishing and farming, including the cultivation of the soil for raising crops and the raising of domesticated animals, and the history of the Netherlands. Traditionally the Dutch diet consisted of bread and … Continue reading

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Once a Queen, Allways a Queen

Amsterdam’s Queen’s Day celebration of the masses in the Netherlands has spread into a night event as well. If you’re looking for a wildly exuberant party on April 30th, and are happy to dress in extravagant orange, then Queen’s Day, … Continue reading

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