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Remembrance of the Dead

May 4, 2010

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Today is the Remembrance of the Dead in the Netherlands. It is a National holiday to remember those killed in wars since WW2. Flags everywhere fly at half mast. Ceremonies are held throughout the country and there is a two minute period of silence beginning at 8pm. During those two minutes, TV broadcasts are turned […]

Leiden, The Netherlands

March 14, 2010

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It is hard not to love Leiden. It is beautiful, with an ancient feel, lots of canals, and a Saturday market that can not be beat. It is a very tourist friendly town, with a tourist office right next to the train station and a very helpful two hour loop marked throughout the town to […]

Haarlem, The Netherlands

March 14, 2010

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This large town is the namesake for Harlem, the famous namesake in New York City. The NYC Harlem was settled by many Dutch who originated in Haarlem and I imagine felt a bit homesick. Haarlem is due west of Amsterdam and a 50 minute train ride north of Rotterdam. It is a popular summer destination […]

Delft, The Netherlands

January 9, 2010

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This weekend, I headed north to Delft. The Dutch countryside north of Rotterdam. Flat, empty, and crisscrossed by canals. The bicycle parking outside the railway station was incredible. There must have been thousands! Delft is a medium-sized town approximately 12km north of Rotterdam with an extensive history dating back almost 1,000 years. While it has […]