Burg Eltz

We stayed in Cochem during our time in Germany, so in order to see Burg Eltz we had to take a train to to Moselkern. Moselkern is lovely – it’s a very quiet town with beautiful old houses. It took about 20 minutes to reach the start of the walking track to Burg Eltz from […]

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Haarlem is a lovely historical city, located on the river Spaarne, less than 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. It features a magnificent old centre with plenty of monumental buildings. The city was once home to several famous Dutch painters, including Frans Hals, so there is a large art focus. Haarlem is where my grandmother is from […]

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Amersfoort is a city and municipality in the province of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Amersfoort is a very historic and attractive city. It has many fine medieval buildings that are well maintained. It is a busy place with a population of just under 150,000 people, but the town centre is easily explored on foot, with most […]

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The boat journey from Cochem to Beilstein along the Moselle was beautiful.   The small village of Beilstein is one of the best preserved historical places on the Moselle and is also sometimes known as a miniature Dornröschen der Mosel (“Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”).   The ruins of Castle Metternich tower above the village, […]

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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood in the Dutch town of Zaandam near to Amsterdam. It is famous for its large collection of historic windmills – many of which are not just heritage buildings but still fully-operational. Tours allow visitors to see for themselves how the windmills are used for sawing wood, grinding oil and much […]

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Paleis Het Loo

Het Loo Palace or Paleis Het Loo (meaning “The Woods Palace”) is a palace in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands and was built by the House of Orange-Nassau.   The symmetrical Dutch Baroque building was designed by Jacob Roman and Johan van Swieten and was built between 1684 and 1686 for stadtholder-king William III and Mary […]

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