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READING ON THE NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)
a canal boat holiday this year for the ultimate in relaxation
is probably nothing more relaxing and romantic than a canal boat holiday
and there are many excellent destinations to choose from, perfect for couples
heading off on their own or families... read
Ways To Vacation In Holland by KEITH VALENTINE
What can you see when you're
on vacation in Holland? Is there anything of interest that is fun to do?
Some of the things that Holland is known for include tulips, cheese, the
paintings of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, windmills, clogs, diamond cutting,
quaint buildings, pottery, bicycles and the canals of Amsterdam.
|You will learn about eight
places you can go to see some of them right here. Find out about some of
the cities, towns and villages that you'll see when you're on vacation
in Holland, a small European country, part of The Netherlands, bordering
Germany and Belgium, a little larger than the State of Maryland.
In Amsterdam you can take one
of 110 glass-topped cruise boats along some of the 165 canals and see the
world's narrowest house - only one metre wide; or visit Coster Diamonds
to see how these jewels are cut and polished; walk across a few of the
1,281 bridges in the city; drop by the Anne Frank House, or take in the
Rijksmuseum and feast on Rembrandt's masterpieces including the "Nightwatch".
As you can see you will have
your favorite places to see when you're on vacation in Holland but why
not plan your trip so that you can see them all? The Netherlands is not
that large a country so distances are short and you can cover a lot of
ground in a day when you're on vacation in Holland; the Dutch are friendly
and they will make you feel welcome no matter which sights you decide to
If you prefer tulips instead,
impose on the Bulb Fields in the "Garden of Europe" at Keukenhof, the world's
largest flower garden. Indubitably a sight to behold! Certainly a must-see
when on vacation in Holland.
How about wildlife and nature
trails? - A short drive will take you to Holland's largest park: de Hoge
Veluwe, 5,500 hectares of woodland, heathland, lakes and driftsand; and
breeze into the Kröller-Müller Museum, which houses some of Van
Gogh's most famous works.
Something cheesy? - See how
the famous "Edamer" cheese, as it is known, is made in the village of Edam.
It has a very mild taste, slightly salty or nutty and almost no smell when
compared to other cheeses. It also has a significantly lower fat content
than many other traditional cheeses.
Why not check out the Zaanse
Schans? - A delightful old hamlet on the banks of the River Zaan, with
characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed
bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills, engaging little shops
and discover the art of clog making too when you're on vacation in Holland.
Palatial settings? - Hang around
the 17th century Het Loo, previously a royal palace with its formal gardens,
at Apeldoorn. In the 18th century, William III's baroque garden was swept
away for a landscape park in the English taste.
Always wondered how ornaments
are made? - Frequent the pottery factory in Delft. Delftware is a blue
and white pottery, part of the "tin glaze" style, in which tin-based white
glaze is first applied, then metal oxide decoration and finally a lead-based
clear glaze overcoat to make the surface glossy.
Want to see a village where
life has hardly changed over the last 400 years? - Visit Staphorst, famous
for many of its residents wearing traditional dutch clothing. It also happens
to be one of the most religious villages of the Netherlands.
|About the Author: Keith
J. Valentine has been traveling throughout the UK, Europe and North America
for years. For more on travel, tips and a free e-zine, please visit 101
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Vacations to Amsterdam offer
many opportunities for fun and relaxation, which include over a hundred
annual festivals and conventions, a rich collection of art galleries and
historical museums, and an eclectic club scene around the red-light quarter
of the central district. With so much to do, millions are drawn to Amsterdam
each year. This makes it easy for tourists to find hotels in Amsterdam
at great prices even among the picturesque, 16th-century canals of the
central district. Those looking for long-term holiday rentals will likewise
not be disappointed.
Enjoy the Culture of Downtown
Whether it's dining at the
elegant Breitner restaurant or taking in an after-dinner performance at
the Compagnie Theatre, every event can be arrived at in luxury from hotels
in the canal district. This is where the majority of the city's attractions
can be found. Nearest the river Amstel is the red-light district, famous
with tourists for its up-scale hash bars.
|Just south is Dam Square
and one of the city's most magnificent pieces of architecture, the Royal
Palace. Built in the 17th century, this palace is open to visitors and
features a huge map of the world on the marble floor of the main hallway.
The National Monument stands on the opposite side of Dam Square and is
flanked by one of Amsterdam's premier shopping boutiques, De Bijenkorf.
Nieuwmarkt Square is located
to the east, in the middle of Chinatown, and it is a popular venue for
outdoor festivals. Here can be found many open-air cafés and weekend
markets for antiques, books and organic produce. To the west of Dam Square
is an important landmark and museum for all tourists to visit, the Anne
It has been restored to
the conditions present when Anne and several others used the hidden rooms
to avoid Nazi persecution, and there are rotating exhibits on discrimination
A number of venues dedicated
to the performing arts, from the opera and symphony orchestra to popular
music and cabaret, are available throughout the historic district. The
city hall and Muziektheatre, which serves as the city's opera house, are
combined into one building, which is locally referred to as the Stopera.
It is located between the river Amstel and a monument to Jewish victims
of WWII, and it hosts performances of the National Ballet, the Holland
Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Opera.
Luxurious vacations to
Amsterdam are Available at Economy Prices!
No matter what section of
the city is preferred for accommodation, it is entirely possible to find
cheap hotels and holiday rentals. Cheap flights to Amsterdam are also available
from a number of booking agencies. Find out why Amsterdam is rated as one
of the world's best travel destinations.
BED & BREAKFASTS / SMALL HOTELS / BOUTIQUE HOTELS
hotels in Amsterdam
Bed & Breakfast, Amsterdam
award winning guest house in the center of Amsterdam, located in a typical
Amsterdam Canal house, which was built in 1777, on the former coastline
of Amsterdam. Our tropically decorated guesthouse retains its original
facade, and has a gable stone displaying an island with 3 palm trees.
Our first guests were welcomed here in August 1999. Barangây
is a Filipino word meaning small village or community. Each
guest receives a warm welcome, the comfort of a uniquely decorated room
and of course our world-famous breakfasts! With most tourist
attractions literally around the corner and within walking distance, this
is one of the best locations to explore Amsterdam and beyond.
in one of the charming houses of Amsterdam, you will find the Hotel Kap
conveniently located in a quiet residential street, right in the centre
of the city. All major attractions are within walking distance and
public transportation to all directions is just around the corner. We are
looking forward to meet you - you'll be more than welcome... Due
to the 19th century house-style character of the hotel we offer different
ranges of rooms. All our 13 rooms are equipped with shower
and television and most rooms have their private bathroom. Now
introducing a new self-catering apartment within the hotel.
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