A Greater Appreciation of Dutch Cheeses at Jacobs Hoeve

Jacobs Hoeve Cheese Farm

AT THE JACOBS HOEVE CHEESE FARM WE GOT TO TASTE SOME OF THEIR DELICIOUS CHEESES: On our trip from Amsterdam to Volendam we stopped by the Jacobs Hoeve Cheese Farm in Katwoude, a village in the province of North Holland, about 2 km north of Monnickendam. The cheese farm enjoys an idyllic setting in the […]

Delft – A Dutch Treat in More Ways than One

Delft Canal View

DELFT HAS HISTORY, ART, A THRIVING WEEKEND MARKET, DELFT BLUE POTTERY AND LOTS MORE: Delft is best-known the world over for its Delft Blue pottery. However, a visit to this charming town in the province of South Holland (Zuid-Holland) reminds us that Delft’s appeal extends way beyond its famous earthenware. It is a also city […]

Delft Nieuwe Kerk – The Final Resting Place for the House of Orange Royals

Nieuwe Kerk Tower

DELFT IS THE FINAL RESTING PLACE OF WILLIAM OF ORANGE AND OTHER ROYALS: At the heart of Delft market square is a landmark that links directly to the country’s royal past. The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) on the Markt is where William of Orange (or William the Silent) was entombed in 1584 and since then […]

A Royal Delft Experience

Royal Delft Pottery

A STOP IN THE TOWN OF DELFT TO VISIT ITS FAMOUS ROYAL DELFT FACTORY: Mention Delft and the iconic Delft Blue pottery immediately springs to mind. Delft was a stop on our tour of Belgium and the Netherlands and I was particularly pleased that we were finally visiting this town that is famous the world […]

An Overnight Stop at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

HOTEL REVIEW: MöVENPICK HOTEL AMSTERDAM CITY CENTRE IS NOT AS CENTRAL AS THE NAME IMPLIES: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is a 408-room 4-star hotel belonging to the Mövenpick hotel chain. Although the name of the hotel implies a city centre location, Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is actually not in central Amsterdam. The hotel […]

A Touch of Luxury at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

HOTEL REVIEW – OUR 3-DAY STAY AT THE HOTEL OKURA AMSTERDAM WAS MOST ENJOYABLE: Hotel Okura Amsterdam is a 300-room luxury hotel in the trendy De Pijp district, south of the city centre. This modern five-star hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, a luxury hotel consortium. We stayed here for […]

Van der Valk Hotel Middleburg

Van der Valk Hotel

HOTEL REVIEW: GREAT “LIVE COOKING” BUFFET DINNER AT THE VAN DER VALK HOTEL: On route from Luxembourg to Rotterdam, we stopped at the Van der Valk Hotel Middleburg for one night. This 4-star modern Middleburg hotel is a part of the well-established Van der Valk Hotel group which is the largest hospitality chain in the […]

A Unique Visit to FloraHolland Aalsmeer

Aalsmeer Auction Centre

AALSMEER IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS “THE FLOWER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD”: On a recent trip to Amsterdam we visited the FloraHolland Auction Centre in Aalsmeer (Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer). FloraHolland is the largest flower auction centre in the world and they handle about 60% of the international trade in plants and flowers. Their Aalsmeer site is […]

Volendam – A Quaint Village in North Holland

Volendam

VOLENDAM – A CHARMING AND PICTURESQUE FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE: Volendam is a quaint village in North Holland that is well known for its old fishing boats, bustling waterfront and the traditional Dutch costumes that a handful of residents still wear. This charming and picturesque town was once an artists’ retreat and Picasso and Renoir both spent […]