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Holland Getaway to Kaag Island

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A March 2000 trip to Netherlands by Irene

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Quote: Just 20 minutes from teeming Amsterdam, Kaag Island, complete with car ferry access, was a soothing, cool, food and flower filled respite from Holland's cosmopolitan capital.

Holland Getaway to Kaag Island

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Overview

The Ferry at Kaag Island Photo,
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After leaving the Kaag Island ferry, to the left was a small road that lead to our favorite village Lisse, a gem of local flavor, located in the middle of the bulb district (a must see). We motored through the mass of flowering fields on highway 206 more than once and stopped in bustling Lisse to enjoy the local fair of the Cafe-Snackbar-Tasttoe. The Twwe Willigan (Two Willows) Restuarant back home on Kaag Island impressed us with Salmon and the finest filets. To the west near Utrecht, fairy tale Kasteel de Haar, three miles from the city of Maarssen, inspired a whole afternoon with medival steeples, a mossy moat and a sparkling garden for strolling.Quick Tips: Do not take your car into the l...Read More

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Hotel | "Hotel Orion"

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Split down the middle, the village of Kaag is located on a rugged little island and perched on a sliver of mainland connected by a car ferry. Down the main lane of the island, on the left past the only church, is the Hotel Orion. Having been a sailing school dormitory at one time, the hotel has a three story rustic and glass foundation. Inside the foyer leading into the bar cafe adorned with the hull of a dingy as the actual polished bar, was reception. Our room was on the second floor and was reached by circular metal staircase on the outside in the middle of the hotel. The landing was wire mesh with metal railing and another flight of stairs leading to the third floor. Two doors down, we entered o...Read More

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Dee Twee Wilgen(The Two Willows)

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Restaurant

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People do not do much driving on this island except when they want to get off, so Dee Twee Wilgen was only a short stroll down Julianalaan(main drag) after taking right at the split in the narrow road just around the corner from the farmer.( the only house with barn and cows) On the right about a hundred yards down this clustered path was the perky sign of the Two Willows and we entered by a side door that all but disappeared into the wall. Once inside the door, we were inside in the middle of it all. Immedialtely to the left was the kitchen mastered by lofty man who we found out could swing a wonderful skillet. On the left was the short narrow door to the eight table eating area, although we cou...Read More

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De Haar Castle (Kasteel de Haar)

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Attraction | "Kasteel de Haar"

De Haar Castle (Kasteel de Haar) Photo, Haarzuilens, Utrecht
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10 kilometers northwest of Utrecht, 3 miles west of Maarssen, near the village of Haarzuilens rests the 15th century style Kasteel de Haar, and some say the biggest castle in The Netherlands. As we left Utrecht and followed the information signs to De Haar we passed through some the most beautiful of Holland's polders(land between the canals and windmills) and sneaked up on the village of Haarzuilens with all the tourist parking lots and direction sign just to left with a big metal gate. Being March we were minus the tourists and had the parking lot to ourselves while no one seemed to be at the huge wooden gate which was open to the immense lush gardens with the castle tucked in the side behind a d...Read More

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De Haar Castle (Kasteel de Haar)
Kasteellaan 1
Haarzuilens, Netherlands 3455
+31(0)30 6778515

Following the Bollenstreek(Bulb Route)

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Bulb Fields Photo,
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West of Amsterda, south of Haarlem to Leiden, is one of the natural wonders of the world. One of the few places on this earth where they mow down blooming tulips, dafodills, hyacinths by the field. But before the growers sliced their way through all that beauty along the 25 miles on highway 208 between Haarlem and Leiden, we took a cruise through the collection of bulb growers fields, Bollenstreek (bulb field district). Most of the 38 miles of signposted district was easy to find and we started our trip at Lisse on highway 208, about halfway between the starting points. Outside the busy town center of Lisse north along 208 on the way to Hillegon we found bustling farms and then with a burst of ye...Read More