Netherlands Journals

Autumnal Holland 2012

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A September 2012 trip to Netherlands by koshkha

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Another collection of reviews about the country I visit more than any other. This time several are from outside Amsterdam which should make a nice change

De Hoop Op d'Swarte Walvis

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Restaurant | "The Hope of a Good Dinner "

De Hoop Op d'Swarte Walvis Photo, Zaanse Schans, Netherlands
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Dinner at the Restaurant de Hoop Op de Swarte Walvis came at the end of an afternoon looking around the Zaanse Schans historic park with 60 colleagues from all over Europe. As strange corporate ‘events’ go, looking at windmills and cheese making beats building rafts but not by too much. Rather than bus us back to our hotel in Zaandam, the organizers had booked us the main dining room at the historic restaurant in the heart of Zaanse Schans.The restaurant’s name is fascinating and translates as something like ‘the restaurant of the hope of the black whale’. There’s no explanation offered but you can’t help but start to imagine what that might mean. Is it the hopes of the whale ("Yum, I hope...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 3, 2012

De Hoop Op d'Swarte Walvis
Kalverringdijk 15
Zaandam, Netherlands 1509
075-6165629

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam

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Hotel | "Adventures in Psychedelic Legoland"

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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When I heard that work had arranged a big meeting in a hotel in Zaandam, a town to the north of Amsterdam, I can't say that my heart leapt with excitement. I'd been to Zaandam twice before and it's fair to say it hadn't impressed me much, especially the time I'd stayed in the Golden Tulip Hotel, one of the worst hotels I've ever visited that cost more than £10 a night. I asked the secretary who'd booked the hotel "Is it the one that looks like it was designed by a kid with too much Lego?" and she confirmed that indeed it was. The good thing about Zaandam is that it's easy to get to and to subsequently get back from if you're travelling through Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Trains run from ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2012

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
Provincialeweg 102
Zaandam, Netherlands
075 6311711

Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills

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Attraction | "The Windmill Zoo part One"

Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Every since I was 14 years old and went to the fabulous Skansen museum island in Stockholm I have loved places that bring together old heritage buildings and let the public wander around, peering into the past and seeing how people lived in long ago times. Consequently I only have to hear that there’s such a place in an area that I’m going to visit to want to go and nose around. My visit to Zaanse Schans was therefore an unexpected surprise during a recent visit to Holland. The company for whom I work had pulled together all the colleagues who work in my function from around the region for what was supposed to be a business meeting/team building event but turned out – for one afternoon and evening at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2012

Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills
Schansend 1
Zaandam, Netherlands 1509
+31 (0)75 681 00 00

Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills

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Attraction | "The Windmill Zoo Part Two"

Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The guide explained that the further we got from the river, the more humble the houses would be and it was clear that this was so. The riverfront properties were those of wealthy merchants, and the tiny houses furthest away were homes to farming families. Some were so tiny that the organisation that runs the village had been worried that they couldn’t rent out such small properties. I wasn’t paying full attention – I wandered off to talk to some ducks – but I think the guide said they just built an enormous shed on the side of the house to give the tenants a bit more space thus characterising a local philosophy of ‘small house big shed’. We also had various features pointed out to us as we went around...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2012

Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills
Schansend 1
Zaandam, Netherlands 1509
+31 (0)75 681 00 00

De Gasterij

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Hotel | "Like staying with friends (but better)"

De Gasterij Photo, Culemborg, Gelderland
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Our Dutch friends Ineke and Marit spent almost a year planning their joint 50th birthday party. We were forewarned back in January and immediately booked flights to be able to join them. One condition of our going was that we would not stay with them this time – Marit can be a bit ‘high strung’ and predicted that she would be far too stressed to have company that weekend so it was agreed that they would find us somewhere to stay nearby. That way the hostesses could do what they needed to do and we could relax, out of their way, and let them get on with it. They went online to search for accommodation in the lovely Gelderland town of Culemborg where they live. The place they chose for us was ‘de Gaste...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2012

De Gasterij
Kleine Kerkstraat 10
Culemborg, Netherlands

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koshkha

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Northampton, United Kingdom