Netherlands Journals

A Dutch Treat: My Adventures in The Netherlands.

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A September 2001 trip to Netherlands by Wildcat Dianne

Dutch Open Air Museum (Openluchtmuseum) Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: My friend Monique Moerland and I visited some of the sights in The Netherlands that are usually ignored by most tour groups. Here is a journal on the Anne Frankhuis, the open air museum in Arnhem, and a fun night at the Ottoland Farm near Vianen.

A Dutch Treat: My Adventures in The Netherlands.

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Games Night at the Ottoland Farm, Vianen. Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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The Netherlands is a small country in Northern Europe bordered by the North Sea, Germany, Belgium, and France. It is a country that most people call Holland, but its correct name is the Netherlands, and Holland is just its biggest province. I took a short visit to The Netherlands in September 2001 to see my friend Monique Moerland and her husband Piet and two daughters, Manouk and Jiska and to explore some of the popular sights there along with some of the lesser-known sights not seen by most tour groups. 1. The Anne Frankhuis (Anne Frank House) was Priority 1 in my visit to Amsterdam since I have read Anne's diary many times along with countless other pieces of literature a...Read More

Dutch Open Air Museum (Openluchtmuseum)

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Attraction | "Dutch Open Air Museum"

Dutch Open Air Museum (Openluchtmuseum) Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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My friend Monique and I took a day trip from her home near Utrecht to the Dutch Open Air Museum near Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands. Arnhem is a city of 300,000 people whose claim to fame is the bridge that was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. In September 1944, an Anglo-American force parachuted into the Netherlands to try to liberate the country from the German occupation. The Allies were outmatched by strong German forces, and Arnhem was one of the coveted locations by the Allies and German forces. Eventually, the Germans forced the Anglo-American forces from the Netherlands, and only the southern half of the Netherlands was liberated at that time....Read More

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Dutch Open Air Museum (Openluchtmuseum)
Outside Arnhem
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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Attraction | "A Boat Tour Around the Canals of Amsterdam."

Amsterdam Canal Cruises Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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After touring the Anne Frankhuis and a hearty lunch at one of Amsterdam's restaurants, Monique and I had time before heading back to her home in Vianen to tour the canals of Amsterdam via one of the many glass domed tour boats located throughout the city. The canals of Amsterdam are plentiful and are a source of living and commerce for the city of Amsterdam. Monique and I found a tour company near the Anne Frankhuis that cost about $10 USD for each of us, and we paid and waited for the next available boat to come in from touring the canals with another bunch of tourists. After a few minutes, the next boat arrived and as Monique and I boarded, our pictures were taken by a photographer to be b...Read More

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Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam

Ottoland Farm, Vianen. Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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While The Netherlands lacks in mountains, they have plenty of flat lands, and farms dot the countryside all over the country. My friend Monique Moerland lives in the town of Vianen, which is about a half hour from Amsterdam by train and just south of the medieval town of Utrecht. I visited Monique, her husband Piet, and two adorable daughters Manouk and Jiska at their home in Vianen in September 2001. While Manouk was in school and Jiska was at day care or being taken care of by her grandparent, Monique was able to take me around some of the sights of the Netherlands. One night, Monique took me to a games night at the Ottoland Farm outside of Viane...Read More

The Anne Frankhuis (Anne Frank House)

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The Entrance to the Anne Frankhuis. Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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Location: Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Admission Price: About $7 USD Hours of Operation: 9 am to 9 pm daily. Our food is miserably poor. dry bread and coffee substitute for breakfast. Dinner spinach or lettuce for 14 days on end. Potatoes twenty centimeters long and tasting sweet and rotten. Whoever wants to slim should stay in the 'Secret Annex.'--Anne Frank, diary entry from 27 April 1943. The Anne Frankhuis is a very fascinating and haunting look into the life of Anne Frank, the young Dutch Jewish girl, who with her family and four family friends hid in this attic Secret Annex from Nazi persecution for 25 months from 6 July 1942 u...Read More