Going for a beer in the Netherlands
by Jctravel1983 on December 31, 2010
In Vlissingen was the Ark of Noah. A big ship as we know from the Bible stories. He sails to the Netherlands and stops in some place so that people are able to ship to view the ship. And on a beautiful Saturday morning we went there because we were on holiday in Vlissingen.Adress Noah's Ark FoundationPrins Hendrikkade 241721AK Broek op LangedijkPriceAdults 5 euros per person.Children under 12 years are 3 euros per person.Children under 2 are free.HoursFrom Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 17.00 pm. Closed on Sundays.ParkingThere are two parking lots near the Ark of Noah, you can always find a spot. It is both paid parking only. DisabledIt is very wheelchair friendly here. You can get on all floors via a lift.ToiletsThere are also toilets on board. On several levels there is a toilet. They look clean and wholesome.PaymentYou can pay with different options, including: Cash, debit card, Mastercard or Visa Card. RestaurantOn the top floor, on the deck, there is also a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy the view. Here you can buy anything like a drink or chips and cookies and a small sandwich. The arkThe man who built the Ark is Johan Huibers. In 1992 he had a dream in which he saw the Netherlands disappearing under a lot of water. Here he thought he could recreate the Ark so he could save people and animals. In 2005 he started building the Ark and in April 2007 he finally opened the doors of the Ark so that we, the people, he could see. The Ark is big, very big. You can use a sturdy bridge to get on the Ark. If you are indoors you will be welcomed by two adult elephants and two baby elephants.. You must turn left, because there is the cash register. Have you paid then you can walk through.There are no guided tours, so you can walk on you own. But actually there is a kind of tour, as large prints on the floor of an animal stuck and if you follow the right direction then you really against everything from bottom to top and back.There are four floors where you can see so many things. Everywhere there are animals, small to large. The footpaths are at the side, top bars, everywhere. And there are also areas where films / documentaries to watch about the Ark of Noah. AnimalsThe animals look real big in life. Sheep, tigers, hippos are really the size of what they really ares. Some look really lifelike, such as stuffed animals, but like the sheep, elephants, tigers are hard surface and can thus easily see that it is not real. And you really see many different animals and there is even a real bird aviary with birds are so real.My opinionWe are not people who read the Bible, etc., although I find some stories are beautiful to see, especially the Noah's Ark with animals and because it had to do, I wanted to see this Ark. We had great fun and you can even touch the animals. Great for a morning of entertaining.
Fort Rammekens.A large fortress on the edge of the Westerschelde. This Fort is already for centuries in the province of Zeeland Holland and everyone knows it. It is located in the village Ritthem and that is about 8 km from Vlissingen, about 4 km from East Souburg and about 6 km away from Middelburg. The Fort is situated in a large nature reserve, where various animals and plants live.PricesAdults 3 euroChildren 2 euroSeniors 2 euroAddressFort Rammekens has no address, since there is no street, just a place, Ritthem. But the Fort Rammekens is of the Zeeland MuZEEum, so if you want to know anything about it you have to go there. DirectionsFort Rammekens is almost along the highway A58. You go to Vlissingen, but before you come to a junction Ritthem you turn off and drive towards Ritthem. You are now on the Ritthemsestraat and then take the second exit and then you can go straight. Then you drive straight ahead and actually see to get at the Fort Rammekens.Winter seasonIn winter Fort Rammekens is closed. In Easter the Fort is usually open again for a new season around October and then he is closed again. But in recent years they do have the Christmas tours of the fort. Guided toursYou can see it on your own, but you can also take a tour to see everything and then some things explained about how or what and what happened in that time, you also go into the woods what's next door, because the forest also has something to do with the Fort Rammekens.ExhibitionsAt Fort Rammekens you have casemates and here you also can view several exhibitions. There is always an exhibition on the history of the fort and another runs a film about the inundation of Walcheren by the Allies in 1944. And in between are many different exhibitions of artists.NatureAt Fort Rammekens is a special nature reserve. The Fort has a unique flora and fauna in and around it. Because the Fort Rammekens is so remote, it is an ideal place for animals and plants. At the Fort wall plants grow in the Fort are many different kinds of bats. And around the Fort there is a forest and meadow, where also various animals and plants hiding.My opinionWe find it a very nice fort. You can learn a lot about the past and what it has served. Do you really want to know more, than you must join the tours with them, you learn all about how or what and it is really very interesting. The environment is great. Everywhere is forest and sea. What I only regret is that you simply have to pay even if you do not want to tour. There are other forts in Zeeland and they are just freely available, but you have to pay. Too bad, especially if you just want to stand on the Fort and just want to enjoy the view, because that is truly magnificent. But on the other hand, you get those few dollars are good and interesting information about the Fort.
Tuesday we visited the petting zoo and Wednesday we went to the Iguana Reptile Zoo in Vlissingen. I heard a lot about this place from family but never been myself and I expected there not too much, and being on the outside, it seemed very small.But inside was nothing less true. When you go in you are amazed of how big is really is.AnimalsWhat animals can you find going on in Iguana? A great diversity of reptiles and insects in each case. All kinds of snakes, from toddlers to big constrictors such as pythons and anacondas, turtles (both sea and land turtles), iguanas and lizards, salamanders, frogs, toads, spiders, stick insects and leaves, grasshoppers, bugs and a scorpion.Not only was so fun to look around, it was also very instructive. On each cage / box is a card bearing the name of the animal in Dutch, French, English, German and Latin and a map of the world with them indicating where the animal occurs (almost never here in the Netherlands) and details about the animal. So you can see immediately if the animal is toxic for example.Throughout the zoo also hang signs containing information about reptiles and insects. On a very large sign was also information about frogs and how they were prepared. Then I had to swallow a bit and really was not fine. She also asked people not to order frogs legs in a restaurant and in this way they make people aware of the suffering. So great!The showcase of abuse and bad taste had some items that were made of turtles, crocodiles and snakes, such as bags, clothing, shoes and belts. These things are for example at the airport seized and exhibited to warn people for these things. There was also the number of animals for a bag, skirt or pair of shoes were slaughtered and it does make you think.A very nice part of the zoo was part of the incubators and the young animals. On each tray was exactly when the eggs were laid or when the animals were born. So there were several small snakes and baby turtles. The various tadpoles were fun to watch.In the main hall was a large sculpture of a crocodile and a large Galapagos Tortoise on a scale. That you could stand to see if your family was as heavy or heavier than a turtle. From the ceiling hung a turtle and later in a display case had some great stuffed animals. So for example you could see how big the world's largest scorpion or path has been.On the walls were painted all sorts of snakes. Tiger of Anacondas and Pythons in smaller snakes also occur in the Netherlands. So you can see exactly how big these snakes can be a python, and when you see painted on 10 meters (so for you it is better to estimate than in mind) you have to have to swallow.After more than two hours we arrived at the souvenir shop and the cinema. The shop of course, and he wanted to play two small crocodile and I've got a very soft stuffed turtle.My opinionAlthough everything looks old (Iguana has been 25 years this year and I think there all the time, little is being done, there is a lot of care in the informative part and the great diversity of animals. You know where to look and, sometimes even brutally, faced with all sorts of educational things.The disadvantage is the large amount of stairs to go up and down. You become totally disillusioned at some point and then you have no idea where you are in the buidling. You go through old cellars and attics, and if you do not the signs with the route, you can pretty as you get lost. Fortunately there are many employees in the building so you can always ask anything. For information about the animals you can contact them and the information was with us in every surgical case.AdressBellamy Park 31-35,4381 CH Flushing.0118-417219Opening hoursSunday and Monday afternoon open from 13.00 - 17.00 hoursTuesday-Saturday from 10.00 to 17.00 hours.The Reptile closes at 17.30 hoursFrom October 1 until June 1 only open in the afternoon!Prices12 years and over: € 7.50 per person4 to 11 years on production of 65 + pa: € 6.00 per person0 to. 3 years: Free (under supervision)AccessibilityIguana is not accessible to people in wheelchairs or scooters. You go from top to bottom of stairs and no elevator. They are there working at the building in the future accessible to the disabled.
GeneralThis restaurant in downtown near Best Western Grand Hotel Arion and is a wok restaurant. We immediately went in here to make a reservation for that evening because we wanted to go to the cinema. Fortunately there was a table free at 17.00 (at 20.00 we had gone). No sooner said than done, at the stroke of 17.00 hours we arrived with a big appetite at this restaurant. According to a note on the door there was a special offer in the months from February to March-April.An arrangement for € 18.95, unlimited food, including drinks (NL distilled, all non alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea) without time limit. For children up to twelve years it was 10 euro.Opening timesHours 12.00 to 15.00 (lunch)and from 17.00 - 22.00, regular price 17.50 EUR per person excluding drinks.ReceptionThe reception was not that good. We were not told where we could hang up our jackets, so we had to hang our jackets at the back of our chairs. Explaining the wok itself was not given, there was no written explanation, such a paper placemat or a menu card. Pity, because every restaurant has its own "rules", so for example at one restaurant you can order your soup and in the other restaurant you have to fetch it yourself.Anyway, we started ourself, and after a brief look at the available soups (tomato and shark fin soup), we decided to skip.WoksFor vegetarians there is a variety of vegetables, including:5 different types of mushrooms, green beans, carrots, paprika, pick-soi, onion, leek, cauliflower, broccoli, bean sprouts, snow peas, I saw further includes chicken, pork, beef and other beef, three kinds of shrimp, squid, surimi. There are signs for the wok so you can fill with a selection from this collection of food, so go to the buffet where two chefs are not too happy waiting for you. Your food is short "al dente" cooked and then fried with a sauce of your choice, the choice is between:Sweet and sour sauce, garlic, curry sauce, soy sauce, tausisaus, oyster sauce and a few sauces. There is indicated with pepper sauce or whether mild, spicy or extra spicy is.Teppan-YakiBesides the wok is also the possibility of teppan-yaki (Japanese grill plate) to use. On the side of the teppan-yaki a choice can be made from zucchini and onion slices, mushrooms, beef, pork, chicken and prawns. The meat pieces are too big for teppan-yaki and everything came to a similar, definitely not bad, but monotonous, taste of the grill plate.Hot BuffetYou can at the "hot" buffet complete your food with fried rice, noodles, white rice, noodles or Chinese noodles. Furthermore, are standard-pangang babi, sate (sauce) (not spicy), fried banana, egg rolls and a few other meats. There are fries (were cold) and four or five types of snacks. There was some sushi (five species counted) and salad.My experienceFirst I tried the curry sauce, which had the + sign so it should be spicy and definitely very good flavor but it was not spicy as much to impress me. The fried rice and Chinese noodles were certainly good hot and tasty. My partner was enjoying the garlic, which I then tried, and which, unlike the indicator, was much sharper in taste than my curry sauce. But I like the garlic taste was sharp and also perfectly fine, not overwhelming but very clearly the strong base of this sauce.Regarding this wok part, it would be nice to have the "bragging" signs to grant smaller size because it is different, which is difficult to assess what portion you wish for yourself, and so sometimes you have food waste. My partner has time to sign a teppan-yaki daring, which I've eaten the zucchini and onion, as I said, large pieces (as teppan-yaki should be very small). For dessert there was a choice of five types of ice: lawyer, walnuts, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. There was fruit (canned), including: melon, peach, pineapple. Two sauces: strawberry and chocolate and cream buses themselves freely to decorate your ice cream or fruit. I went for the chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce, definitely recommended!
by Jctravel1983 on November 15, 2012
Dutch people love their brown bars and most Dutch people will prefer a beer than any other drink. Dutch people aren’t really cocktails lovers and for that reason they have become great experts when it comes to beer. In Amsterdam you can find a lot of bars like this one called ‘In de Wildeman’. Located in the city center it’s housed in a large old building. The building was originally used as a distillery and for the last hundreds of years but now has been turned into a bar. The bar was a really typical Dutch look with dark brown colors with dark brown furniture. When you walk in you can see the large bar with behind it many different kind of beers. You can get the real Dutch experience with trying out different kind of local beers. There are also a lot of Belgian and German beers. The atmosphere is very cozy but there is for example no music playing in the background. I recommend that there are a lot of regulars here at this bar mixed with tourists from all over the world. It really has a good buzz when you walk in.A great bar with lots of options to try out different kind of beer.
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