The province North of Holland is located just above Amsterdam and has some great cities to visit.
by Jctravel1983 on January 17, 2011
To conclude the end of the holiday we went to the farmer's club play in Haarlem. A fun activity for a large group of people in the outdoors in a relaxed way to entertain. Boerengolf in Haarlem Address: Song Farm Liedeweg 32 2065 AJ Haarlem Tel. 023-5313919 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.liedehoeve.nl The farm is situated in the leisure Spaarnewoude in the North of Holland. It is a family business with many cows and sheep, with 30 acres of pasture. How to find it? Driving on the Amsterdam canal (A200), take the exit Haarlem / Waarderpolder and Keep to the left, exit Haarlem. You are now driving parallel to the Amsterdam canal. Then you drive straight to Hotel / Restaurant 'de Malts. There you go left, under the A200, across the rail track and continue straight. After about 500 meters is located on the right Song Farm. ReservationsReservations are required, this can be through phone or Internet. ParkingYou can park on the farm, you come with a large group than it is quite full and you have all sorts of back and forth between cars and scour the yard again downwards. The gameBoerengolf (famers golf) looks like normal golf. You hit a ball with a stick and tries to go from hole to hole with as few strokes as possible to make the entire trail. You play with groups of up to 5 people. Each group has a left and a right golf club. The club consists of a rod with a small lump at the bottom. The ball is about the size of a handball. The course consists of 10 holes, plotted in various fields with ditches separated. A hole is marked by a blue flag on a stick with underneath a bucket buried. To turn, turn the ball toward the hole and you try each group in as few strokes as possible to make the entire trail. The distance between the holes varies from 50 to 150 meter. The terrain is very uneven and in many places the grass is very high. There are many cow patties in the pasture, manure is also on land treatment. When you come to play this game you have to be not in your best clothes. The barn can figure out your boots and pick which is not a luxury. During the game you pass many animals, we were in the evening and rabbits hopped around in the pasture. The farmer had his herd of cows in the pasture. Around you could see sheep and lambs in the pasture next door, there are many grassland birds. Cost: Adults: 8 euro’s Children up to 10 years 4 euro’sGroups of 20 or 7 euro’s Arrangements: • On arrival coffee and tea with cake 3 euro’s per person • Drink at pasture with a tractor delivered 2 euro each • After several drinks 1.75 euro’s • Picnicking is available, prices ranging between 8.75 and 17.75 euro My experienceWe were received by the farmer in a large barn. There could everyone change their shoes for boots. The farmer explained the game and held a nice story about you or the concave or convex side of the shoe had to beat. We were brought to the meadow. Each group had a form with writing down, which is also about the location of the 10 holes was drawn. On the form you need by state tally of how many hits you travelled the trail. As I wrote before you skip over ditches and often is the ball in the water. With the stick you have the ball or get out again. Yourself you do not have to jump the ditch, there are small, sometimes shaky, bridges over the ditches made. It takes about 1 ½ hours for the entire route to go. After you in the big barn on another wait. There are toilets and a sink to wash your hands. No luxury after all the cow poop! In the barn you can buy drinks cans and there are chairs to sit on. It was a nice getaway for a large group of people, after 1 ½ hours, however, you are ready, so what else you have to come up with to fill the evening. I thought it was fun to do and can also recommend others do. I liked the extra selection between all these animals to walk.
Coming from the sea towards the district of North is Pier Velsen to your left, in the dunes, great works of art are made of steel, with a backdrop of Corus's blast furnaces. The sculpture park is managed by Foundation Sculpture "A Sea of Steel." Secr. Mayor Roth Street 94 CG 1949 Wijk aan Zee Tel. 0251 374643 The sculpturesThe sculptures are at the former campsite Roland Dune. The park is free. Every first Sunday of the month at 14.00 hours is a guided tour. In July and August every Sunday. There are currently 13 structures on site. Eleven pieces are placed in 1999 on the occasion of the celebration of "Cultural village of Europe 1999". This title had Wijk aan Zee on their own initiative to itself under the motto 'the city is declining, the village is all the rage. There was a temporary exhibition arranged with eleven international artists were invited to a work of art in steel. The artworks were created within four weeks. The artists made sketches of the art object that they wanted to make. Corus offered material and technical assistance to the artists and the space to the art to make. They were able to work with heavy machinery. Some used new material, others preferred to use scrap iron from the waste pits. When it was finally decided that the permanent exhibition was in 2003, two Dutch artists were asked to do a job there. Titles of the art • Playing Waves • Above the waves • The sound of the sea • House of the Sea • White Rhythm • Esperanza • Angel • Empty eyes • The Messenger • The Trap • Towers • Insh'Allah • Untitled The artists come from the countries Denmark, Germany, England, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Netherlands. Ten years after the opening of Sea of Steel, Queen Beatrix has unveiled a new artwork, The Gate. This artwork was created by artist Rudi van de Wint (2006 deceased). The fence was made by the sons of Rudi. It is a new entrance to the park and only an artistic function, the port does not affect the site. Queen Beatrix has always admired the art of Rudi van de Wint. He painted the ceiling of the Noordeinde Palace, murals made in the plenary hall of the House and a monument commemorating the disaster in Tenerife, what spot to see. My opinion I found it really fun to see. The sculptures are distributed in a dune area. Some are high on a hill and another down a hill. To see everything, you would just walk and climb some hills. One sculpture told me more than others. The sound of the sea I found it fun, there are all pieces of steel poles, as the wind noise past it. Even in rain and hail this seems to be fun, it gives other sounds. Esperanza I also beautifully made, you can clearly see that the wife is heavily pregnant. What love is all natural personal. It's nice to see that each artist made something completely different and inspirational. "A Sea of Steel" is fun to try to go, you're close to sea and land Paasdal mini golf, so you always like to combine for a longer trip.
Spa Sauna Diemen AdresOuderkerkerlaan 6 1112 BE Diemen Phone: 020 6980940 Opening Hours Monday to Friday 12.00-23.00 Saturday and Sunday 13.00-23.00 Wednesday is Ladies Day, PricesSauna bath for TSD members. € 15.50 Sauna bath Mon to Fri v.a. 12.00 pm € 15.50 Sauna bath after 16.00 € 18.50 Sauna bath to 12 yrs (Sun. <17.00) € 15.50 Accessibility & Parking The road is quite easy to find with the signs. The sauna is linked to a sports hall and there is a big parking lot next to it. This sauna is located in the middle of a residential area and despite the very high walls sheltered sitting up you notice the noise from outside. Entrance & Reception To enter in Diemen sauna, you have to press a bell, because the door is locked. Then you get into a hall where a small reception desk and a staircase. The space with dark wood finish and also making a darker atmosphere. We are welcomed by itself suggests a man who does not often stand behind the reception. Nevertheless, the parking dispensation was arranged quickly and now he looks fast for our reservation. There will be unfortunately not an explanation where to go, so we follow a host who often comes up the stairs to the dressing room. Facilities Top of the stairs is a small hall which is the locker room. Their is also the room where the tanning beds are placed in small individual spaces. The dressing room is divided into two rooms and equipped with 26 large and 40 small safes, similar to school lockers. In the centre is a couch and the tile is clean. Unfortunately, the space can use a renovation, the ceiling was dirty and broken in some places, safe deposit boxes are outdated. At the end of the locker room is a quiet room with water beds, a room where the masseur has. There is a shower room with hot water and salt scrub, an infrared sauna and a door to the roof. On the roof terrace there are a number of sun beds, half an infrared sauna and Finnish sauna. A staircase inside or an outside staircase to get in that part of the sauna that is on the ground floor. If you go down the stairs to walk up to a door leading to the small restaurant. If you go right down the stairs to get to the sauna square. Here are a bath and Finnish sauna. In addition, a pool, two whirlpools and hot plunge pool. There is also a cold room for cooling to a sauna bath. From the square, sauna, restaurant or the staircase from the roof terrace you come to a small courtyard where a long stone table with two state banks. Plants grow on the walls and the patio is equipped with green plants and colourful flowers. The restaurant In appearance, this small restaurant what outdated, dark wooden bar, old sofas and dining tables with wooden chairs give it a bit dark and old-looking face. The couches are also tasty and good as you can relax in the sauna between rounds. You can order at the bar, the lady behind the bar also manages the reception desk. There is an open passage from the bar to the entrance, but here you have little burden as a guest. We have enjoyed a morning cup of coffee and a sandwich. The sandwiches were very generously filled rolls and on the board was also sufficiently salad. Our evening meal consisted of a salad, which we both opted for the smoked chicken. Because there is not on the card that salad would sit I forgot to report that I have an allergy to eggs. When the cook came to serve and I still was asked a few minutes brought a new salad with extra chicken and without the salad. Although I am not like the greens we have really enjoyed this dinner. Definitely a top chef who arranges the meals. Treatment According to the voucher we had a facial for both of us won. Immediately upon booking has been reported to me that unfortunately, the beauty would not be present, but that we replace a hot stone massage could. No problem for us, it was all the fun that was with him. We were nicely set up for 15.00, when was the first of us to sit on the bench. There was a massage table and 2 tables with some stuff on it. The room was bright colours and it was nice to stay. During the massage were used both as a regular hot stone massage. Sat there for even a foot massage, the masseuse took account of my bruised right ankle. We both really enjoyed this treatment. Hygiene In terms of hygiene, I have little to notice. Everything was clean and looked neat. The only point is that attention to the toilet I visited no bag in the barrel Sat Issues What I really regret I feel that this sauna for disabled people are not very many opportunities. I do not know if there is a lift but the stairs to the pool and whirlpool are also not easy for people who have difficulty walking. Furthermore it is not very large, which move with a wheelchair or walker in my view would be not easy. Another point I still would like to mention that a lot of maintenance must find it a lot better to show. Both the dressing room and restaurant on the roof and the beds are needed for replacement or maintenance. My opinion I recommend this sauna? Yes, despite the points as mentioned above, this is a great fun for an evening sauna or enjoy a morning. The existing staff are very friendly, no step is too much and they are all questions answered immediately. We have a great day and enjoyed it. However, we both believe that the sauna is not where you go for a whole day but for several hours find great atmosphere. We enjoyed the hot whirlpools that were at the proper temperature, the cold plunge pool that was nice and good hot saunas. This is unfortunately the temperature indicated on the outside, it would still be an improvement. All in all we have here a nice day!
by Jctravel1983 on May 18, 2011
The Marine Museum in Den Helder is located near the ferry port, where ships got to the island of Texel. Den Helder is located on the northern tip of the province Noord holland the so-called Kop van Holland.You drive past the Marine Museum, if you want to go to the ferry terminal. When we were looking for a parking lot we saw the museum. You find the museum almost automatically when you drive toward ferry dock, but it is also signposted. On the site there are a sufficient number of free parking. Coming by train in, one is from the station about 15 minutes on the road or take bus number 33 which stops outside the museum.The museum consists of several buildings and museum ships. With the ticket you have access to all areas. The Marine Museum is part of the Royal Navy and therefore of course tells the story of the Royal Navy but also the previous history before the Navy got its royal status. Furthermore, you can visit three museum ships: a U-boat, a ram and a minesweeping ship. There are also temporary exhibitions in another building and an exhibition of naval technology. Overall, this is actually a pretty big museum, for which one should take even 4 to 5 hours time, if you look at all like.Building one can be seen from the street, next to the submarine. Entering the museum is via a staircase (there are also elevators). Before that one gets past the cloakroom and the toilets. At the checkout, we were warmly welcomed and were given a plan of the premises. We were asked what country we came and got the plan so in English. First you get into an exhibition on the history of the Navy. On the basis of weapons, scale models of ships, uniforms and pictures the history of the Navy is told quite clearly. Information boards are to each exhibit, the information is in Dutch and English, the information is in English often terse, what may be difficult if you do not understand the Dutch terms. Overall, I found this part of the museum not as exciting because I'm not really looking for weapons and uniforms. Sure, it was clear that we would encounter in a naval museum on such exhibits, but I personally have other areas of the museum but then more interested.For example, the U-boat. This is called Tonijn (tuna) and dates from 1966. Even from outside the U-boat is very impressive, because it is just so huge. Inside you will learn how the crew lived there while you can move themselves through the boat and admire the original furniture. Through a hole on a ladder to climb down and is in the back of the boat. Here sits a person who has much to tell about the ship. My impression of the U-boat was firstly that it is incredibly tight and yet you could not expect privacy when you were at sea. That is 18 or more members of the crew shared a room to sleep it is hard when you see how close it is. And yet, if we apply the beds in four floors, then it fits somehow, but you do not want to sleep here. Only the captain had his own cabin. In the galley you can still read the menu and also a glimpse into the shower and toilet is highly recommended for sanitary facilities at the U-boat are a little different. An experience that should not be missed when one is in the museum, this U-boat in any case.Once you leave the U-boat, you will find yourself back in the parking lot. The other attractions are spread over the area and must be entered individually, of course, must also be shown the ticket again. Now we had two museum ships ahead of us. We first visited the mine sweeping vessel Crijnsen Abraham, which was built in 1936. There one could both run around on the deck and a look into the engine room to throw, which is reached by climbing down a steep staircase. In another room can watch a movie (in Dutch), which tells something about the history of the mine detector.Finally we visited the ram Schorpioen (Scorpio) in 1868. On this ship, you get to see very much. There are several decks, some of which are not set up original. So you can look at times, like the captain of the ship was set up, even with its own bath as well as all other rooms. On the ram is also the restaurant of the museum, where you can get delicious snacks at reasonable prices. When we were 5 hours in the museum, we enjoyed a break there, too.The Naval Museum was listed as a tip in our guide, so we decided to visit it and were not disappointed. Those who are interested in ships and life at sea is certainly not be disappointed here. While I enjoyed the tour of the three museum ships very well and also the issue of De Ruyter was interesting. It was worth the trip.
by Jctravel1983 on November 22, 2012
This restaurant was opened only a few months ago before we went here, so it was relatively now. You could almost smell the fresh paint but I think that was mostly just my imagination. We were invited by friends to go to this restaurant and mostly I think to promote the restaurant a little bit since family members of them own it. It didn’t really matter to us since it’s always a joy to meet with them.The restaurant is located in the north of the city center and just in the area where there is free parking which is a big plus when you arrive here with car. When you are depending on public transport you are a bit out of luck since it’s a good twenty minute walk from the main train station and I don’t think any busses stop nearby. You can always take a taxi of course.It’s a Italian restaurant. I quiet normally enjoy an Italian restaurant since I’m a big fan of lasagna and even a good old pizza. The restaurant looks from the outside very small and even when you walk in I was a bit surprised by the size of it. But I was even more amazed when I learned that this restaurant was three high and could seat easily a hundred people. It wasn’t that busy when we arrived here but maybe that had something to do with the fact it was a Tuesday night.Wooden tables. The Dutch people are I think in love with them. Just walk in a typical restaurant in The Netherlands and you will see wooden furniture. I have to say it gives a good atmosphere and a change would be nice. That’s been said there was a good almost romantic atmosphere at this restaurant. We were seated right near the front door but since they had created a little hallway when you enter, you don’t feel the cold air coming in when you are sitting at the table.The menu wasn’t that extensive. I think they had around 15 pizzas and 10 meat dishes and a few starters and desserts. It was a little bit disappointed but I still founded something that I liked the sound of. I went for my favorite lasagna which was reasonable priced at around 10 euro’s. The lasagna came in around half an hour and arrived in a large plate. It took me quiet long to finish the whole plate but it was simply delicious.I was very pleased with the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and there was a good atmosphere. I think the choices on the menu could have been a bit broader but overall it was ok.
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