Sitting on the confluence of the IJ and Spaarne rivers in the province of North Holland and today virtually a suburb of Haarlem, Spaarndam is a laid-back village of gabled houses strung along the dyke among a complicated system of locks and bridges between the two rivers.
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May 30, 2013
The Netherlands in summer offers blue skies and temperatures that average around 68°F (21°C), ideal for sitting in pavement cafés along the leafy canalsides and trundling around the canals on open-top boats between July and September.
May 2, 2013
The tulips are at last in full bloom in The Netherlands; the flowering season will peak in late April this year due to the chilly winter. Although not quite so ridiculously overpriced as they were in the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age, tulip bulbs are nevertheless fundamental to the Dutch economy in an industry worth around €25 billion in exports, and with nine billion bulbs grown every year.
April 18, 2013
When spring comes to The Netherlands everyone rejoices; the cold, dark days are over, much of the country bursts into a glorious patchwork of color and trees are in tentative green shoot as the sun creeps from behind the clouds.
April 5, 2013
The Netherlands still has royalty and mighty proud of Queen Beatrix they are too. The House of Orange-Nassau was founded in 1544 by William of Orange. It went through the usual topsy-turvy rebellions and wars, deaths and family challenges until everyone decided it was much simpler to be a Republic and those who would be kings took charge of the military – which actually gave them more power anyway.
March 21, 2013
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk is nine miles (15km) east of Rotterdam in The Netherlands and comprises 19 wooden Kinderdijk windmills – once there were 150 – and pumping stations dating from the 18th century, built to drain water from the surrounding polders as land was reclaimed from the North Sea. Firmly below sea level, the mills march in two rows towards the horizon on either side of the dyke, silhouetted against the flat, grassy landscape of South Holland.