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6 reasons to visit The Netherlands

There are a few choice places that tourists like to visit upon arriving in Amsterdam, but I encourage you to wander out of the big city and see what it’s like on the other side. See if you only ever visit the big cities, it’s impossible to truly experience everything a location has to offer. Not to say that you should not visit cities… They often have a vibrant variety of cultures that are easily accessible if time is limited.…

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The Keukenhof’s last day

The last day of the season, is what I mean. We’ve been so busy that we couldn’t attend until the very last day of the season. Disappointing, I know, since we missed out on lots of beautiful blooms, but there was still so much to see that we felt like we didn’t miss much! And just what exactly is the Keukenhof? Firmly situated in Lisse, it is one of the world’s largest gardens and has grown to house over 7 million…

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Irwindale’s Renaissance Faire

“It’s Americans pretending to be old Europeans.” I’m still laughing about how accurate that is. Sander had never been to anything like a Renaissance Faire. I had grown up attending, not every year but I was very familiar with what went down and how intense the whole Faire can be. Being in California, we’re all aware of how the heat can dominate the entire day. That being said, we slathered Sander in some heavy duty sunblock and hit the road with…

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Ice Skating in Haarlem

We’ve been meaning to go ice skating as soon as the winter season hit but it’s been a bit difficult. For the first time in our lives, both as singles and a couple, Sander and I have had a social life. We’ve been busy every weekend with either date plans or family plans. This past weekend we decided that procrastination would not get the better of us. The trip out to Haarlem and our destination, Kunstijsbaan Kennemerland, was short and…

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Sailing to Stavoren

Early in October, we received an invitation out to take a day trip to Stavoren. It’s a small coastal city which houses a population of around 1,000 people. Our hosts were Sander’s aunt and uncle and method of travel was something exciting! Sander’s uncle Renè owns a sailboat, complete with full mast and motor. The cabin can house up to 6 people and is pretty spacious down in the living quarters. Renè and Carla picke us up and together drove…

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Racing in Zandvoort

I never expected my first race to be in the rain at the end of the season. We were surrounded by die-hard fans who made the trek in the middle of October to the dunes of Zandvoort. This was the final race of the 2016 Autowasbon Mazda MaX5. Sander’s office sponsored one of the drivers and this was their time to come out to support them. The previous races of the year had been much further away but this one…

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The Efteling

The Efteling is an enchanted place, older than Disneyland, and filled with unforgettable stories from our childhoods. The park opened in 1952 and only included a walk through a fairy-tale forest, but as popularity grew, the theme park flourished. Much of The Efteling remained dedicated to the original idea begin the forest walk. Fairy-tale lore is sprinkled throughout the theme park. Much of it focuses much on European tales, save for a few attractions. We walked past Rapunzel’s tower, saw…

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Sea Life at The Hague

Scheveningen is a popular oceanside location nestled in the western coast of The Hague and home to the aquarium, Sea Life. It was one of the many aquariums we had planned on visiting but the only one we had time to see during our holiday. It’s a small and well maintained aquarium that seems to be popular during the touristy months. Since we came when the weather was less and than ideal, we didn’t have to wait long before we…

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Madurodam at the Hague

Madurodam is a war memorial for George Maduro, erected by his family in 1952, as a tribute to their only son. Maduro was a Jewish law student who fought against the Nazis as a part of the Dutch resistance. He was unfortunately captured and met his end in at the Dachau Concentration Camp. Madurodam showcased over 700 buildings that found in various regions of the Netherlands. Each building has been miniaturized to about 25x their original size. There are a…

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