Her Go-Alone Amsterdam...
Practice safe cycling...
Mitchell in Holland writes: Have no fear! With bicycle paths
along well lit streets, Holland is a great place for women
cyclists. Every Dutch bike has a bell. White reflective
tape lines the tires and most have self powered lights.
A dynamo is attached to the front tire which generates electricity
from the tire's motion. The faster one pedals, the brighter
the lights: sort of a windmill on wheels.
Extra Travel Tip:
Bicycle theft is a serious problem. Never leave your bike
unattended. There are also a lot of bicycles for sale on
the street. I suggest that you don't buy them -- these most
likely have just been stolen from someone who didn't lock
their bike properly.
Bloem in Huizen, Holland
writes: The advantage of Holland is that it's so small you
can do virtually anything on a day trip. For example, you
could go to Cologne, Germany on a day trip from Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, take a train to either Tilburg or Den Bosch, and
catch a bus to the Efteling, our #1 Dutch amusement park.
You'll have tons of fun and the staff all speak English, and
German, too. There are a lot of tourists, but you'll mostly
see thrilled Dutchies around. Check their website. It's very
If you don't like amusement
parks, go to Utrecht. Visit the Dom Toren, a tower from which
you can see the entire city. Go to Emmen, they have a nice
zoo, or to Burgers Bush Safari, near Arnhem, a zoo with an
ocean and a real bush. It's quite a lot of fun (http://www.burgerszoo.nl).
If you wanted to do a lot of travel in Holland, the city of
Utrecht would be the most convenient city to stay in. It's
most central and you can catch a train to any place from there.
If you only have a limited
amount of time but want to see as much as possible, visit
Madurodam, miniature Holland. It's in Den Haag (The Hague),
which is a nice city anyway (http://www.madurodam.nl).
Maastricht is another cool city to visit; there's a nice atmosphere
All of the above mentioned
websites have an English version, though the Efteling one
is still under construction, so no worries about having to
learn Dutch first. Dutch people usually speak at least some
English, and most have an English vocabulary you wish you'd
had in your French class back in high school Have fun in Holland!
in Den Haag...
writes from the Hague in Holland: The youth hostel (NJHC)
in The Hague is a great gal-friendly place to stay. It's located
next to the Holland Spoor train station, close to a supermarket
and internet cafe and only 20 minutes walk from the centre
of town. I am staying here at the moment and it's the nicest
hostel I've been to -- clean, attractive, friendly, safe,
and best of all, very affordable! City Hostel Den Haag, Address:
Scheepmakerstraat 27, 2515 VA Den Haag, Tel: +31 (0)70 3157878
Dutch gift suggestions under
All of these goodies
can be found in supermarkets around town. They are so inexpensive
you can splurge and buy extra items for your favorite people.
Or, think ahead to Christmas. Dutch chocolate and cookies
make great stocking
- Droste chocolate pastilles
- Gouda Cheese
- Cheese knives
- Stroopwafels (Dutch tea cookies)
- Rademaker's orange chocolate sticks
words on Holland...
is not a richer or more carefully tilled garden spot
in the whole world than this leaky, springy little country.
Mary Mapes Dodge, Hans Brinker, 1865
No wonder the tulip
is the patron flower of Holland.
Looking at it one almost smells fresh paint
laid on in generous brilliance.
Doors, blinds, whole houses, canal boats, pails, farm
all painted in greens, blues, reds, pinks, yellows.
Elizabeth Coatsworth, Personal Geography, 1976
The entire country
is a kind of saturated sponge.
Mary Mapes Dodge, Hans Brinker, 1865
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