Paris, Eiffel Tower by night – France
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Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is the main landmark of Paris. This unofficial wonder of the world is a symbol of love, the city Paris and France. The Eiffel Tower is open for public from 9 am till 00.45 am, … Read More

Kasteel Ruurlo, Estate with medieval roots – The Netherlands
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Kasteel Ruurlo. This former castle was already mentioned in the 15th century. In the 18th century they transformed it into an estate with a country house. In 20th century it became the City Hall of Ruurlo. Now it is a … Read More

Sallandse Heuvelrug, hike on the Eelerberg – The Netherlands
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Eelerberg. Eelerberg is a hill near Hellendoorn. Officially it is not part of National Park the Sallandse Heuvelrug, but it is in the same wooded area. You can hike using the signs put up by Natuurmonumenten (the Dutch Society for … Read More

Corcelles-en-Beaujolais, A small village near Lyon – France
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Corcelles-en-Beaujolais This village is a great place to stay if you like to experience the French countryside. From here you can visit a wine castle, Cluny, Mâcon or (a bit further away) Lyon or Geneva. It has a small bakery … Read More

Matrei am Brenner, a small village in Tirol – Austria
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Matrei am Brenner. Several years ago we drove from the Netherlands to Italy and stopped for the night in a small town called Matrei am Brenner. In the past a lot of traffic went through this town. However, this changed … Read More

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor & Reichstag – Germany
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Seat of Power. During the Cold War the West German parliament  seated in Bonn. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, all the power went back to the Reichstag. It’s at a walking distance from the Brandenburger Tor. Most people … Read More

Friesland, Tjeukemeer – The Netherlands
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Highway A6. Every country has them: parking places close to a highway. At most of them you do not want to stick around for longer than 10 minutes. When you drive along the A6 into Friesland, the first thing you … Read More

Leipzig, the Battle of the Nations – Germany
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Völkerschlachtdenkmal. This monument was erected to remember the defeat of Napoleon at Leipzig. It was not only Prusian but a coalition of 4 nations. One can climb this structure of 91 metres. Alternatively, one can have a look at it … Read More

Paris, the Louvre part III – France
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The Louvre. Before Napoleon this musuem was not so big. During Napoleon’s campaigns he stole a lot of art. Most of it was put in this museum and therefore the amount of works increased a lot. A lot of this … Read More

Berlin, Tiergarten & Holocaust monument – Germany
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Reflections. Near the Reichstag, the seat of the German government, there are two places you can reflect your thoughts and deeds. The first is the Tiergarten. It is a large park in the center of Berlin. If you walk here, … Read More

Paris, Arc de Triomphe monument for the battle of Austerlitz – France
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Napoleon. In the beginning of the 19th century France started building this memorial monument. The victory in Austerlitz was so big everyone needed to know about it. In the Netherlands we still have a pyramid built by French soldiers to … Read More

Drenthe, Dolmens resting in the fields – The Netherlands
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Drenthe. During the Stone and Iron Ages a civilization created burial chambers using big megaliths that came to our country with the glaciers. One stone alone can weigh a few tons. These days you can find most of these ‘hunnebedden’ … Read More

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