Elephant Nature Park – Thailand
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Elephant Nature Park A few years back my wife visited this nature park in the north of Thailand. It was created by Saengduean “Lek” Chailert, a Thai  woman who wanted to create a home for abused elephants.  These days the park … Read More

‘s-Hertogenbosch – St. John’s Cathedral – The Netherlands
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Sint Jan. In 1220 they built a parish church dedicated to Sint Jan (‘Saint John’), and subsequently transformed it into a collegiate church in 1366. Finally, in 1559, it turned into a Cathedral after a fire. This Cathedral church is … Read More

Krakow, Saints Peter and Paul Church
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  Saint Peter and Paul Church. When you walk through the mainstreet of Krakow’s city center, you can’t miss this church. It is located near the building Pope John Paul II lived in during his years in Krakow. It took … Read More

Valkenburg, Fluweelengrot mine under the castle – The Netherlands
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Marl quarry. In the Middle Ages a cheap way to get building stones was getting them out of a marl quarry. Marl is a soft type of stone, that can be cut out with a big saw. In one day, … Read More

Bonn, City Hall of this former capital city – Germany
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Bonn. During the Cold War the Reichstag was in the Russian part of Berlin. Because the West-German government could not use it, they needed a new capital to rule West Germany. Bonn was chosen. During this time many powerful people … Read More

Paris, Hôtel de Ville – France
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Hôtel de Ville Paris, France This is not a hotel, motel or other building you can sleep in. This is the Town Hall of Paris. From 1357 onwards this area is used for this purpose. In 1533 they removed the … Read More

Paris, Place de la Bastille, Stronghold, Prison, Freedom – France
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Bastille. Once the Bastille was built as part of the Parisian defense. Soon it became a symbol of suppression. In Medieval times Paris was already a place of riots. King Charles V gave order to build the castle ‘la Bastille’ … Read More

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

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