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

Amsterdam, Rembrandt Square – The Netherlands
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Rembrandtplein. From the Jewish quarter in Amsterdam it’s a short walk or a tram stop to a square with the name Rembrandtplein. It was named after the famous Dutch 17th century painter Rembrandt van Rijn. For 15 years this square … Read More

Bonn – Marktplatz near the City Hall – Germany
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Marktplatz. Near the City Hall of Bonn you will find a market place. When we visited Bonn, there were a few food stalls in the middle of this 11th century old square. It made the place more lively. Looking at … Read More

Paris, Place de la Concorde – France
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Place de la Concorde. One of the most famous – or should I say infamous – squares in Paris is the Place de la Concorde. It was designed in 1755 in honour of King Louis XV and therefore named after … 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 22 … Read More

Inside the Royal Palace Amsterdam – The Netherlands
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Royal Palace The Royal Palace in Amsterdam has not always been a Palace. During Amsterdam’s Golden Age Jacob van Campen constructed it as a City Hall. Amsterdam became rich from trading with the far east and transporting slaves to America. … Read More

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