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

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

Normandy, Utah Beach American sector – France
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Utah Beach. A mighty fleet of battleships, destroyers, mine sweepers and cruisers as well as troop transports went to Normandy. One of the beaches in Nomandy received the code name Utah Beach. Here the operation went almost according to plan. … Read More

Utrechtse Heuvelrug, the Pyramid of Austerlitz – The Netherlands
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Austerlitz. Everybody knows that Austerlitz is not really a Dutch name for a town. It is the place where Napoleon’s French forces made a stunning victory. Only 75,000 French soldiers defeated an army of 90,000. As a result the Netherlands … Read More

Twickel, a hike through the estate – The Netherlands
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Twickel. Near the village of Delden there is an estate called Twickel. Part of this estate is a castle, but this part is not open for the public. However, you can walk for free through the estate. There is a … Read More

Paris, walking the city of love by night.
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Paris by night. Everyone who visits Paris should walk the city by night. First of all, if you want a romantic evening, nothing beats a stroll along the banks of the river Seine especially with your loved one. Also, monuments … Read More

Marseille, spending some time at the seaside – France
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Going to the beach. Marseille has a Mediterranean sea port and is a perfect startpoint to go sailing. Check out the fort that protected Marseille in the past. If you are more a beach person that is no problem. In … Read More

Normandy, Pointe du Hoc taken by the Rangers – France
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Pointe du Hoc. On 6th of June in the early morning the US Rangers climbed the walls of the cliff to start fighting. After they had fought themselves into the gun emplacements, the guns they had to take out were … Read More

Normandy, Omaha Beach – France
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Omaha Beach. The most memorable D-Day took place on the 6th of June 1944. This opening day of Operation Overlord goes by the name Operation Neptune. Under the code name Omaha the US Army wanted to take five beaches in … Read More

Koh Chang – Russian tropical island – Thailand.
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Koh Chang. Near Bangkok there is a small island called Koh Chang. It means ‘elephant island’. My wife went there many years ago. She told me stories about sleeping in small houses near the beach. When we visited it, the … Read More

Dieren, hiking in the forest – The Netherlands
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Dieren. I have been member of NMLK, a Dutch organisation to meet new people. It is an activity site and there are many activities per week organized by its members. One of the activities I have been done is hiking. … Read More