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Queen Wilhelmina Monument in The Hague

A monument to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, the longest reigning Dutch monarch, sits just outside the gates of Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. Queen Wilhelmina was…

Queen Emma Monuments in The Hague

Find out about the two major monuments to Queen Emma of the Netherlands located in The Hague, and a third smaller one on the Lange Voorhout, not…

South Holland Shopping: Outlets & Clearance Centers

Even though there isn't a true outlet mall in South Holland, doesn't mean you can't find a good bargain. Here are several discount shops and clearance centers…

Checklist Before Leaving on Holiday

Checklist items for expats in Holland before leaving on Christmas-New Year holidays; tips to help avoid home burglary and other unwanted events... When expats leave Holland for…

10 Restaurants with Best Views

If you enjoy dining while taking in scenic views, check out our picks for the ten South Holland restaurants with the best views... #1 The Penthouse -…

10 Christmas Gift Ideas from Holland

Need ideas for Dutch Christmas gifts? Here are ten items from Holland which are bound to make you a star with the gift recipient, wherever they are…

A New Year and A New Beginning

It’s a new year Rotterdam expats! Time to reflect, to look forward and perhaps make a new resolution or two which, for most of us, will be…

What are Oliebollen?

So what are oliebollen? “Deep fried doughnut balls” (or literally translated oil balls). How delicious does that sound?  Almost as good as deep fried Mars bars (perhaps…

Learn Dutch ! Anja from Flowently is our local 'Business in the Spotlight' !

Thank you Anja for taking the time out from your busy schedule to answer our questions and give us some great insight into your methods for learning…

Margreet from Taalthuis - Our Amsterdam 'Local Business in the Spotlight' blog post.

A big thank you to Margreet from Taalthuis for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer our Q+A. there are some great insights into…

Dutch honesty vs forwardness

The straight forwardness and directness of locals is one of the first traits internationals notice when living in the Netherlands. The Dutch speak their mind and, unlike…

Expat life is about exploring, accepting, not judging

Expat life in Holland (or elsewhere) is about exploring, learning and accepting the 'other' culture, not about judging... Expat life is about exploring the other culture. During…

Traffic Sign to Prevent Cyclists Taking The Hague Dunes Footpath

Many cyclists coming from Scheveningen are tempted to take the Wieringsepad, a footpath in Westduinpark, as it is both adventurous and offers lovely sights. Residents and hikers…

Drievliet: early Dutch public transport

A time when Drievliet was not yet an amusement park and the Dutch were beginning to utilize the first form of public transportation in Holland. From Leiden…

Love, Joy and Hope

Nancy waited for her child to be born in Gouda.  The baby turned in her stomach and eased a stitch towards birth. She looked forward to gently…

Harvesting Gouda

It’s a big nostalgic isn’t it? Going back to a place you once called home, cultivating memories. We all do this when possible. People say, “I’d just…

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