I went to the Netherlands for a week, to see my dutch family ( Even though I am not Dutch or related). I do consider Loeki, Denise and their two wonderful dogs, Nova and Vancha as my family, who are so welcoming when I stayed with them, in the southern Netherlands.
On my first day, I went to De Biesbosch which is a national park and it is pretty awesome! Also it is one of the largest national parks of the Netherlands. It’s a brilliant place to walk, cycle or canoe through a labyrinth of rivers, feeling the breeze and seeing the nature with lots of lovely flowers, trees and animals along the path (Frogs, Squirrels, Beavers and many more) There are loads of activities to do there such as walking, sailing, canoeing, cycling and even fishing. You will never be short of something to do.
Onto the second day, I went to the Windmills of Kinderdijk, which are located near Rotterdam and Holland’s oldest city, Dordrecht. This is a lovely area to walk in amongst nature and seeing the windmills and very few are currently working. Bare in mind, it is a very touristy, so gets very busy and crowded. If you walk further down on the path, it gets quiet and less touristy, you’ll enjoy listening to birds’ singing and feel the peace and quiet. I know, I did. I could have stayed there for hours, enjoying the view.
Next stop, Antwerp, Belgium a few days later. It took me approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes on the train from where my friends live in Sliedrecht. While, I was in Antwerp, I took a walk to the Museum aan de Stroom, which is a beautiful piece of architecture. You can enter the museum for free. I recommend going to the rooftop and experiencing the boulevard and panorama. There are 9 floors to explore in the museum (There is a small charge to do this)
And onto Antwerp Zoo, I must admit it I am not a fan of zoo’s normally. I prefer to see animals in their natural surroundings and not locked up in a cage. However, this zoo, is huge enclosures, plenty of space to roam about with lots of trees, grass and natural habitat. The best thing about this zoo is it is located right in the middle of Antwerp City, and right next to the train station. It is approximately about two minutes walk. I recommend visiting this zoo.
On my last day in the Netherlands before going to the airport in the evening, I decided to go to Amsterdam, a city of freedom. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and they have lots, and lots of bike paths. It is such a beautiful city. There are lots of things to do, how did I spend my day?
I went and booked an Amsterdam Canal Cruise, so I could relax and see the sights of old and modern architecture such as boatyards and warehouses. There is so much history to Amsterdam. They provide you with an audio guide. Canal Cruise comes every 15 minutes from 0900 until 1800, and every 30 minutes from 1800 until 2200. It’s cost 16 euros for this activity
My last museum trip in Amsterdam before heading to the airport was “Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder” which is a 17th-century canal house, house church, and museum in the city centre. It is the oldest museum in Amsterdam. There are many rooms to see and explore such as the attic church to the seventeenth century kitchen to confessional room. If you are interested in old churches or religion. Then it only cost 10 euros per person.
All photographs are by me, and I am no expert at photography.