Valkenburg

Valkenburg is a popular destination for Dutch people taking a holiday within their own country. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The town centre is well-preserved with old buildings and sections of the fortress walls. There’s even hills here. Small ones but hills all the same within the bounds of this flat country. Valkenburg Castle is nestled between the…

Biddinghuizen

My cousin suggests ice skating at the 3km (2 mile) long artificial outdoor skating track at Biddinghuizen. How can I say “no”? I love ice skating and want to catch up with my cousin so, despite the two hour drive each way, we drive across Holland to Velonice at Biddinghuizen. I’ve only skated two or three…

Loeverstein Castle

Loeverstein Castle is part of a network of protection that extended down the Rivers Meuse and Waal for centuries. Originally built as a private home using stolen river taxes, the castle was quickly commandeered by the government of the day while the owner was away. The waterways that surround the castle are more than a mere…

Noord Brabant

While en route to Lovverstein Castle we take a scenic drive along the Rivers Meuse and Waal and the farmlands of Noord Brabant. My uncle drives us. He knows every tiny byway in the area and we get to enjoy some gorgeous riverscapes that we would have missed on the highway. We pass my Oma’s…

Hilvarenbeek

We’ve just landed at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and I walk immediately to the incorrect side of our rental car. There’s nothing suave about that first dorky moment when you can’t work out how to change gear with the wrong hand, flick on the windscreen wipers instead of the indicators nor look the wrong way at…