Almost 15 years ago, my husband proposed to me on a walking path overlooking Neuschwanstein Castle. Today, we took our children there! We didn't quite make the exact spot - the girls were hot and tired, and it was very crowded with a queue to get over the bridge to walk further up the mountain. … Continue reading 2018 Zomervakantie Day 4 – Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles
We left our apartment this morning and before heading for Austria, went to check out another nearby castle, Schloss Lichtenstein. I had actually never heard of it, but it's lovely! In fact people may confuse it for the more famous Neuschwanstein, which we are visiting tomorrow. Arriving quite early, we bought a ticket just for … Continue reading 2018 Zomervakantie Day 3 – Lichtenstein castle and the Austrian Alps
After day 1 mostly travelling from Den Haag, we booked two nights in Reutlingen, Germany, so that we had a day to explore. For breakfast, just a few minutes from our apartment, we discovered bread heaven! I'm not a big bread eater but this stuff is amazing! We tested a few different options, all delicious. … Continue reading 2018 Zomervakantie Day 2 – Hohenzollen Castle
We've lived (back) in the Netherlands for 6 years now, and my husband has been dreaming of a European driving holiday. For various reasons, it's not happened yet, but today, we are heading to a "camping" in Italy. It's a very popular Dutch thing to do in the summer - to go to a campground … Continue reading 2018 Zomervakantie Day 1 – Den Haag to Reutlingen
The TU Delft has a lovely botanical gardens open to the public. It's open all year around and is a hidden gem just outside of the city centre.
When I first moved from Australia to the Netherlands back in 2002, a condition on my partner visa was that I needed to take Dutch language lessons and sit an integration exam. In 2006, the rules changed, and you now need to study for and sit a language and integration exam BEFORE you come to … Continue reading Naar Nederland
Last weekend, I participated for the first time in the NN Den Haag Urban Trail. What a fantastic experience! A very unique way to explore a city.
There are few things more enjoyable than taking your bike out for a spin in the middle of Amsterdam. There are so many nice places to visit. The Dutch capital is full of treasures to explore. Thousands of good restaurants with kitchens from all over the world. So there are plenty of places to enjoy … Continue reading A day on a bike in Amsterdam
In this guest post by Klaas Woldring, Ph. D. who is secretary of the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre Ltd. (DACC) in Smithfield, Sydney, Australia, he discusses a possible additional function for the DACC and what the Netherlands could mean for Australia. In recent commemorations about the Netherlands in Australia, in 2006 and 2016, understandably there was a heavy … Continue reading What can the Netherlands offer Australia? Discussing a possible additional function for DACC
I'm sorting through some old documents today, and found this one for renting a home: a tenant's guide to the rules for renting in Queensland This is from some time ago, when we moved from the Netherlands (back) to Australia in 2007. Back then, we had a young baby and found an apartment for the … Continue reading Renting a home in Queensland