From Oldenzaal to Hengelo

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Hiking in Holland The Handelsweg from Oldenzaal to Hengelo The Marskramerpad (or Handelsweg) stage from Oldenzaal to Hengelo was our first ever hike in the Netherlands – we had been to Holland before, but, to be honest, our walks there had been urban promenades rather than “proper” hikes.

This time, however, we were fully kitted out, both of us wearing hiking boots as well as backpacks with water and supplies for an al

From Oldenzaal to Hengelo

Where Traders Used to Tread

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Hiking in Holland The Traders’ Trail The Handelsweg – the “traders’ trail” – leads you across a distance of 230 km from Osnabrück (in Germany) to Deventer (in the Netherlands) through northern Westphalia and the two Dutch provinces of Twente and Salland. It is essentially a combination of two older trails, the German Töddenweg and the Dutch Marskramerpad – Tödden and Marskramer being the words used on either side of the frontier for the ambulant

Where Traders Used to Tread

Going Dutch: Biking or Hiking?

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Holidays in the Netherlands Biking or Hiking At the end of our visit to the Netherlands, I finally had to concede defeat. We were leaving the country in the sad realization that the Dutch will never take to hiking in a major way. Never will hiking be the preferred choice of the Dutch for moving about their cities or their countryside: for the simple reason that the big beast which hiking would – to use

Going Dutch: Biking or Hiking?

A Vertical Hike in Utrecht

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Walks in the Netherlands

And now, for something completely different.

A Vertical Hike in Utrecht Part three in our short series of “Walks in the Netherlands” provides a stark contrast both to the forested lake and windmills of Kralingen and to our delightful urban promenade along the canals of Utrecht. In the first two walks, you have seen an exemplary Dutch landscape and an exemplary Dutch townscape. Today’s walk offers neither. In fact, the view

A Vertical Hike in Utrecht

A Pleasant Urban Promenade in Utrecht

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Walks in the Netherlands A Pleasant Urban Promenade The modern world was born in the Netherlands: this small country at the edge of Europe, forever at risk of sliding into the Atlantic Ocean, was the first that was run for and on behalf of its citizens. Today, we take this form of government for granted: is there any other?

But this “by the people, for the people” principle was much less obvious in

A Pleasant Urban Promenade in Utrecht

Eating in Utrecht with Art, History and Culture

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Holidays in Holland Eating in Utrecht by Mrs. Easy Hiker One of the best things of any walking trip is the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the local cuisine – not least because that is something you can enjoy even if the weather refuses to cooperate with your plans. A good meal is a good meal, after all, come rain or shine – and that’s something to be grateful for in this coldest and wettest

Eating in Utrecht with Art, History and Culture

A Pleasant Walk in Rotterdam

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Walks in Holland A Walk in Rotterdam Rotterdam city centre, as I told you in my last post, is not conventionally pretty. You may admire the city’s ebullience and its youthful elan, but there is little that the average visitor will find charming.

Kralingse Bos in the Rotterdam suburb of Kralingen, however, more than makes up for that.

I don’t actually know how to describe the Bos

A Pleasant Walk in Rotterdam

SPRING in Utrecht

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It’s SPRING in Utrecht Before we get to the serious business of walking in Holland (there will be three easy hikes in the days to come), first, an urgent note about something that we have come across on our recent trip to the Netherlands. Urgent because, unlike the walks, it will not be there for long. Actually, you have to really hurry up in order to catch any of the productions at the first SPRING

SPRING in Utrecht

Rotterdam in 300 Words and some Pictures

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Rotterdam in 300 Words Those among you who read a lot of travel blogs will have seen quite a few posts recently about the Dutch city of Rotterdam. (Last week, Rotterdam hosted the Travel Bloggers Unite (TBU) conference.) If you do not have the time to read them all, here is a brief précis of what you are missing – Rotterdam in 300 words and a few pictures.

Rotterdam – one of the

Rotterdam in 300 Words and some Pictures