Hook of Holland in Rotterdam

13 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  12 minutes

© Mark Ahsmann/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Mark Ahsmann/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hook of Holland (Dutch: Hoek van Holland) is a town in the southwestern corner of Holland, hence the name; hoek means “corner” and was the word in use before the word kaap – “cape”, from Portuguese cabo – became Dutch. The English translation using Hook is a false cognate of the Dutch Hoek, but has become commonplace (in official government records in English, the name tends not to get translated and Hoek van Holland is used). It is located at the mouth of the New Waterway shipping canal into the North Sea. The town is administered by the municipality of Rotterdam as a district of that city and is about 25 km from the city’s centre; Hook of Holland is closer to The Hague, at about 15 km distance. Its district covers an area of 16.7 km², of which 13.92 km² is land. On 1 January 1999 it had an estimated population of 9,400. Hook of Holland already had a ward council in 1947. Hook of Holland has been a borough since 1973. In 2014 it was replaced by an ‘area committee’.   read more…

Kralendijk on Bonaire

24 January 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Fort Oranje Lighthouse in Kralendijk © flickr.com - Larry Syverson/cc-by-sa-2.0

Fort Oranje Lighthouse in Kralendijk © flickr.com – Larry Syverson/cc-by-sa-2.0

Kralendijk is the capital city and main port of the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands. The language spoken in the town is Papiamentu, but Dutch and English are widely used. As of 2017, the town had a population of 10,620. In Papiamentu, the town is often called Playa or “beach”. Off the coast of Kralendijk lies the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire, noted for diving and snorkeling activities. This small island can be reached by water taxi, or, for divers, by practically all of the local dive operators.   read more…

The HNLMS Buffel

1 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Museums, Exhibitions, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

© S.J. de Waard/cc-by-sa-3.0

© S.J. de Waard/cc-by-sa-3.0

HNLMS Buffel is a 19th-century ironclad ram ship. She was one of the main attractions of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam, also known as the Prince Hendrik Museum, named after its founder, Prince Henry (Hendrik) “The Navigator”, who had a naval career and established the basis of the museum back in 1874. In October 2013 the ship moved to Hellevoetsluis and is again open for public.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Middelburg

27 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Kloveniersdoelen, former seat of the Dutch East India Company © Chris06/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kloveniersdoelen, former seat of the Dutch East India Company © Chris06/cc-by-sa-4.0

Middelburg is a city and municipality in the south-western Netherlands serving as the capital of the province of Zeeland. Situated on the central peninsula of the Zeeland province, Midden-Zeeland (consisting of former islands Walcheren, Noord-Beveland and Zuid-Beveland), it has a population of about 48,000. In terms of technology, Middelburg played a role in the Scientific Revolution at the early modern period. The town was historically a center of lens crafting in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. The invention of the microscope and telescope is often credited to Middelburg spectacle-makers (including Zacharias Janssen and Hans Lipperhey) in the late 16th century and early 17th century.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Hulst

26 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Hulst Church © Vitaly Volkov/cc-by-2.5

Hulst Church © Vitaly Volkov/cc-by-2.5

Hulst is a municipality and city in southwestern Netherlands in the east of Zeelandic Flanders, which is connected by land only to Belgium, on the Dutch-Belgian border.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Goes

25 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

City harbor of Goes © Takeawa/cc-by-sa-3.0

City harbor of Goes © Takeawa/cc-by-sa-3.0

Goes is a city and municipality in the southwestern Netherlands on Zuid-Beveland, in the province of Zeeland. The city of Goes has approximately 38,000 residents.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Terneuzen

24 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed/cc-by-sa-4.0

Terneuzen is a city and municipality in the southwestern Netherlands, in the province of Zeeland, in the middle of Zeelandic Flanders. With over 55,000 inhabitants, it is the most populous municipality of Zeeland.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Veere

23 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Paul 14/cc-by-sa-4.0

Veere is a municipality with a population of 22,000 and a town with a population of 1,500 in the southwestern Netherlands, in the region of Walcheren in the province of Zeeland. The area of the municipality of Veere is 13,496 hectares, with a coastline of 34 kilometres.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland

22 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  10 minutes

States of Zeeland in a former abbey in Middelburg © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0

States of Zeeland in a former abbey in Middelburg © Marc Ryckaert/cc-by-3.0

Zeeland is the westernmost and least populous province of the Netherlands. The province, located in the south-west of the country, borders North Brabant to the east, South Holland to the north, and the country of Belgium to the south and west. It consists of a number of islands and peninsulas (hence its name, meaning “Sealand”) and a strip bordering the Flemish provinces of East and West Flanders. Its capital is Middelburg with a population of 48,544 as of November 2019, the largest municipality in Zeeland is Terneuzen (pop. 54,589). Zeeland has two seaports: Vlissingen and Terneuzen. Its area is 2,934 square kilometres (1,130 sq mi), of which 1,151 square kilometres (440 sq mi) is water, and it has a population of around 380,000. Zeeland consists of several islands and peninsulas. These are, from north to south, Schouwen-Duiveland, Tholen, Noord-Beveland, Walcheren and Zuid-Beveland. It also includes a strip of land bordering the Belgian region of Flanders, the Zeelandic Flanders.   read more…

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