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Topography: Of peat, bogs and fens

In an incidental series of articles we have been examining how the topography of The Netherlands has been influenced by the requirement of the Dutch…


Place: Nes aan de Amstel

  About a mile south of Nes aan de Amstel lies Nessersluis, (the sluice at Nes). Nessersluis is on the other, eastern, shore of the…

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Died: Drs. P.

On June 16 a remarkable death notice appeared in Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and De Volkskrant. It was a handwritten two stanza, eight line poem,…


Travel Feature: Groningen, vibrant city of the north

Because of its renowned universities, richly intellectual atmosphere and bustling nightlife, the city of Groningen attracts a large number of national and international students and…

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Arts Feature: Better than Rembrandt, at least for a while

Though today he is nowhere nearly as legendary as Rembrandt, child prodigy Jan Lievens was, for a time, a much bigger deal. Lievens, who was…

Photo: Anastasia Malkin

Place: Amsterdam’s EYE Film Museum

Until very recently, after arriving at Amsterdam’s Central Station, one would always exit on the south side, the side facing the city. The north exit…

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Feature: Dutch New Year celebrations in 18th and 19th century America

Seventeenth-century Dutch settlers who founded the Dutch colony of New Netherland, a huge area wedged between New England and Virginia, brought with them not only…

Kniepertjes (Foto: Marianne van Erker)

Recipe: New Year’s cakes

The combination of caraway seed and orange zest makes these cookies very special. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup light-brown sugar, packed ¼ teaspoon…

Tiny's ID-Card, the hated 'persoonsbewijs'.

Feature: The Final Year of the War through the eyes of two Dutch women

Seventy years ago World War II entered its final phase. We will follow events in The Netherlands during those last grueling months through the eyes…


Travel Feature: Utrecht – A winter fairy tale come to light

A light dusting of snow on the tracery of the Gothic cathedral dedicated to St. Martin. Canals framed by white wharves below and white streets…

Canadian war bride Hendrika Lukkien (Image: Bev Tosh).

Letter: looking for Dutch War Brides

Dear Publisher, My name is Olga Rains, and I am a Dutch War Bride. You did a story about my husband Lloyd; he passed away…


News: Successful opening of Frisian play in Ontario

Pier21’s play Ja-Mei-My, which loosely translates to ‘Yeah, it’s me’ is a portrayal of the relationships between family members of different generations. Lighthearted, but not…


News: KLM visits Toronto with retiring MD-11

Today KLM paid a special visit to Toronto Pearson Airport’s Street Festival. KLM is the last airline to fly the MD-11 passenger jet, which was…

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Travel Feature: Valkenburg

A drive to the southernmost tip of The Netherlands on a warm summer’s day this past June almost fooled me into thinking I had taken…


Place: Broek in Waterland

‘Waterland’ is a region just north of Amsterdam, comprising, among others, the towns of Volendam, Edam, Monnickendam and Purmerend. One can imagine that in a…


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