We Whisper…It’s Written in the Stars

Holland has many little treasures all over, waiting to be discovered.  Sometimes, such little treasures need to be whispered into your ear, so you’ll know where to look and to discover them.
If you are staying in Amsterdam or surroundings, you can drive over the “Afsluitdijk“, a shortcut over water, bridging the West and the North of Holland. In the North of Holland, in the province of Friesland, you can find many treasures, such as these:

The Antique Planetarium in Franeker

This planetarium, a scaled model of our solar system, is situated in the village of Franeker in Friesland and was built between 1774 and 1781. It has been working ever since. It was built by an enlightened amateur-astronomer by the name of Eise Eisinga, who constructed the mechanical planetarium according to astronomic insights at the time. Saturn was the farthest known planet back then. Besides the very impressive planetarium, there are exhibits of modern astronomy, documentaries, temporary exhibitions and an interactive exposition; “Space”. You can visit the scientist’s historic house and browse through his beautiful manuscripts.
This planetarium is the oldest working planetarium in the world.

If you wish to have a look at some antiquities, Franeker has a very nice antique shop “Allegaartje” (a bit of everything“) which sells antiques online as well. The site is not in English so if you are looking for something in particular or if you have a question, email them.

For a beautiful high tea or a nice meal, visit this beautiful pub-restaurant “De Stadstuin“, which is very near to the planetarium. The site is only in Dutch but if you take our “Dutch food test“, you will recognise many typical Dutch dishes on the menu such as kroket, bitterballen and pannekoek.
Tip: try a cup of “planetarium tea” or an ice-cold “planet-beer“.


And since you are already in Friesland, the North of Holland, you could combine the Franeker Planetarium with a visit to a museum village in Allingawier (Aldfaers Erf)This is an entire village preserved as it was a 100 years ago, today a cultural-historic museum. You walk around and you can enter every house and find out what a bakery looked like back then, what a black smith and a painter company looked like, and a renovation company. You can get guided tours or walk around by yourself. There is a nice playground for children too. The distance between the planetarium and the museum village is easily do-able, even if you are up North only for the day. This entirely antique village takes you back in time, to the slow rhythm of way back when.

We are sure you will enjoy this relaxing day of “time gone by” up in the North of Holland!




Listen to “Deep River Quartet” in the background- a wonderful close harmony group from the East of Holland! Ragtime!

Who likes to swing? And who likes to swing over the edge of a tall building?
We suppose the answer to the second question will be met by far less “YES ME!” outcries than the first one.
So, have a look at the highest swing on top of the Amsterdam Tower, and decide if you want to do this FOR REAL…
THIS SWING is for the genuine daredevils among you!!!
Note: we chickened out….ahead of time:-)

Combine the Lookout Swing with a visit to  “This is Holland” which we mentioned in a previous post; the buildings are right next to each other.
Check out everything about this crazy swing here! Scroll down for combi-tickets.

Are you feeling a bit hungry after all this swinging excitement?
Try the Pasta Factory! No need to explain what is served…
There are 2 locations in Amsterdam:
One is here: Muntplein 7 and the other one is here: Reguliersdwarsstraat 32h.

Jennifer’s daughter and her friends were at the Pasta Factory 2 weeks ago and had a great time there enjoying delicious Italian food.

Have you already swung on the Amsterdam rooftop? Have you already enjoyed a nice dish at the Pasta Factory? Share your experiences with us!


The Boy, the Finger and the Dyke

The power of nature; pictures of one of Holland’s disastrous floods

This Delta Park is situated about 100 km. south of Rotterdam in the province of Zeeland.

More of half of the Netherlands lies below sea level.  In order to keep the Dutch people save the Delta Plan was created.  At Neeltje Jans you can see the movies, but also see the real thing. You can have a look at the 45 meter wide steel doors, they let the tides rush through.

But…there is more…. seal shows, an aquarium. You might like to to get blown away in the hurricane simulator (windforce 12) There is a water playground, Aquasplash.

Find out more on: neeltjejans.nl

Petra and the Oysters in Zeeland


Petra and the Oyster face to face :-O

At the extra cost of 4 euros you can go on a one hour boat trip

Very close to the Delta Park you will find a fish restaurant, it is very basic with wooden tables outside, but it offers excellent sea food straight from the sea.

proefzeeland.nl (not in English, but the pictures speak for themselves:-))