Kinderdijk is an UNESCO world heritage sight located in the Netherlands. Yes, my home country which is known for its eternal fight with water. But also, famous for windmills! If you love windmills, this is the place to visit. A total of 19 windmills occupy are situated around the Alblasserwaard polder. The windmills are built in the 18th century and have been maintained to an outstanding quality. No wonder this place is a hot spot for tourists who visit the Netherlands.
Are you visiting the South of the Netherlands and doing a little tour? Just 30 kilometers from Eindhoven towards Maastricht you will pass the village Nederweert. There is not much to see in the village except one beautiful memorial: the Nederweert War Cemetery.
The cemetery is dedicated to the casualties after the liberation of Nederweert on 21st September 1944. Nederweert was liberated by British troops, who still had ongoing fights with German patrols in the area.
There is a total of 362 graves on the burial site (Not as huge as the memorial site at Margraten, read more about that HERE).All the fallen soldiers are from Commonwealth countries. On the cemetery, there is Cross of Sacrifice with a bronze sword in it. In the back, there is a small chapel. See the gallery below for a view of the memorial.
It is worth a short visit while you are in the area. You can park the car next to the park the burial site is situated. It is 50 meters walk towards the entrance, also accessible by wheelchair. A great pitstop in the beautiful province of Limburg!
Yesterday we had the opportunity for a short helicopter flight over Maaseik (Belgium) and Roosteren (Netherlands). Check out the footage below! 🙂
Heerlen in the Netherlands is the place I grew up in. I will not lie, it is a hideous city with more gray colors than others. Although the city has been working on its image of a former coal mine city. There is a lot of empty stores in the city center which is not appealing at all (still, in the neighboring cities and villages you will find enough nature). To make the city look a bit more colorful graffiti has been used to cheer up the streets. Can you spot them all in your visit?
The last part of our trip took us to my home country, the Netherlands. After shortly visiting my childhood home where my girlfriends family and mine met for a cup of tea, we went on to Rotterdam. Here, the parents went on a tour through Rotterdam with the splasbus tour.
Which is right next to the famous Euromast in Rotterdam.
Being a native from the most southern part of the Netherlands, the province of Limburg, I will dedicate some of my writing to the hotspots my region has to offer. My hometown is a part of the Parkstad community, which won the best travel destination in the world competition in 2016. There is a lot of nature in the southern part of the province. Popular for hiking, cycling, water recreation, history, shopping and caves. The green part of the Netherlands is truly a beautiful surrounding, and I want to share with you why it is!
In this first episode I will write about the Dutch – American cemetery and memorial in Margraten. How it looks like? See this video! (not made by me, but it gives a cool view so you can see how big it actually is, there it has been shot with a drone)
The Netherlands American cemetery and memorial in Margraten, the Netherlands is an American militairy cemetery in the southern part of the Netherlands, in the province of Limburg. It is a memorial to the fallen soldiers in the region during World War II.
The cemetery was established during the war, in 1944. During the allied attacks on the occupied mainland of Europe the allied forces lost a lot of men. The army did not want to burry their men on enemy grounds, thus they landed in Margraten.
After the end of the war a lot of fallen soldiers on German soil were burried in Margraten, making the graves get up to 18.000. At the end of 1948 the fallen soldiers were dug up out of their graves and the bodies prepared to be burried in the USA. Almost 1.000 men were deported, For 8.301 fallen soldiers Margraten would stay their resting place.
The graves are burried in waves and not straight with white marmer crosses, making an impressive sight.
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Every year the fallen heroes will be remembered, which is always on every sunday before memorial day (last monday of May).
The cemetery is 26,5 hectare big. If you enter you will see a tower. Before the tower there is a statue of a mourning woman. The statue is surrounded by the ‘walls of the missing’, stating the names of 1.722 missing Americans who gave their lives. The names of these missing Americans who were later found have a rosette (rose) added to their name. Behind the tower is the actual cemetery with the last resting place of the 8.301 men. The whole sight is maintained daily, giving it a decent and clean overlook in this peaceful place.
The cemetery is opened for the public daily between 09.00 AM and 17.00 PM. On the 25th of december and the 1st of january the cemetery is closed for public.
Good day y’all,
Yesterday was a sunny day in my local Brunssum, the Netherlands. I decided to go for a run to the Brunssumerheide, a park in my hometown. During my run I had to stop a few times to take a picture, which ended up making a few. My Sony Xperia Z3 made a movie of it, which I would like to share with you guys!
Rediscovering nature in your own backyard, sometimes you do not need to travel far to find a beautiful spot!