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The Martinitoren rises above the clutter of market stalls on the Grote Markt in Groningen.

The Martinitoren: a Groningen Landmark

About a year ago I wrote a post about Groningen, the small city where I live. I mapped out a route that started at the train station and wound its way through the city, ending at the landmark Martinitoren. The Martinitoren Today, for the first time in several years, I climbed the Martinitoren, and it…

Fraeylemaborg as seen from the garden behind, in Slochteren, the Netherlands

Fraeylemaborg: the “ancestral home”

Whenever I refer jokingly to Fraeylemaborg, a small castle in Slochteren, as “the ancestral home,” my husband rolls his eyes, but he’s given up on correcting me. You see, one branch of his family occupied Fraeylemaborg for several generations. Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for everyone else, the house (I think the British would call…

Notice the rings on the ends of the sides. from the Brilmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Brilmuseum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I mentioned in an earlier post that I allowed my daughter, visiting from the US, to choose which small museums we would visit together on our day in Amsterdam. She chose the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography and the Brilmuseum (Spectacles Museum). Disclosure: While admission normally costs €4.50, I was admitted for free, but the opinions…

a bridge in Amsterdam

Exploring Amsterdam’s Undiscovered North

The following is a sponsored guest post, originally published by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on December 10, 2015. Once overlooked by travelers, the borough of Amsterdam Noord has developed into a thriving artistic community, a spot for dance and music festivals, and an escape from Amsterdam’s chaotic and touristy center. The borough was once the industrial site of one…

I love how colorful Roemers photography is, and the contrast between the moving elements and still elements.

Huis Marseille Museum for Photography

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I was very happy when my daughter, visiting from the US, wanted to spend the day in Amsterdam, sightseeing with me. I gave her a list of museums I’d like to visit for my series on the smaller, less well-known museums in Amsterdam, and told her to choose two. My daughter, a graphic designer, chose…

These postcards are free for visitors to the Dutch Resistance Museum

The Dutch Resistance Museum

This entry is part 11 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The following is one of my occasional series on small Amsterdam museums: “That was pretty interesting” is high praise indeed, when it comes from my 17-year-old son after a visit to a museum. The Verzetsmuseum—Dutch Resistance Museum—in Amsterdam is one of very few that have earned a “pretty interesting” from him. Documenting not just the…

Winterwelvaart, with the boats all lit up at night.

WinterWelVaart: Groningen’s Christmas Market

The Christmas markets in Germany are famous for their craft stalls, gluwein and generally Christmassy atmosphere. I’ve gone to several in past years; the one in Oldenburg is only about an hour away from my home here in Groningen. Though they’re much less well-known, Dutch cities, including Groningen, also run Christmas markets. WinterWelVaart Groningen’s is…

The entrance to the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution in Amsterdam

Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution

This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

What I expected on visiting Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution was a presentation that titillates and that presents prostitution as a happy profession with practitioners who choose to become prostitutes. Note: I’ve updated this post with some comments from a “part time excort whore” who commented on this post on Twitter.  I expected that because…

a few bottles from the collection of antique medicines containing cannabis and other drugs

Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum

This entry is part 13 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

It’s not surprising that Amsterdam is home to a museum of Hash, Marijuana and Hemp, given its generally tolerant policy toward soft drugs. You’d think, given the somewhat subversive subject, that it would be entertaining to visit. It wasn’t. The main part of the museum (hash and marijuana) The main part of the museum inhabits…

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