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Zuid-Holland is a very divers province. You will find big cities here like Rotterdam and Den Haag, but also the Groene Hart (Green Heart, a green area in the middle of the Randstad .) Gonnie was born in Zevenhoven a small village in the northeast of Zuid-Holland. Noordeinde, where we live now was once part of Zevenhoven. Untill 1990 Zevenhoven was an independent municipality. Then national government thought the small municipalities had no future. And we were forced to combine with Nieuwveen to form a new municipal called Liemeer (after a road connecting the two). This municipal has only 6700 inhabitants is now under pressure again.


More nature can be found in Nieuwkoop. The most famous tourist place in our area is known for its lakes, Nieuwkoopse Plassen .
The lakes were formed when peat was won here. They digged so deep for the brown gold, as the fuel was then called, untill water filled the holes and the area was threathened in its exsistance. The windmills like the 4 still working in Aarlanderveen milled the area dry except for the Nieuwkoopse Plassen, which are now a nature conservation area.
More pictures can be found on our Nieuwkoop page.


One of the most underrated places in Zuid Holand is Aarlanderveen. It has the only working 4 step windmills in the world.

More info:
- http://www.zuid-hollandinfo.nl/

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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Greta tips! I need to get back and do more exploring in my ancestral homeland.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2006 at 11:29 AM

    Hello from Texas...I found your story about the search for peat very interesting! I wonder how many towns found themselves in the same situation?

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2004 at 10:33 AM

    Digging for fuel has caused problems in so many beautiful places! I love the name "Green Heart" for your open space here, it really says it all : )

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2004 at 10:16 AM

    Tiny but inspiring page, tompt :-)

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2003 at 3:13 AM

    Scott were just looking for the windmills & here it is :-)

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