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Favorite thing: This is an unusual question so I have googled for:
"Particuliere verpleging Amsterdam" (private nursing).
This is what it has come up with:
Zeegers Particulier Verpleegkundige
Elpermeer 96, 1025 AL Amsterdam
Tel +31 (0)20 6361727
C.C. van der Plas Particuliere Thuiszorg
Carnapstraat 232, 1062 KT Amsterdam
Tel. +31 (0)6 53744372 (=mobile phone)
Zorg Ondersteuning Nederland B.V.
Middenweg 183, 1098 AM Amsterdam
Tel. 020 4689244
B.V. Zorgwerk - www.zorgwerk.nl
Elandsgracht 120, Amsterdam - 020 4227887
It may be an option to go to a 'Zorghotel'.
It's a hotel where people recuperate after surgery. It's like a hotel but with professional nursing staff.
The nearest is: http://www.zorghoteljagtlust.nl
This particular hotel is 35 car minutes from Schiphol.
Hopefully this is a start for your search!
Favorite thing: Lots of people are interested in rail and steam engines. Trains...
Here's a list of just a few museums and organisations:
Utrecht: http://www.spoorwegmuseum.nl/en/index.html in Utrecht
Zuidbroek: http://www.nnttm.nl/index.asp (not yet open)
Valkenburg (ZH): www.smalspoormuseum.nl
Barger Compascuum: www.veenpark.nl
Historisch Streekvervoer Achterhoek (HSA): www.stichting-hsa.nl
Favorite thing: A map of heights in The Netherlands shows how much of it is below sealevel.
NAP means New Amsterdam Level which is the zero-line of above or under sea level. Every waterlevel is measured against it.
The text above the map says:
a great part of NL lies below sealevel. This not only implies high safety measures by means of dykes but also a complex dewatering system.
Fondest memory: Map of heights in The Netherlands.
Note: the darker the colour on the map, the lower the land lies.
Favorite thing: I believe my hometown deserves a general tip on my home country page. Brielle (also known as Den Briel) and the surrounding area Voorne and Europoort really represents much of what The Netherlands is about: history, architecture, modern industry, rural (protected) landscape, tourist attractions, Dutch way of living, good shopping.
Fondest memory: Well, Brielle of course. Come see my page. You can find it here.
Favorite thing: Especially on market days you'll often see (and hear) a street organ.
Fondest memory: My dad always broke into a little dance whenever he would hear a street organ.
If you would like to hear some street organ music, click here (it's an mp3).
DELFT, ROYAL GRAVE
Favorite thing: On Oct. 6th. 2002, Prince Claus, husband of Queen Beatrix died. He was brought to the family tomb in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft on Oct. 15th.
My Delft page is at:
Favorite thing: Not Santa Claus at Christmas but St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas) is the main man for all children (and most adults) in The Netherlands.
Yesterday (17 nov 2007) he officially arrived in NL from Spain, his residence. He arrived, as always, by steamboat. This year (2007), St. Nicholas arrives in another Dutch city each year and you can watch it on TV.
Fondest memory: From their earliest age on, each Dutch child learns that the bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas, comes to The Netherlands with his Black Petes to celebrate his birthday on the 5th of December. He bring presents, through the chimney while he walks the roofs on his white stallion.
Each evening from half november until the eve of his birthday, children will put their shoe near the fireplace, filled with a carrot for the horse and a drawing or poem and sing Sinterklaas songs. Each morning, the children will find a little gift in their shoe.
The eve of his birthday, there will be a mysterious knock at the front door. There, the family will find that "someone" has left a big bag of gifts. The point is that each gift has a rhyming poem, making a little fun of the receiver if possible. Sometimes the gifts are wrapped up as "surprises": the gift is wrapped and made to look like quite something else. For teenagers: the gorier, the better.
I, for one, learned how to make a nappy with pooh (cinnamon cake, syrup, ground coffee) and wrap the present in there for a friend who just had a baby.
All this preparation goes on secretively in any Dutch household: behind closed doors, stealthily smuggling in objects and sighing over all the rhymes to be made for everyone.
Special things to eat at Sinterklaas evening is taai taai, pepernoten, chocolate letters, sugar figures, hot chocolate, glühwein and other goodies wrapped in bright papers.
Oh did I mention? In order to get presents you have to have been GOOD of course :-)
REMBRANDT - NIGHTWATCH
Favorite thing: If you are travelling to The Netherlands, and need information, then please ask!
I hope I can help.
If you want to know about the Euro, please visit my Europe page!
Fondest memory: Did you know that in a very early stage they cut off a piece of the Nightwatch by Rembrandt? On the right side, so it fitted somewhere. It gave the picture a whole new dimension. And that's how we know it today. The Nightwatch, most famous painting in the world, can be found at the Rijksmuseum website
Favorite thing: Prinsjesdag takes place every year on the 3rd Tuesday of September.
On this day, the Queen rides her golden coach from her palace to parliament in The Hague, the political capital of NL.
She reads a speech in which the government unfolds its plans and views for the new parliamentary year.
After that, she rides back to her palace again and the inevitable balcony scene takes place.
It's great fun to watch, the pomp and circumstance, the golden coach, the royalty and all the hats that the ladies wear.
But the real work starts there. That same day, the Minister of Finance presents the budget and long and interesting debate then commences in parliament about what the government proposes to do in the coming year.
Fondest memory: Read more about Prinsjesdag
Blaeu's Toonneel der Steden
Favorite thing: Old maps hold an endless fascination for me. It's amazing how some 400 years ago, people were able to draw maps of places so meticuously detailed.
I am sometimes lucky enough to get a print as a gift and I sometimes buy one.
Fondest memory: The maps here (free to download) are from the Blaeu's Toonneel der Steden (1652). Blaeu was the master map maker of The Netherlands (including Flemish Netherlands, now Belgian territory).
Discover the wealth of maps here:
(University of Groningen, Literature)
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