Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]


If I can choose, I prefer mountains and exotic countries more than flat and windy European ones. But I was often in the Netherlands visiting friends. On such trips I have, of course, my camera with me and try to take nice shots, even if the weather is not very pleasant (as it is was January 2007). During other stays, I was much luckier and therefore the pictures from different years differ in "color intensity".
The other main attraction, especially in the summer months, is Alkmaar's cheese market at the Waagplein, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. The cheese market traditionally takes place on the first Friday in April and the last market of the season is the first Friday in September. Every Friday morning the Waagplein is the backdrop for this traditional cheese market. After the old-fashioned way of the hand clap, traders and carriers will weigh the cheeses. It is one of only four traditional Dutch cheese markets still in existence.
Amsterdam is the capital city of and most populous within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel.
Keukenhof ("Kitchen garden"), also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world's second largest flower garden following Dubai Miracle Garden. It is situated in Lisse, the Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres). Keukenhof is located in South Holland in the small town of Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam.
I spent some few days in Groningen and surroundings in January 2007. The weather was mostly bad, very windy and chilli, partly raining. But still, nature creates great atmosphere even the weather is not perfect. I took the pictures in the gallery below with, at this time, new Nikon D200 and was not very used to digital photography. Years later, I see the result critically, but there are still some few nice ones, worth to be published here.
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