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The White Village of Thorn

Thorn, Netherlands

I heard about Thorn, NL from a friend who went there once a month for pannekoeken with her family. The town of Thorn, NL rests on the Maas river between Eindhoven and Maastricht. It is a small town with an interesting history. The Abby church that still sits in its center dates from the late […]

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Burg Satzvey,

Text and Photos by Rebecca Balkum Burg Satzvey, Germany; Christmas time A recommendation to experience a medieval Christmas is what first took us to Burg Satzvey, Germany.  This is a moated castle in the Nordrhine-Westfalia area, which dates back to 1396 and is internationally known for their jousting and medieval festivals, as well as offering […]

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Bokrijk, BE

Text and Photos by Rebecca Balkum Part of the play area Bokrijk, BE Bokrijk is located in a beautiful wooded area near Genk where you can easily spend all day or just a few hours, depending on your desired activity level.  It boasts the country’s largest outdoor playground that caters to all ages of children.  […]

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Arcen, NL

Text and Photos by Rebecca Balkum Eastern garden, including Japanese and Chinese design.  Kasteeltuinen, Arcen, NL Especially appealing on a sunny, warm day, take the time to check out this area.  An hour drive north lies the picturesque, small, historic town of Arcen on the Maas river.  Beautiful Kasteeltuinen, (castle gardens) is one of the main […]

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American Cemetery at Margraten, NL

American Cemetary in Netherlands The Netherlands American War Cemetary and Memorial in Margraten, Netherlands lies only about 45 minutes from GK. It’s actually only about 10 minutes outside of Valkenburg, so both locations could be easily visited in one day excursion.   What really struck me the first time I went, before I’d even gotten […]

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Hengelhoef – Family Play Park – Belgium

Reader Recommendation… One hour from GK… Hengelhoef Family Recreation AreaTulpenstraat 141Houthalen-Helchteren 3530, BelgiumT: 0032-89-382500 Huge indoor tropical swim center, indoor play center, outdoor beach area, biking trails, camping facilities, mini golf, kids club with disco, picnic grounds, parties available… Prices:Combined swim center and indoor play ground ticket: 8E/per person Prices for indoor swim center: Sat-Sun, […]

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Dinant, Belgium

Under 2 hours from the Tri-border area Tucked neatly along the Meuse river in the Walloon region of Namur is the picturesque town of Dinant, Belgium, an easy 2 hour drive from the Tri-border area and a 25 minute drive from Florenne Air Base where the NATO AWACS often flies. From the 7th century, Dinant […]

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Anton Pieck Museum in Hattem

Reader Recommendation… 2+ hours from Geilenkirchen (but the Cuijk flea market is on the way back if you make it a weekend trip!) If you haven’t heard of Anton Pieck, then google the name and find some of his pictures. They are fun, whimsical, and purely Dutch, capturing the humor and sentiment in every day […]

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Cuijk – Netherlands LARGEST flea market!

HIGHLY recommended by several readers… This is on my list of places to go before I move. Not that I’ll learn anything or see anything beautiful and historical, but wait… may be I will. After all, antiques and oddities can be beautiful and quite historical. Yep… this is a flea market/antique lovers/bargain shoppers dream. Only […]

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Scheveningan, NL — Beach town

Some of the text here was seen in the August 2008 issue of the Tri Border Reporter. I am the author of that beach story, so this text is not in anyway an infringement of that copyright. Scheveningan – 2.5 hours from the GK Website: For a little bit of everything, Scheveningan is the […]

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