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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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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 Netherlandshttp://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ne.php 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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Local Castles

In honor of Valentine’s Day coming soon.  May be a romantic getaway is in order?  Many of the local castles have been converted to upscale hotels with amazing restaurants hiding within the stone walls.   Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal Bloemendalstraat 1506291 CM Vaals, Netherlands Tel: +31(0)433659800 Fax: +31(0)433066612 Website: http://www.hotelbloemendal.nl Email: info@bloemendal.valk.nl*Fine dining restaurant and hotel – […]

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Local Cultural Emersion

Reader Recommendation… 20th Annual Cultura Nova comes 27 August – 5 September, 2010! Check out “Culturanova” at http://www.culturanova.nl/ to learn about this annual festival. The website features a British flag icon that takes you to an English site with lots to explore. This festival features theater, visual arts, music, dance and more at 19 locations […]

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Pannekoeken

The Dutch have taken pancakes to a whole new level. Their pannekoeken are thin like crepes and can be topped with anything! Fruit, whipped cream, ice cream, shots of sweet liquors, gyros, ham, cheese, vegetables… it’s endless. The problem is deciding which one. So pannekoeken is almost always a great treat where ever you might […]

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SnowWorld, Landgraaf

Would you like to brag to your friends back home that you went skiing in July? Go to SnowWorld! SnowWorld GPS: Witte Wereld 1, Landgraaf, NL Website: www.snowworld.nl (English site available) SnowWorld is a indoor ski center in Landgraaf, NL just about 20 minutes from GK where you can ski or snowboard any day of […]

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Valkenburg Caves

Valkenburg is just a 40 minute drive from Geilenkirchen and is a great place to go for a day trip or if you have an afternoon free. It’s very touristy and almost always crowded, so be prepared for that, but you’ll find a lot of restaurants, an amusement park for kids, a lot of interesting […]

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Drielandenpunt

Drielandenpunt Viergrenzenweg 97 6291 BM VAALS Tel +31 (043) 306 52 00 Fax + 31 (043) 306 59 45 E-mail info@drielandenpunt.nl http://www.drielandenpunt.nl/   In Vaals, NL, only about 45 minutes from the GK area, you’ll find Drielandenpunt. The “Three land point” is the highest point in the Netherlands and the place where the borders of […]

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Meerrsen, NL

Meerrsen is in the hill country of South Limburg only 30 minutes from GK house. It’s beautiful to get to as it rests on a high plateau with valleys on either side. The town itself was settled long before the Christian era, but there wasn’t any evidence to that effect that we could see. It’s […]

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