Slow Down, Brother

Amsterdam, always good to be back! It had been a while since our last visit. The last time we visited was even before the start of this whole pandemic. And because of that pandemic, tourism has been slow. Which was clearly visible in Amsterdam as well. There were hardly any tourists in the city. It looked like the city had slowed down, taking a little nap. Preparing itself for when things return to somewhat normal. And when they do, Amsterdam will be receiving its guest with open arms again. Leaving us with this memory of Amsterdam being a rather quiet place. Which will be, I’m pretty sure, hard to imagine when visiting the city again next time. 🙂

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A lot better than expected

Due to all the COVID-19 restrictions we didn’t feel like visiting the Efteling for a while. But things changed for the better, the situation improved and we still had some tickets left for a visit. So last month we decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised how well things were organized in order to keep distance and minimize the risks of getting infected. Despite some people having troubles following the guidelines, we had a wonderful day. A lot better than expected for sure. Almost like the old days again!

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Little Monkeys

Pentecost gave us an extra day off. We booked a cabin for the long weekend in Epe. Which gave us the idea to visit the Apenheul again. We always love to go there and see what the monkeys are up to. Including our own! There are about 35 different species of primate about half of which roam freely among the visitors. When entering the park you also get a free map where you can scratch a box every time you see one of the monkeys. It’s a nice scavenger hunt and our kids loved it (and so did we).

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Radio Kootwijk

It’s the start of May. And we haven’t seen much sunshine yet. Instead we are still wearing our winter coats and trying to avoid the rain as much as we can. Luckily not all the days are dark and grey though. The day before King’s Day we had some nice weather and decided to visit Radio Kootwijk. It’s both the name for the transmitter park as well as the village around it and the area is now open to the public (the transmission station is no longer in use).

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The Brabantse Sahara

Day two of our short break. We decided to go to the Loonse and Drunense Duinen (Dunes of Loon and Drunen National Park). Also called the Brabantse Sahara (named after the province it’s in). What an amazing place!  One of the largest natural areas in The Netherlands and the largest sand drift area in western Europe. It’s a beautiful sight and a bit surreal. We loved it.

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