Monday, September 12, 2011

Little Holland in Madurodam.

I know I need to blog more, since I am still behind on blogging about my summer trip, while I already went on another trip to the bush for a safari here in SA. So try to do my best to get up to date....

After being 6 weeks in the USA, we fly to the Netherlands again for 3 more days before we fly back to Joburg. These 3 days we are staying with our good friends Marisca and Martijn and their lovely children Justin & Jillian. We know we will have fun!!

First day we go to Madurodam. Its a miniature city located in Scheveningen, The Hague. It is a model of a Dutch town on a 1:25 scale, composed of typical Dutch buildings and landmarks, as are found at various locations in the country.... so fun!!

Since the girls haven't really done some touristy things in our own country, we've decided that these 3 days are perfect for that! The weather is OK, which is always a guess... and we are lucky this time!

At the entrance 2 big wooden shoes that the kids wanted to step in. Justin, Jillian, Jasmine and Juliet having fun with it!



Mini people, houses, boats, so fun to see from the top, bottom, inside and out, you can look everywhere, even inside the windows you can peek and something is happening... you feel like a giant in Madurodam!



Juliet and Jasmine looking at....



the Cheese Market.



Look how small the houses are compared to the girls.



A typical street in the Netherlands, row after row, and in quite some cities water canals instead of streets.



I forgot what this building was...





When you fly business class with KLM, you will get one of these houses in the typical white/blue porcelain ~ Delfts blauw as a gift. Have you ever gotten one? We have a row of houses in our study, looks fun!



Even the infamous 'Red Light District' was represented in Madurodam. The girls didn't understand why the women where in their underwear sitting behind the windows... :-) We will leave it like that for another while...



This is Dirk's university, called Nyenrode. The only Dutch private university in the country. Who can say they studied in a castle? Not many I guess. Truly a gorgeous campus!



Rows and rows of tulips, one of the biggest export items of the Netherlands... cute these tiny flowers.



And last but not least again a picture with an original wooden shoe at the exit, this time even bigger! The kids loved it!!



Madurodam is so fun for families with children, so next time you are in the Netherlands, go and visit it. You will have a stroll through the whole country in just half a day!

Have you done some touristy things in your own country this summer vacation??
Share it with me!

Love, M xx

4 comments:

Emm said...

Oh, what a lovely little miniature town!! I love things like that!! It all looks so gorgeous but I certainly like the castle / university. My mum had a tall blue house that she got in Holland in 1977, I wonder if that is the Delft Blauw?

Mireille said...

Yes, that is it!! Aren't they the cutest?

Emm said...

Yes! It was beautiful, we had it for many years. I don't know what she has any longer!!

Maci Miller said...

Wow, those tulips are GORGEOUS! Love that cute mini town too! How adorable is that?

That castle of a university is quite magnificant too. Stunning!

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