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Old January 12th 04, 04:33 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
andy
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Default Holland in May

Hi,

We're (myself, wife and 3 y/o girl) are going to Holland in May for a
week. The ferry is booked, but nothing else so far.

We haven't been to Holland before, and are looking for suggestions.
Areas, campsites, attractions worth seeing etc. We like the usual family
things, fresh air, days out, activities, sight seeing etc. We'd rather
stay put in one place rather than tour (we're only there for a week).

May is at the end of the flower season, so we'll see that.

If anybody else has been to Holland on holiday, I'd be interested to
hear from them.
--
Andy
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Old January 12th 04, 07:35 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
Paul Robson
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Default Holland in May

andy wrote:
Hi,

We're (myself, wife and 3 y/o girl) are going to Holland in May for a
week. The ferry is booked, but nothing else so far.

We haven't been to Holland before, and are looking for suggestions.
Areas, campsites, attractions worth seeing etc. We like the usual family
things, fresh air, days out, activities, sight seeing etc. We'd rather
stay put in one place rather than tour (we're only there for a week).

May is at the end of the flower season, so we'll see that.

If anybody else has been to Holland on holiday, I'd be interested to
hear from them.


I am always surprised how few people holiday in the Netherlands from the
UK - and that most of them that do go straight to Amsterdam (and I
suspect head for the Red Light District :-. On this subject it should
be noted that this stuff is limited to a tiny area in Amsterdam more or
less )

The thing about Holland is unless you stay in the extreme South West
(Zeeland) South East (Maastricht area) or North East (Leeuwarden),
nothing is particularly far away . It isn't that far from Arnhem to
Dordrecht for example. The Netherlands has an extensive (and free) load
of motorways that criss cross the whole country which makes it even
quicker to get anywhere.

Virtually everyone speaks excellent English (except for a Pizza place in
Ede). i.e. better English than we do.

In my experience the weather is excellent. I do wonder if this is just
me being extremely fortunate the several times I've been, but it never
seems to rain

There is lots more than this btw.

Things I like
=============
Efteling, Theme Park nr Tilburg. Your 3 year old will love it. So will
you. Very uncommercialised by theme park standards (South Central)
Dutch War & Resistance Museum at Venray. Very well done, very sad.
Venray's nice for a potter round too. (South East)
Open air museum at Enkhuizen. Lots of houses moved from bits of Holland
you can walk round. Rumoured to have got a bit more touristy recently
(East side of Ijsselmeer)
Keukenhof gardens. Lovely. And I'm not a fan of gardens. (Leiden nr coast)
Stuff around Bridges at Arnhem. Interesting, not been for years. (far East)
The Zoo at Apeldoorn. Fun visit, got one of those canopies that makes a
tropical area. (mid far East)
Hoge Veluwe park. Bike round on wierd white bikes with pedal driven
brakes. Museum in the middle. (ditto)
Polder Museum .Many people think this boring but I liked it. Lelystad
(other side of the road across the Ijsselmeer from Enkhuizen)
Hills round Valkenburg (it's not all flat).
Evoluon (Closed I think). It's a flying saucer (literally) outside
Eindhoven with a Science Museum in it, but it shut a fair while back and
still is shut I think.

Things I didn't like
===================
Amsterdam outside the museums and Anne Frank's house. Too touristy.
Dolfinarium Harderwijk. Too small for # people there which spoilt it.
Belgium. Sorry. I still have nightmares about a Sunday in Antwerp.

Things I hear bad things about (unverified)
===========================================
Madurodam minature village (hear both good/bad never been)
Marken/Edam/Volendam tourist traps (people dress up in clogs and pointy
hats)

Things I haven't done yet but fancy
===================================
Duinrell - theme park/accommodation/water park
The barrier thing down in Zeeland
Going up above Rotterdam in that tower.

Personally I'd plonk myself in the middle. Somewhere round Utrecht (not
IN Utrecht....). If you hunt about you can probably find a very nice
apartment or something cheap - the Dutch campsites seem quite often to
have chalets and so on on site. (We once got 4 nights in a 2 bed flat
and a ferry crossing for 150). You could have a look at the Dutch
camping guides which advertise some of these places. The standards are
pretty good.

Don't go for the UK link tourist stuff. Last time we four were chatting
to a couple who'd spent about 800 or something for a week in Center
Parks. We'd spent about a third of that..... I think we spoiled their
day unfortunately.

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Old January 12th 04, 09:33 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
klyne
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"andy" wrote in message
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Hi,

We're (myself, wife and 3 y/o girl) are going to Holland in May for a
week. The ferry is booked, but nothing else so far.

We haven't been to Holland before, and are looking for suggestions.
Areas, campsites, attractions worth seeing etc. We like the usual family
things, fresh air, days out, activities, sight seeing etc. We'd rather
stay put in one place rather than tour (we're only there for a week).

May is at the end of the flower season, so we'll see that.

If anybody else has been to Holland on holiday, I'd be interested to
hear from them.
--


Andy

We have been to Holland twice. The last time was in June last year when we
stayed at Delft, you can read about the trip on my website. Mind you the
requirements of two 50 something's obviously different to that of a 3 year
old girl, although Delft is quite central. The information Paul Robson
provided looks good with lots of ideas.


David - Milton Keynes
www.caravantravels.co.uk
Details of our Caravan Travels in the UK and Europe with help and advice and
site reports


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Old January 12th 04, 02:09 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Paul Robson
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martin wrote:
On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 05:33:10 +0000, andy
wrote:


Hi,

We're (myself, wife and 3 y/o girl) are going to Holland in May for a
week. The ferry is booked, but nothing else so far.

We haven't been to Holland before, and are looking for suggestions.
Areas, campsites, attractions worth seeing etc. We like the usual family
things, fresh air, days out, activities, sight seeing etc. We'd rather
stay put in one place rather than tour (we're only there for a week).

May is at the end of the flower season, so we'll see that.

If anybody else has been to Holland on holiday, I'd be interested to
hear from them.



I live in the Netherlands. May is often the best month. If you want
rural scenery the best is north of Amsterdam around the IJsselmeer or
in Friesland. There are two bulb growing areas one near Haarlem and
the other north of Amsterdam. The tourists visit the Keukenhof, near
Haarlem to see the bulbs in flower.
North of Amsterdam, Enkhuizen is a good place to camp, there are lots
of things to do. More than enough to occupy you for a week.


Is it true the ZuiderZee Museum has been touristed .... do you still get
there by boat ?

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Old January 12th 04, 08:28 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
andy
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In message , Paul Robson
muttered:
Don't go for the UK link tourist stuff. Last time we four were chatting
to a couple who'd spent about 800 or something for a week in Center
Parks. We'd spent about a third of that..... I think we spoiled their
day unfortunately.


Thanks for the excellent lengthy reply to my message, and thanks to
everybody else.

We're conducting our research at the moment, and are comparing peoples
opinions with what we read in the books we have. There are a number of
common themes that we're picking up, and I'm sure we'll have a great
holiday.

We're taking our caravan, and so won't be staying in Center Parks!

Thanks again!
--
Andy
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Old January 12th 04, 08:44 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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In message , klyne
muttered:
last year when we
stayed at Delft, you can read about the trip on my website. Mind you the
requirements of two 50 something's obviously different to that of a 3 year
old girl, although Delft is quite central.


I had already viewed your website, and was quite fired up with the site
review and detail you wrote about! As I've said elsewhere, we're taking
our caravan - so your website was quite apt.

Thanks!

--
Andy
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Old January 12th 04, 09:46 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
marc[_2_]
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In article ,
says...

We're taking our caravan,

So why ask in a camping NG?
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Old January 12th 04, 11:31 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
FF
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 05:33:10 +0000, andy wrote:

Hi,

We're (myself, wife and 3 y/o girl) are going to Holland in May for a
week. The ferry is booked, but nothing else so far.

We haven't been to Holland before, and are looking for suggestions.
Areas, campsites, attractions worth seeing etc. We like the usual family
things, fresh air, days out, activities, sight seeing etc. We'd rather
stay put in one place rather than tour (we're only there for a week).

May is at the end of the flower season, so we'll see that.

If anybody else has been to Holland on holiday, I'd be interested to
hear from them.


If the weather's nice head for the islands. Ameland or Nes and there's a few more...
they're just lovely. We went there one Easter and there were hares in the fields just
feet from us. Plenty of campsites. One island has no traffic, I forget which, so no
caravans either I suppose:-(

Liz
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Old January 13th 04, 10:48 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
FF
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On Tue, 13 Jan 2004 09:21:10 +0100, martin wrote:

On Tue, 13 Jan 2004 00:31:18 GMT, FF wrote:

On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 05:33:10 +0000, andy wrote:

Hi,

We're (myself, wife and 3 y/o girl) are going to Holland in May for a
week. The ferry is booked, but nothing else so far.

We haven't been to Holland before, and are looking for suggestions.
Areas, campsites, attractions worth seeing etc. We like the usual family
things, fresh air, days out, activities, sight seeing etc. We'd rather
stay put in one place rather than tour (we're only there for a week).

May is at the end of the flower season, so we'll see that.

If anybody else has been to Holland on holiday, I'd be interested to
hear from them.


If the weather's nice head for the islands. Ameland or Nes and there's a few more...
they're just lovely. We went there one Easter and there were hares in the fields just
feet from us. Plenty of campsites. One island has no traffic, I forget which, so no
caravans either I suppose:-(


Texel for caravans and perhaps Terschelling.


It's been a long time:-( There used to be camping (and Caravans?) on Ameland as well.
And it's Schiermonnikoog that has no cars - and is the best of all. I never went to
Texel, but Texel lamb is one of the world's great delicacies.

Liz
P.S. Haven't I seen you on uk.rec.gardening?
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Old January 28th 04, 09:25 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
Jonathan Stafford
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Hi,

We're (myself, wife and 3 y/o girl) are going to Holland in May for a
week. The ferry is booked, but nothing else so far.


(Snip)

Quite a few years ago now, we booked with Eurocamp and went camping at
Rjinsburg. The site is called Koningshof (I think it means Queen). Its
listed on their website and I can heartily reccommend it. Its in the right
place for Amsterdam (1 hrs drive), the coast (next door) and the bulb
fields. We stayed in one place and toured during the day. Delft
(beautiful, best dutch apple pie I have ever found), Madurodam miniture
village would be loved by your kids and you alike and many other things to
do. The site is well kept and the pitches are in secluded bays. Ive just
looked on the website and they have electric aswell. Hope this helps.

Jonathan Stafford



 



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