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Pro1- Holidays, day trips,walks

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Pro1 - Artis (Amsterdam Zoo)

Artis, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838, shows its historical character even before you walk through the gates: two golden eagles are perched proudly atop the main entrance. People enjoy the 19th-century atmosphere of the gardens: the winding paths, majestic trees, the fascinating sculptures and the monumental historical buildings. Artis is a haven of peace and quiet right in the city centre of Amsterdam.
In an area of 14 hectares around 700 species of animals provide a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom.
Artis also contains more than 200 different species of trees. Some of the trees predate Artis itself.

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    Pro 1 - Haarlem

    I went to Haarlem to some photo exhibitions and we visited the St.Bavo church too.

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    Pro1 - Slot Loevestein and its surroundings

    Slot Loevestein is a sturdy 14th century fortress, nicely located in a region of rivers and surrounded by much scenic beauty. The castle has an eventful past as a toll castle, a defensive post, and a prison. The castle has a double moat, a munitions tower, soldiers' barracks, an arsenal and the Loevestein street, which housed families of soldiers and workers.

    Loevestein was built between 1357 and 1368 by order of Sir Diederick van Horne. The walls of the castle are made of bricks baked from the river clay, and are 1.5 to 2 metres thick. Shortly after it was built Loevestein became a toll castle. Every ship that passed had to pay the toll. The outer courtyard was destroyed in 1397 by the army of the Duke of Holland.

    About 1600 the castle became a State Prison of the Republic of the United Netherlands. Many politicians and ministers have been imprisoned here over the years. One of the prisoners, Hugo de Groot, made Loevestein famous when he escaped from the castle by hiding in a book chest in 1621.

    In the 18th century the castle served as a military garrison. Many of the surrounding buildings date from that period. Slot Loevestein had a colourful, and sometimes bloody past, and it is said to be haunted by some of its past prisoners who died within its walls.

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    Pro 1 - Zeeland - (Deltawerken, Neeltje Jans, Yerseke etc...) and zuid_Hollandse eilanden

    Pictures from Zeeland, (transl. Sea land)
    Deltaworks, lighthouse and coast at Haamstede and the first ones are from Yerseke (famous for its oysters and mussels) etc...
    There are two types of oysters: the Zeeland oyster (Crassostrea gigas) and the Zeeland flat oyster (Ostrea edulis). The types vary considerably from each other. The Zeeland flat oyster is an expensive and exclusive product. Expensive and exclusive, because the flat oyster is rare, grows slowly and does not easily reproduce. It grows to its full size after about six years. In contrast, the Zeeland oyster can be found in large quantities in the Oosterschelde and can reach its full size within two years. With oyster spawn it is difficult to see whether it is a Zeeland oyster or a Zeeland flat oyster. This can only be seen clearly after about six months. In addition, the growth also depends on a warm (quicker) or colder season.

    Oysters are bred in the Dutch Oosterschelde and the Grevelingenmeer, where the natural conditions are favourable. In the months of June and July oysters reproduce. After a few weeks the ‘spawn’ drops to the sea-floor, where it attaches on empty mussel shells. There the oyster continues its growth. Every year that the oyster grows it gets a new ring. This means that it is easy to tell how old an oyster is by its shell. After collecting the oysters, they are kept in oyster wells with fresh Oosterschelde water. The oysters purify themselves and remove their sand and silt. After a few days they are clean and can be packaged.
    For info on the Delta works have a look here (it is in English!)

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    Pro 1 - Belgium - Postel Abbey (founded in 1138)

    Near to the Dutch border, in the woody hamlet Postel, lies the imposing abbey which was established in the 12th Century by the Norbertines who reclaim the land since then and who are known for their hospitality. A Norbertine is also known as ‘white canon’ because of the white colour of their habit. They practice forestry, cattle-breeding and agriculture. To be self-supporting, they brew beer and make cheese. Both of these activities have turned into traditional handicrafts which tourists really enjoy. However busy it is, once you are inside the abbey walls, a serene calmness rules.

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    Pro1 - Belgium, Flanders, Hoogstraten Beguinage and St.Catharina church
    Apr 15, 2006

    This beguinage was founded in 1380 and developed slowly. Until the 17th century it only counted a few beguine houses around the church. By the rush of beguines in the middle of the 17th century, the beguinage has been extended to a new ground, south of the old. This resulted in two grounds or squares who determine the unique character of his beguinage.

    The historic development of this beguinage is proved by the baroque church, the low and high houses. For the careful restoration of the beguinage into single-family dwellings, the vzw (non-profit organisation) “Het convent” received the "Vlaamse monumentenprijs"(1997) and the "Henry Ford European Conservation Award" (1998).
    The beguinage has been added to the Unesco World Heritage list.
    Learn more here:
    or see pics from the past:

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    Pro1 - Belgium, Flanders,Kalmthout Arboretum

    A stroll through the 29 acre arboretum plunges you into a journey of discovery of the luxuriant and diverse world of plants. More than 7000 varieties of plants from all over the world, colorful flowering borders, rose gardens and butterfly gardens for you to discover. World famous Hamamelis collection and much more...
    The oldest trees of the Kalmthout Arboretum were planted by Charles Van Geert, now more than a 150 years ago. His nursery developed to a major tree-garden thanks to Van Geerts successors: Antoine Kort and Robert & Jelena de Belder.

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    Pro 1 - driving to Schiphol
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    Pro 1-National Park Loonse en Drunense duinen

    This national park consists of the dunes of Loon and Drunen and De Brand. De Loonse en Drunense Duinen is the largest area (3,400 ha)of shifting sands in western Europe. It is not only unique because of it’s size but also because of the actively shifting sands which results in an ever-changing landscape.
    It was formed when the inhabitants of this region had chopped up all the trees for firewood. Today it is an area that wants to be explored on foot. As it is very easy to get lost when you go beyond the marked trails, it's not a very bad idea to take a compass with you.
    To the south of the shifting sands lies De Brand. This nature reserve is one of the last remnants of the marshy-woodland landscape of Brabant: wet marsh woods with reed vegetation and grasslands. Because of this variety the national park plays an important role in the diversity of our country’s flora and fauna. I will take some pics of that part too one day...
    More than one million tourists visit the area annually. Excursions are held often and there are walks, cycling and mountain-bike routes and horseriding

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    Pro 1 - Nijmegen, Museum Valkhof and Goffert Park

    I was not allowed to take pics from the highlights of the exhibition, only from the other pieces.
    Exhibition The Limbourg Brothers. Nijmegen masters at
    the French court (1400-1416).
    Museum Het Valkhof-

    First retrospective dedicated to the creators of Les Très Riches Heures and Les Belles Heures - world famous books of hours,
    made on commission for the mighty French duke Jean de Berry.

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    Pro 1 - Boswachterij Dorst

    Different areas all protected...
    Before the part called Seterse Bergen was turned into a forest it was a heather field. Around 1850 large parts of the forest were chopped and a sandy area with hills and valleys emerged. The loam pitts remind us of the brick bakeries in Rijen and Dorst where loam was harvested. The loam pitts filled with water and the natural pool of Surae was formed. The Nieuwe Leemputten area is now inhabited by Highland cattle.

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    Pro 1 - "Land van Heusden en Altena"

    Windmills and fortified small villages, approx. 10-25 miles from where I live.

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    Pro 1 - Schupleer, delta between river Nete and Aa

    A walk in the Nature Reserve Schupleer,in the village of Grobbendonk,Belgium
    It is a unique reserve, over 500 ha of meadows become wetland as the river Nete overflows each winter.
    The watermill is over 800 years old! and still working every day!

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    Pro 1 - Kaatsheuvel and Loon op Zand
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    Pro 1 - Oosterhout ( Teteringen - Oosterheide etc)
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    Pro1-Rotterdam - Diergaarde Blijdorp

    All pictures were taken in Rotterdam Zoo, most of them with full zoom and /or through very thick safety glass which had of course impact on the quality of the pictures.

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    Pro1- Snow! ...first pictures taken outside with my new Canon Pro1

    a short walk in the snow on thursday 03.03.05

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    Pro 1 - a walk in the park

    the park is small and not very special but when the crosuses are in bloom it is beautiful!

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    Pro1 - Touring around a bit in the neighborhood(range 20 km)

    Pictures taken on little trips and walks in the neighborhood

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    Pro1 - De Pont - Tilburg - Museum of Contemporary Art

    Established in 1988 and open to the public since 1992, De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art operates as an independent, private institution.
    It is located in Tilburg and housed in a former wool-spinning mill which has been rebuilt as a space conductive to contemporary art. - also in English!

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    Pro1 - Breda

    in this album you will find pictures from cities that I have visited and that I don't have enough pictures from to put them in a separate album

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    Pro 1 - Alblasserwaard