Naturalis

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Naturalis is the national natural history museum of the Netherlands, based in Leiden. It originated from the merger of the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie (abbreviated RMNH) and the Rijksmuseum van Geologie en Mineralogie (abbreviated RGM) in 1984. In 1986 it was decided that the museum had to become a public museum and a new building was built. The new building cost about 60 million Euro, making it the second most expensive museum building in the Netherlands.

Since it's my first time to visit in this Naturalis museum, I feel so excited to explore the place. It's a huge building where you can see a lot of things that they have. They have many collections of different kinds of rocks, which they preserved for many years already. Some of those rocks look wonderful and it's very rare to see. Aside from that, you can enjoy watching the skeletal of some animals that they displayed. They also have huge collections of fossils, insects, plant, preserve animals and many more.


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Canal Tour in Amsterdam

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Holland is abundant of canals and no wonder that almost every city has its own canal tour which consider as one of their tourist destination. I've tried already some canal tour in other city such as Dordrecht and Delft, this canal tour in Amsterdam was my third times to travel using a small boat. The tour was consisting of many people, approximately 15 - 20 people in 1 boat. And the travelling time was about 40 - 50 minutes.

What I like most in this canal tour is you can take a look the part of the city and you can enjoy viewing those old buildings that were built in many years ago. The experience was great because you're not only enjoying the view, but at the same time you've learned something from the tour. The canal tour is not only view watching, but it also include learning something because there's a tour guide that will explain about the history of the place as well as the old building that you passed by.


The City of Leiden

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Leiden is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. It considered an old city. So visiting in this city, you see many old buildings that were built for many years ago. And it's so good to see those old buildings that still in used up to the present time. And what makes me amazed is the structure of every building.

Leiden is one of the cities that I sometimes visit together with my hubby and parent's in law. It's the city where there are many University Schools, in fact when I visit there for the very first time, I wonder why there were so many bicycles and many young students, I didn't know before that in that city, it has many schools. Aside from schools, there are also many things that you can visit and you can see. They have many museums that I visited already, but not all of it, only some museums. You can take a canal tour, which I never tried yet in this city. You can visit some churches that they have and of course there shopping malls, the nicest part that I love to explore. Well, it's a crowded city, due too many students population.

But what I attracted most in this city is the windmill. Looking it from far gives already a better view for tourist people. With its green plants that surround on it, it's very beautiful to watch. I took few shoots on it and select which one is the best view that I took.



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Den Haag Holland Spoor

The Den Haag Holland Spoor railway station, also known as Den Haag HS, is the oldest railway station in The Hague, Netherlands. It was opened in 1843, when the "Oude Lijn", the oldest railway line in the country, was extended to The Hague. This line was further extended to Rotterdam in 1847. The railway station was named after the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij, the company that operated the railway station.

The Dean Haag HS is not so far from our house, it took us about 15-25 minutes by walked to reach this station. My brother in law take a train everyday when he go to work, so everyday he needs to be here in this station. While hubby and I sometimes went there if we decide to take a train in going to some places that we visit, but mostly we used our car because it’s easier.

Rival company Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg-Maatschappij opened a second main railway station in The Hague in 1870, Den Haag Rhijnspoor, for the railway line to Gouda and Utrecht. This railway station was demolished in 1973, to make way for the Den Haag Centraal railway station. As a result, The Hague has two main railway stations: Centraal Station and Hollands Spoor. Trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and beyond (e.g. to Brussels and Paris) stop at Hollands Spoor, not at Centraal Station.

The original railway building of 1843 was replaced by the current building designed by D.A.N. Margadant in 1891. A Royal Waiting Room was opened in 1893.


Madurodam

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Who will not enjoy being here in Madurodam? I guess everyone loves to visit in this place. Madurodam is considered as one of the main tourist attraction in Netherlands, many tourist people loved to see the miniature building that represent the Dutch buildings and landmarks. And being as one of a tourist people, it's such a pleasure for me to be here in this amazing place because it's really beautiful and unique to other tourist spots that I visit. Wow! I can't imagine how they built this to think that when you look through it, it really looks real. Even though I've been there twice already, but still I love the place, I still love to visit it sometimes and see it again and again. I remembered that I was there during winter time, I enjoy it a lot because it was my first time to be there, but it was too cold in that time that I felt I'm freezing if I stay longer. And the second time that I was there, its spring time, a nice weather that time, but too crowded, difficult to take some shoots.

Madurodam is a miniature city located in Scheveningen, The Hague, in the Netherlands. 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. This major Dutch tourist attraction was built in 1952 and has been visited by tens of millions of visitors since then. The miniature city was named after George Maduro, a law student from Curaçao who fought the Nazi occupation forces as a member of the Dutch resistance and died at Dachau concentration camp in 1945. In 1946 Maduro was posthumously granted the honor of Knight 4th-class of the Military Order of William, the highest and oldest honor in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, because he had distinguished himself in the Battle of the Netherlands against German troops. His parents donated the money to start the Madurodam project.



Bed and breakfast in Paris

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Some tourist spots in Paris

One of my dreams is to travel in Paris, to see the Eifel tower, Triumphal Arch, The louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris Disneyland and other well-known tourist spots and landmarks. Paris is the capital of France, it's the country's most populous city and consider as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

I heard so much about the place and it gives me an exciting feeling when hubby promise to me that one day we will visit the Paris. The easiest way to reach the city is via Paris travel tours, at least there's someone who arranges everything for us. All we have to do is just to pay for the total cost. Since we don't have any family, relatives or friends there, we plan to stay in the Hotel Paris, the most convenient way for us rather than going back home after the whole day tour. Whenever it will be a fix plan, then hubby and I can make an online reservation at hotel Paris metro denfert rochereau.

What about you, do you have some plans to visit this beautiful city?


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The Amsterdam

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The Amsterdam is capital and largest city of the Netherlands/ Holland. It’s one of the places where I visited during my stay in the Netherlands. It took us about 40 – 50 minutes travel by car just to reach the place and about more than an hour by train. It’s a crowded city because many tourist people love to visit this place, it considered as one of the expensive cities all over the world. The last time that I visit this place, hubby and I took a train because it’s cheaper rather than we used our car, cost a lot the parking ticket, unlike here in the Philippines, we can park our car mostly for free. In Holland, wherever we go or visit, it cost us the parking ticket, so it’s limited time to explore the place, I remember when we used to bring our car in Amsterdam, and I think we pay about 20 Euro for the parking ticket, that’s expensive already for just a parking ticket huh. But anyway, since we took a train the last time, hubby and I had no worries on what time we end up for our exploring in the city; we just enjoy the time together and visit some nice tourist spots in the city. There are many tourist spots in Amsterdam; it’s too many that our whole day tour was not enough to see it all. But we took the canal tour, visiting the Madame Tussaud Museum, the Dungeon, take a carriage ride, visiting the church, walking the city center where there were many shopping store and before going home, we drop by first at Schiphol airport.



Amsterdam Royal Palace and New Church


At the left is the Royal Palace, next to it is the New Church

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam (Dutch: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam or Paleis op de Dam) is one of four palaces in the Netherlands which is at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the seventeenth century. The building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. It is situated in the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).

Since hubby and I visited the Amsterdam, we got a chance to see this Royal palace because it's just next to the Madame Tussaud museum, a wax museum. Well, we never got the chance to see the inside of this Royal palace because were more excited to enter at the museum, but we got a chance to take a nice photo shoots.


The story about the Royal Palace



    After the patriot revolution which swept the House of Orange from power a decade earlier, the new Batavian Republic was forced to accept Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, as King Louis I of Holland in 1806. After holding his court at The Hague and Utrecht, Louis Napoleon moved to Amsterdam, and converted the Town Hall into a royal palace for himself.

    The King of Holland did not have long to appreciate his new palace. He abdicated on 2 July 1810, his son Napoleon Louis Bonaparte succeeded him for 10 days as King Louis II, then the Netherlands was annexed by France. The palace then became home to the French governor, Charles François Lebrun.

    Prince William VI (son of Prince William V of Orange), returned to the Netherlands in 1813, after Napoleon fell from power, and restored the palace to its original owners. After his investiture as King William I of the Netherlands, however, Amsterdam was made the official capital of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (the seats of government being Brussels and The Hague). The new King realised the importance of having a palace in the capital, and the Town Hall again became a royal palace.

    It was made property of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1936.[1] In 1949, the palace was the scene of the official ceremony for the transfer of sovereignity over Indonesia by the Netherlands, represented by Queen Juliana.

    The palace is used by Queen Beatrix for entertaining and official functions during state visits and other official receptions, such as the Queen's New Year receptions. The award ceremonies of the Erasmus Prize, of the Silver Carnation, of the Royal Awards for Painting, and of the Prince Claus Award are also held in the palace.

    The balcony of the Royal Palace was used during the inventure of Queen Beatrix in 1980, where her mother Juliana announced the new Queen to the people.[ Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima kissed on the balcony on their wedding day on 2 February 2002

    The palace was renovated from 2005 until June 2009, during which, among other things, asbestos was removed. Since 14 June 2009, the Palace is open again to visitors.


Boogard Shopping Center

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After sharing about my travel here in the Philippines, I decide to share my travel in foreign country. I still have many travel stories that I want to share, but for the meantime, I just share it piece by piece.

Shopping is one of my interests, but it doesn't mean that when I do some shopping then must buy something. I sometimes do window shopping, just to look around and explore the malls or the store. During my stay in Netherlands, hubby and I spent a time to do some shopping because he knew that I enjoy doing that. We sometimes visit the Boogard shopping center, it's a bit far from the place where we lived, so we need our car to reach the place, but sometimes we took a bus or a tram, then we can save the parking ticket, especially if we plan to stay a bit longer in the Boogard. It's a big shopping mall where you can see a variety of stores from jewelries, fast food, groceries, furniture, textile, clothing, shoes, lingerie's and many more. These shopping center has both open area and covered area to shop; unlike in the malls we have here in the Philippines, it's mostly covered area.



Pryce Plaza hotel

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Pryce Plaza hotel is one of the standard hotels here in my own city, the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro. It is majestically located on top of Carmen Hill and just 15-minutes drive from the Lumbia Airport and only 10 minutes away from the city proper. The Pryce Plaza is the most luxurious convention hotel in Mindanao.

Staying in this hotel gives you a pleasant stay because of the wonderful view of the city. Every time you take a look outside your window, you directly see the overlooking view. What I like most in this hotel is the restaurant and the café that is next to the swimming pool. I remembered that every time I eat my breakfast together with my hubby and family in laws, I prefer to sit next to the window or just facing to the area where I can see the view. While I'm chewing my foods, I can also enjoy watching the view. The rooms they have are great; it's big and clean with its nice bathtub. They have a swimming pool, but I never tried to swim because I'm not so interested with it. And the foods was very delicious, we loved it.

We wanted to have this hotel as our wedding reception last year, but because it's full that time because there's a convention that was held there, so I'm too late to make a reservation. So we just decide to stay there for few days and our wedding reception was held in the other venue, which is the Xavier Estates. However hubby and I got the beautiful room, which is the Presidential Suites, we took it before our wedding day. It's such a big room and a very big bathroom. Well, we really had a great time there, not just because we took the nicest room, but that room was awesome because it's really overlooking view. And the rest of the day we stay in the standard room.



Garden of Malasag Eco-Tourism Park

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Eco village park is a nature park, situated in Sitio Malasag, Cugman, a rolling terrain in the slopes of reforestation area 20 minutes from the city center. With its overlooking view of the Macajalar Bay, the Garden of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village distinctly sits on a 7.2-hectare area prominently etched with nature and eco-trails, connecting to 800 hectares of reforested area.

If you’re a nature lover, then this could be a good place for you to visit. Garden of Malasag gives visitors a colorful glimpse of the ecology and rich ethno-Filipino heritage of Northern Mindanao, as showcased through various artifacts, customs and traditions, flora and fauna amidst a reforestation setting.

Visiting here will give you an impression of the Filipino heritage. Aside from that, you will enjoy also the green view of the nature, with some native houses which we called here as “nipa hut”, some animals in the cage, hanging bridge that you can walk, botanical gardens, some flowers that bloom and many more.

This place is memorable to me because hubby and I got our pre nuptial shoots here. We choose this place because we both like nature. The result in our prenuptial pictures was very beautiful.