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Oct 6, 2017 - Family Ties

Welcome - I'm staying at a pleasant little AirBnB out in the suburbs of Pumerend, north of Amsterdam and near the more familiar town of Edam. I'm here to see if I can locate any signs of my 9th great grandfather Hendrick Swieringh (1570 - ?). His grandson, Gerrett, migrated to the Colonies around 1655, a young man of 19. They lived in the nearby town of Beemster, which is famous for its aged gouda. No luck. But a pleasant reception wherever I mention my search. And a very pleasant place to be from, however remotely. The Kirk in Middle...

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Sep 21, 2017 - Day trips from Haarlem

I chose Edam for the map entry, but the map shows Leiden where I also visited. September 20 Edam, Marken and countryside I took a taxi to the car rental agency, since it is nowhere convenient ,even though it is called ‘downtown’. I picked it up with no problems. It may be the first time they didn’t try to sell me the extra insurance! Thanks to the GPS, I found my way. The first part of the drive involved juggling freeway traffic on the north side of Amsterdam, but by the time I got near to Edam it was less hectic. I found parking and walked...

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Apr 30, 2013 - Queen's Day now to become King's Day

The 30 April is a national holiday in the Netherlands called Queen’s Day. This year there was an additional celebration as Queen Beatrix had abdicated (like her predecessors and her son Prince Willem-Alexander was inaugurated as King. So in future it will be known as King’s Day. To avoid the worst of the crowds we headed to the former fishing village of Volendam. In its past the village became an artist retreat with many famous painters such Picasso and Renoir spending time here. The village was busy not only with locals enjoying the...

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