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Provinces of the Netherlands: Drenthe – GelderlandGroningen – Flevoland – Friesland – Limburg – North Brabant – North HollandOverijsselSouth HollandUtrecht – Zeeland

By Ruben Alexander

In the Borderland

GERMANY / THE NETHERLANDS – In the southern province of Limburg, on a narrow strip of land between the Meuse river and German border, lies the part of the Netherlands that somehow feels the least Dutch. I don’t know this region very well, and have gathered the photos of two of my rare visits to…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Dutch Midwest

THE NETHERLANDS – The Achterhoek, which roughly translates as ‘Back Corner’, is a region in the eastern Netherlands that borders Germany to the south and east. Relatively empty by Dutch standards and mostly known for agriculture, it has a reputation in the rest of the country similar to that of the Midwest in the United…

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By Ruben Alexander

My Side of Utrecht

THE NETHERLANDS – In this personal, nostalgic post, I hope to give you an impression (rather than an overview) of the eastern part of Utrecht, where I spent most of the first 26 years of my life. Born in a house not far behind the block on the right, this is my ‘home’ roundabout, and…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Green Heart of Holland

THE NETHERLANDS – In the middle of the Randstad, the densely populated area between the four biggest cities of the Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht), lies a region that was intentionally left as empty as it was before the country rapidly urbanised in the second half of the 20th century: Het Groene Hart,…

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By Ruben Alexander

In the Land of the Great Rivers

THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is a country that was shaped by water. Not only by the sea, which made it possible to trade with far corners of the world, but also by the rivers that connect its neighbours to its ports. Much of the country surrounds the delta of  the Rhine and Meuse, two of the most important rivers in Western Europe. …

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By Ruben Alexander

Four seasons in the Maatpolder

THE NETHERLANDS – One of the country’s many polders, or areas with controlled water levels, the Maatpolder used to be on the coast of the Zuiderzee, a bay of the North Sea. But the Zuiderzee was closed off by the Afsluitdijk in 1932, transforming it into the Ijsselmeer. Part the Ijsselmeer was later drained, and the province of Flevoland arose on new land opposite the Maatpolder,

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