Many of you will probably have a particular image of the Netherlands, or more common, Holland, in mind involving windmills, tullips, cheese and some of you even think of the wooden shoes. Well, you were right! As a Dutchie I can confirm that most of those cliché images you might have in mind are true. We are a country covered in beautiful colorful tullips with an occassional windmill here and there but far from all of us eat cheese of let alone wear wooden shoes. I am one of those people that detests cheese (unless it’s in a melted-pizza-like form) doesn’t like to eat the very typical herring fish and I don’t smoke weed. However, I’m a true Dutchie
Many of you will refer to The Netherlands as Holland as this was the historic name of the country during the Golden Century (16th and 17th). However, with the joining of new pronvinces such as Gelderland, Holland which then only consisted of the provinces of North and South Holland, became The Netherlands (the low lands). The Netherlands now consist of 12 provinces of which North and South Holland still remain the highest populated and host the capital city of Amsterdam (North Holland) and the governmental city of The Hague (South Holland).
I decided that as a tourism student, I ought to know a lot about my own country, at least more than most tourists do, so I am working on a tourist tour around the Netherlands. I’ll visit historical cities such as Leiden, Groningen, Maastricht, Den Haag etc, capture tourism attractions like Madurodam, Scheveningen, the canals of Amsterdam etc. and try to look at my own heritage through a tourist perspective. Meanwhile, this project forms the base of my photography experiment. I am not a professional and I do not have a bulk of gear to shoot with, but between me and my Nikon D40X, I still hope be able to take you on a tourist tour around the Netherlands which you will enjoy and might even inspire you to come and visit my lovely little country. The images on this post are a little heads up of what you might expect. But don’t worry, there is much more to come. In the mean time, have a look on Facebook, where I keep a small portfolio of my travel photographs taken around the globe.