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Regional Information - HollandPlaces Of Interest & Things To SeeThe Keukenhof bulbfields at LisseEvery year the Keukenhof gardens produce a dazzlingarray of floral gardens to coincide with the springflowering of the bulbfields of Holland. Millions oftulips are carefully tended for in an area covering over32 hectares. There are carnivals and flower paradesthroughout April. Opens late March to Mid Mayeveryyear.Royal Den HaagThe Hague is the home of the Palaces of the DutchRoyal family who are loved and respected by theDutch nation. Also to visit is the peace palace and thewar crimes tribunal which illustrate the importance ofThe Hague as the world's city of peace and justice.DelftThe home of the world famous pottery production isalso a pleasant historical town with canal side walks,fine architecture and atmospheric markets such as theflower market.AmsterdamNo trip to Holland is complete without a visit toitsliberal and bohemian capital. You can walk orevencycle along its canal paths admiring thefinemerchants houses and swing bridges whichcharacterize the city. There are world famous artmuseums where Rembrandt's, Van Gogh's andVermeer's finest work can be visited. Contemporaryhistory in the shape of Anne Frank's house is alsoafascinating museum. There are diamond factories,famous breweries and even a Madame Tussaud'swaxwork museum. A great day for all the family.Alkmaar cheese marketWatch the 14th century tradition of the cheeseporters bring the cheese into the market on theirwooden barrows suspended on their shoulders.EveryFriday morning from 9am.The Zaanse SchansThis is a delightfully produced replica village oftheway Holland used to be in the 17th and 18thcenturies. Green wooden houses, hump backedbridges and historic windmills make this one ofHolland's premium attractions.Fun For All The FamilyMadurodamHolland smallest city! See the canals of Amsterdam,the Alkmaar cheese market, the Delft pottery andhow the Delta dam works. This fascinating modelvillage is set amongst beautiful gardens and is fullyfunctional. It's just like being in the real place!De EftelingVisit one of Holland's favourite attraction parks withits fairytale theme and informative as well as excitingattractions. A great day out for children of all ages. Walibi World at BiddinghuizenPart of the Walibi theme park group, this amusementpark boasts no fewer than 7 fantastic rollercoastersplus the Splash battle, as submarines journey throughfoggy tunnels and sprouting geysers.Scheveningen Sea MuseumWith fish and coral from all over the world.Beekse Bergen Safari Park and attraction park Near Tilburg.Cycling around the bulbfieldsHolland is flat and amazingly bike friendly.Things To DoDen Haag museums -the city boasts over30museums with internationally acclaimed artexhibitions such as the Mauritshof.Amsterdam canal cruise -to see the city's famoushighlights from the comfort of a cruiser.Rotterdam -a vibrant and modern centre with greatshopping and the amazing IMAX cinema.Local SpecialitiesDutch cuisine is noteworthy for its soups and cheeses.. Try the pea soup with sausage croutons! . Gouda cheese.. Satay chicken.. Indonesian cookery.. Seafood - the shrimps and langoustines areparticularly good.. Beer - Amstel, Grolsh and Heineken are well knownlagers, but also more fruity darker beers like Palmand Grimbergen plus White beers (Wit bier), whichis very refreshing on hot days.Wassenaar6666thomsonalfresco.co.uk

6767thomsonalfresco.co.ukRegional Information - FrancePlaces Of Interest & Things To SeeMonet's Giverny Garden Giverny is a small village where Claude Monet spentthe last 43 years of his life producing countlesspaintings of his gardens including hisfamous -Waterlillies.You can see reproductions of his finest works, aswellas some of the spectacular gardens andlillypondsthat inspired the famous impressionist painter.Bayeux TapestryBayeux is an old town which was sparedbombardment in World War II.Home to the magnificent 11th century BayeuxTapestry. This tapestry is 70 metres long and accountsthe 1066 invasion of England. Made between 1070 and 1080, the tapestry is housedin the Centre Guillaume le Conquérant, close tothecathedral.CaenCaen was mostly rebuilt after intense bombardmentin 1944. It now boasts a large cityand river port andis the gateway to the Calvados region, well known forit's oysters. Caenoffers many places to visit, includingMuséede Normandie, with exhibits covering thehistory of Normandy and remains from the Bronze,Neolithic and Iron Ages. Also Mémorial-Musée de laPaix presenting a view of life during World War II, theremains of William the Conqueror's fortress as well asnot one but two abbeys!RouenHistoric Rouen is the capital of Normandy - whereJoan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431 anditnowhouses The Joan of Arc Museum. There isanimpressive Gothic cathedral and the old citycontains around 2000 half-timbered houses whichlinethe narrow streets.ValognesWell worth a trip to visit the cider museums, andyoucan indulge yourself with tastings of theliqueurs andapple brandy.La Cote Fleurie - The Floral CoastThe Port of Honfleur is a picturesque seaside townwith its colourful harbour and lively atmosphereanditattracted many impressionist painters in the19thcentury. There are fine stretches of sand hereand it is home to a small naval museum MuséedelaMarine.Deauville is the Queen of the Coast, known as theMonte Carlo of the North, with its stylish resort andattractive wide promenade and yachting marina.Withfirst class hotels, a casino, a beach and tworacecourses there is no lack of excitement and thebest restaurants are located off the PromenadedesPlanches.CoutancesThe medieval hilltop town of Coutances, hastworemarkable sights, a Gothic cathedral andastunning landscape garden.D-Day LandingsThe coastline of towering cliffs and beaches isfamousas the location of the 1944 D-Day Landings. There arefive D-Day beaches around the bay of the Seine, eachremembered by its code name. The landing beachesof Omaha andUtah make a fascinating trip. AtOmaha Beachthe American infantry division lostover3,000 men before midday on 6th June 1944. Other D-Day beaches are: Utah, Gold, Juno andjustwest of Ouistreham and the British SwordBeach.Fun For All The FamilyTheme ParksParc Astérix - (North of Paris) has one of the mostimpressive roller coasters in Europe. Why not minglewith the comic characters Astérix and Obélix, andenjoy the Menhir Express log flume. Cerza ZooGreat for the kids, Cerza is home to over 250animals. ClécyMusée du Chemin de Fer Miniature - The biggestminiature railway in Europe.Luc-sur-MerWhere you can see a skeleton of a whale which wasbeached there ninety years ago!CherbourgLa Cité de la Mer - The largest aquarium in Europe.ArromanchesA circular theatre where you can learn about D-Day and the battle of Normandy througharchivefootage.Beaches to visit:Normandy is home to some of the finest beachesinFrance. There are sandy beaches at Fermanville,StPair-sur-Mer and along the Cherbourg peninsula.Many beaches are accredited with the European BlueFlag award, these include Barneville-Carteret, Dieppe,Les Pieux, Fecamp, Gouville and Colleville-Montgomery.Things To DoThe Cider Route - a scenic trail through the regionsapple orchards. This is a signposted routethrough theheart of the Norman cider making country.Golfing - Normandy is a golfer's paradise with many18-hole courses. These are varied with acombinationof links, parklands and stadium-style courses.Local Specialities. Cream - Normandy is the land of dairy produce,with cream the base for dishes à la Normande.. A regional speciality is fish poached in ciderandcream.. Calvados - Apple brandy - known as 'Le TrouNormand'.For a list of events in Normandy visit:www.normandiememoire.comNormandy