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Presenter : Brianna Barnes

The Netherlands

Globe Trekker Holland

Brianna Barnes, Globe Trrekker HollandThe Netherlands consists of 12 connected provinces and is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It’s also one of the most accessible. Its rich cultural heritage, laid back spirit and outdoor life make it a great destination. In this episode Brianna Barnes visits 4 provinces. Starting her journey in South Holland, our traveller explores the art and architecture of De Stijl, one of the 20th century’s most influential art moments. She takes to the seas, recounting one of the country’s most prolific maritime battles and visits a very contemporary surf compound on Scheveningen Beach.

On the first of many bike trips, Brianna finds out about the Oudewater’s unique place in the European witch trials of the 16th century and experiences first hand a gruelling interrogation on the towns weighing scales. In Leiden sheBrianna Barnes, Globe Trrekker Hollandmeets expert Carla Tuene who takes her back to the 17th century’s Tulipmania and recounts one of Europe’s first financial flower crisis.

In Amsterdam, Brianna visits the big museums and checks out Dutch Master Van Gogh’s most popular works and visits Anne Franks Annex. With her sights set on an insider’s view of the city she uses the Internet to find a bed for the night and crashes a local’s couch. Next she jumps on board with the boys from the St. Nicolaas Boat Club for an impromptu city tour, and tastes Dutch cuisine at its… fastest with a trip to the food automat: Feebo.

The final leg of the journey takes Brianna up through North Holland and over to Friesland. She sees some of the stalwarts of Dutch culture, getting in on the action at a traditional cheese market, meeting miller Tom Kreuning and getting a tour of his extreme home where she finds out about the nuances of clog design.

Brianna Barnes, Globe Trrekker HollandPutting the Netherlands reputation for high tech solutions to the test, she gets peddling again, trying out a wind powered bike and visiting one of the wind turbines that dot the countryside. The finale of the journey sees her enter an open Fierljeppen Competition where compete she gets the chance to take part in one the Netherlands home grown sports: canal jumping.

 

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