Oh, what a classic – A Windmill In Old Amsterdam has just played on the radio and has brought back a multitude of memories. Recorded by the legendary Ronnie Hilton in the year I was born in 1965 and now a familiar song for many generations of people. However, it may hold even more significance for me as I am half dutch on my Mother’s side and did live in Holland in a place called Horn for a number of years as a child. I especially remember Castle Horn, a beautiful and mysterious castle not far from where we lived and the many windmills dotted around the very flat landscape.
It then dawned on me that I have a husband and four children and not one of them has seen where I lived as a child or knows anything of any real significance about Holland in general. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go and visit the places I had experienced as a child. This then got me thinking about taking a family trip which would allow us to visit these places as well as exploring some of the more popular places to visit in Holland and the surrounding area.
I decided to trawl the internet for some inspiration and found the perfect solution on a web site called River Cruise Tours. It had a wonderful sounding tour called Tulips & Windmills which started in Amsterdam and made its way round some of the most beautiful and historical places to be found in Holland and Belgium. I thought we could visit my childhood neighbourhood first and then embark on the tour.
The tour begins in Amsterdam for two days where you can explore some historical wonders such as the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum which houses some of the brilliant work by the famous and troubled artist.
The journey next takes you to the ancient shipping village of Hoorn where there are historical cheese warehouses dating back to Holland’s Golden Age.
The following morning you’ll arrive in Kinderdijk before sailing towards Antwerp, the amazing Flemish capital, to witness such wonderful sights such as the Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp’s oldest building, Het Steen.
Next, you’ll travel from Ghent to the beautiful city of Brugge to see the Church of Our Ladywhich houses the famous Madonna and Child sculpted by Michelangelo.
You will then travel from Middelburg to Rotterdam and then on to the picturesque and beautiful Keukenhof Gardens, I believe the world’s largest floral park, before returning to Amsterdam.
I’m going to book this Tulips & Windmills tour and will be looking forward to the looks on my family’s faces when they witness some of the worlds most wonderful sights to see – I personally can’t wait to go down memory lane while also singing silently to myself ‘A Windmill In Old Amsterdam’.