Travel Leisure

Donate While You Sleep

What if there was a way to donate money to causes you believe in by – sleeping? What if a portion of your expensive hotel bills could be donated to charities like UNICEF, World Wildlife Foundation, or the Red Cross? What if you could stay in your favourite hotel and be pampered – and at the same time do something…

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Gardening

The Dutch Garden In England

The Dutch garden is said to have been brought to England by William III, though some of its characteristics might have been discovered there before his day. It was an adaptation of the French and Barocco styles, hardly to be called original, but comprising certain features at least individual. This individuality was due to the limited extent of terra-firma and…

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Vacations

Curacao Holland In Miniature

When asked about Caribbean architecture, many tourists might think of small, colorful houses and grass huts. In Curacao, however, the architecture is inextricably linked to the colonial past. Despite the sparkling Caribbean Sea and dry climate, much of Curacao resembles the great Dutch city of Amsterdam more than the picture book version of the region. Under control of the Netherlands…

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Wine

A Bakers Guide To Chocolate

What’s the difference between bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate? Can I use Dutch cocoa in all my recipes calling for cocoa? Understanding the difference in chocolate and how they are used is essential to baking. In this guide, we’ll identify the characteristics of those chocolates used in baking. Cocoa is the dry chocolate powder derived from chocolate liquor. It comes…

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Mortgage

The M Word

Recently Dutch employers attacked oppenents of the mortgage allowance frontally. A memorandum of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and the small and medium-sized enterprises sector (MKB-Nederland) states that every intervention is bad for the economy. Chairman Bernard Wientes says abolishment of the mortgage allowance will harm the economy, the construction sector in particular. Up till now, only…

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Destinations

From Windmills To Diamonds Travel To Holland

Tulips, windmills and wooden shoes might still be a draw to this Dutch region for some travelers; however, Holland is a far more versatile locale with an international and maritime history extending farther back than most of the rest of Europe, including the establishment of New Amsterdam as a major trading city, which became New York when the British took…

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Vacations

Celebrate Saint Nicholas Day In Curacao

Each December in the ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – locals and tourists celebrate the traditional Dutch holiday known as Saint Nicholas Day. Throughout the weeks leading up to the feast day on December 5, Sinterklaas – the Dutch precursor to the American Santa Claus – makes appearances throughout the islands and distributes gifts. Much like the Christmas…

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Dating

Dutch Dating

Dutch dating means that each person will pay for themselves when they go out on a date. This method of dating is often the best when both parties are new to each other, independent, or just friends. Many people often like to go Dutch because they are not comfortable with someone else paying for them. This is common with women…

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Vacations

Keukenhof Gardens Dazzle With Bulbs And Concrete Water Fountains

According to the Eastman Kodak Co., the flowers and ornate concrete water fountains at Keukenhof in the Netherlands are the second most photographed place in the world, after the Taj Mahal in Aga, India. Keukenhof’s history is almost as colorful as its famous Dutch gardens. Keukenhof Has a Colorful History – Just Like its Dutch Gardens When the fair Jacoba…

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