Huge billboard to be erected by Leiden train station

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Travel

On Thursday the city of Leiden began placing a huge billboard near the Centraal Station. When complete, the billboard will be 1100 square meters in size. The board will promote cultural events in Leiden, with the image of a huge bookshelf holding books with titles related to themes such as the celebration of Rembrandt’s 400th birthday this year. Leiden’s museums and landmark buildings will also be featured. The billboard will be located between the train station and the center of the city, so visitors will see it as soon as they arrive in the city. More »

February 25th 2006 | 12:30 pm CET | 1 Comment »

National Archives available on Google Video

Posted by Arthur in Science & technology

Today the United States National Archives and Google have launched a pilot program to make the National Archives available for free online through Google Video. The non-exclusive agreement will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films. More »

February 24th 2006 | 11:34 pm CET | No Comments »

Blind visitors to feel ice sculptures in Leiden

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland

The Rembrandt-themed Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival, an attraction in Leiden since December, has been a huge success. Nearly a quarter million people have seen the ice statues so far. The festival will close this Sunday at 6pm. At 5:30pm a group of blind and legally blind persons will be able to feel the sculptures. During the run of the festival, touching the sculptures by the public was not allowed. More »

February 24th 2006 | 9:38 pm CET | No Comments »

Pet Chickens Tossed Into Petting Zoos, Farmsexternal link

Posted by Arthur in Birds, Life in Holland, Nature, News

Dutch bird hobbyists, who keep chickens, geese and ducks as pets, are giving their birds to local petting zoos and children’s farms out of fear of bird flu. At farms and petting zoos in cities like the Hague, Apeldoorn and Leideschendam, the pet birds have been tossed into the yard by their owners!

February 24th 2006 | 12:08 pm CET | No Comments »

Dutch cars will get emission stickers

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News

Dutch cars will get a sticker that says how much they pollute. Towns will be able to use this information to change their parking policies; dirtier cars will pay more. More »

February 24th 2006 | 12:16 am CET | No Comments »

Fancy Coca-Cola bottles cost 40% more

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News, Shopping & Stuff

Three weeks after Coca-Cola introduced new bottles here in the Netherlands, the soft drink giant raised prices of bottles this week with 40%, while many consumers have complained about the flimsiness of the new one-time-use bottles. More »

February 23rd 2006 | 10:06 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Bike faster than car in Rotterdam

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland

Last Saturday a team of bicyclers were able to cross the city of Rotterdam faster than an auto making the same journey. A group of travelers using public transport also participated; they came in last. The teams traveled the city from west to east and the bikers arrived at the finish two minutes faster than the car. The team using public transport arrived about a half hour later. More »

February 21st 2006 | 12:30 pm CET | No Comments »

Historic center of Werne in Germany

Posted by Arthur in Travel

Yesterday we visited our friends Mike and Tina in the small town of Werne in the Münsterland area in Germany, where we had a nice tour of the historic center. More »

February 19th 2006 | 6:45 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Bunkers bring bats to Dutch park

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature

This year the Dutch organization for mammal study and protection (VZZ) placed twelve ‘bunkers’ in the natural area Slot Haamstede in the province Zeeland to provide winter shelters for bats. Five bunkers which were placed there earlier are now filled with dozens of bats. The twelve new bat shelters also have some new residents overwintering there, and the VZZ expects the number of bats in all of the bunkers to increase in coming years. In total there are 45 bat shelters at Slot Haamstede, and 26 are hosting bats this winter. More »

February 17th 2006 | 9:00 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Fuss about opening times in Leiden

Posted by Arthur in Leiden, Life in Holland, Shopping & Stuff

Shopkeepers outside the center of Leiden protested against a city plan to allow shops in all of Leiden to open their stores to customers on Sundays. Until now this was only allowed in the city center. More »

February 16th 2006 | 7:08 am CET | 2 Comments »