Harrow – Crack ! Goes the Willow

The willow tree is my idea of a gardener’s dream plant. By simply sticking a twig in the ground, a tree will grow. It’s also where aspirin was derived from. […]

Holland Park – Party in the Park

My mission the other day to discover the Dutch origins of Holland Park got no further than spotting some tulips in pots and gardens. Pretty as they were, they weren’t […]

Amersfoort – A Journey To The Centre of the Netherlands

In 1661, around 400 people wander out to the Soest moor where a 10-tonne glacial boulder lies. They put ropes around it, and use sticks to dislodge it. They then […]

Holland Park – A Fashionable Neighbourhood

Living just down the road from Holland Park, it has always intrigued me as to why this little corner of London has a name synonymous with the Netherlands, which I […]

Amersfoort – Where Johan, Jacob And Piet Once Lived

In 1619, a 71-year-old prominent Dutch lawyer is led to the gallows in the Hague. During his 8 months under arrest, he isn’t allowed to defend himself. A kangaroo court […]

Melaka – Of Heritage Streets, Peranakan Cuisine and Legends

I’ve left the streets around my hostel for my last morning in Melaka. I have faith that the streets of Melaka can offer up something totally unique from all the […]

Dordrecht – The Revenge of the Royalists

Cornelis de Witt is released from prison. He has been tortured so badly (see my Hague blog) that he cannot walk. He sends for his brother Johan. But its a […]

Kinderdijk – A Brief History of a Dutch Polder

Everyone knows that much of the Netherlands lies below sea level. After all, “Nether” means the lowlands. But was it always below sea level? And should I be nervous knowing […]