Posts Tagged ‘geography of Holland’

Towns in Canada are typically named in one of three ways: Angliciziation/Francization or translation of the native name for the area (Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Saskatoon, Kamloops, Ottawa, Toronto, Ontario, Medicine Hat) appropriating parts of the Old Country (Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax) invoking saints, royalty or heroic explorers (Victoria, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Regina, St. John’s, Hudson’s Bay) […]


Ever wanted to go on a European road trip – without taking a passport? You can see a lot of major European cities without ever leaving Saskatchewan or southern Ontario! Enlarge View in Google Maps In Amsterdam, Saskatchewan, you could lose yourself for days on the many narrow and twisting streets. Amsterdam, Saskatchewan was named […]


The Netherlands possesses a quaint plurality of towns named “Zevenhuizen” (Seven Houses). There are at least three: Zevenhuizen near Leiden, Zevenhuizen near Gouda and Zevenhuizen near Groningen. On top of that, there are also Driehuizen (Three Houses, near Alkmaar) Vijfhuizen (Five Houses, near Haarlem) and Negenhuizen (Nine Houses, near Delft). Weighing in for the even […]


This is Stad van de Zon, near Alkmaar. Evidently I wasn’t the only child who spent hours carefully bulldozing the terrain into perfect little squares…. Too bad there wasn’t any space left over for a Braun Llama Dome!