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  1. tulips - https://i.postimg.cc/fyj7RJL4/tulip.jpg canal - https://i.postimg.cc/L5X4nW4H/canals.jpg windmill - https://i.postimg.cc/4d3R5hDP/windmil.jpg
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  2. The Second World War cost the lives of many civilians in Limburg, and a large number of towns and villages were destroyed by bombings and artillery battles. Various cemeteries, too, bear witness to this dark chapter in Limburg's history. Almost 8,500 American soldiers, who perished during the liberation of the Netherlands, lie buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten. Other big war cemeteries are to be found at Overloon (British soldiers) and the Ysselsteyn German war cemetery was constructed in the Municipality of Venray for the 31,000 German soldiers who lost their lives. According to the research of Herman van Rens, the residents of Limburg were especially active in hiding local and refugee Jews during the Holocaust, to the extent that the Jewish population even increased during the war. Jews in hiding were three times as likely to survive in Limburg as in Amsterdam.
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  3. I have chosen South Holland as part of the provinces for this month. It has a population of over 3.7 million people it is a most populous province, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. South Holland offers pretty much everything that makes the Netherlands so famous. Historic cities like Delft and Leiden, tulips in the flower-bulb fields and Keukenhof, and windmills on Kinderdijk. South Holland is a local government district of Lincolnshire. The district council is based in Spalding. Other notable towns include Crowland, Holbeach and Long Sutton. The district is named after the historical division of Lincolnshire known as the Parts of Holland. (Information from Wikipedia and various sites)
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  4. I choose the province of Zeeland. Which is the westernmost and least populated province in the Netherlands. As of November 2019, it has a population of 383,689 with the biggest city being Terneuzen (population of 54,589). The capital of Zeeland is Middelburg (population of 48, 544). It gets its name from the many islands and peninsulas it has. One fun fact is that the present day Zeeland was not established until after the formation of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the end of the French occupation. The second fun fact is that New Zealand was named after Zeeland after Dutch authorities renamed it from Staten Landt once they realized it was not part of Argentina. (Abel Tasman was a Dutch explorer who first saw New Zealand and named it Staten Landt. He did not land there.)
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  5. Tulips didn’t originate in Holland. They were imported from the Ottoman Empire starting in the 16th century. In Keukenhof Garden – more than 7 million bulbs bloom here annually.Tulips bloom between late March and early May, but mid-April is your best bet to see the flowers at their peak. The Dutch countryside is lined with flower fields. The area between Haarlem and Leiden, known as the Flower Strip, is also an ideal place to frolic among the flowers.The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love. Like many flowers, different colors of tulips also often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty. This was taken from multiple sources.
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  6. Tulips - https://ibb.co/YWGW352 Canal - https://ibb.co/Y74B7Xq Windmill - https://ibb.co/n6Zg1f2
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  7. Tulips - https://imgur.com/a/21inXoV Canal - https://imgur.com/a/nwc8Foj windmill - https://imgur.com/a/JB7pOyH
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  8. I have decided to talk a little bit more about the food fun facts regarding North Holland. Restaurants in North Holland are very diverse, but generally there is plenty of choice. As Amsterdam is the city with the most nationalities in the world, this city is filled with ethnic restaurants. There are plenty of Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Surinamese, Mexican and Argentinian restaurants in the city, among others. It is also the best place for Dutch restaurants, as they cannot easily be found elsewhere. Try to avoid tourist traps as they are expensive, not authentic and they have a pretty bad service.
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  9. Let's talk about some history of Limburg! The modern boundaries of Dutch Limburg, along with its neighbour, Belgian Limburg, were basically set during the period after the French revolution, which erased much of the "ancien regime" of Europe, with all its old boundaries and titles. These two provinces were part of a new French département, named (like many départements) after the river running through it, "Meuse-Inférieure", meaning simply "lower Maas". Following the Napoleonic Era, the great powers (the United Kingdom, Prussia, the Austrian Empire, the Russian Empire and France) left the region to the new United Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815. A new province was formed which was to receive the name "Maastricht" after its capital. The first king, William I, who did not want the medieval name to be lost, insisted that it be changed to "Province of Limburg". As such, the name of the new province was derived from the old Duchy of Limburg that had existed until 1795 on the east bank of the Meuse river.
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  10. I chose to talk about North Holland. Holland is known for its cheese and North Holland is no exception. Edam cheese and Beemster cheese are among the most widely known brands of cheese and a must-try. These are not only known in Holland, but are sold all over the world, including the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Australia. North Holland Cheese is a special kind of cheese protected by the European Union. Cheese can only bear this label if it is produced in North Holland with traditional methods and ingredients from the region. You can buy it in any supermarket in the region.
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  11. This is another fun fact, which I find quite lovely, since I am a part of the LGBT+ community! History was made on 1 April 2001 when the Netherlands became the world’s first country to legalise same-sex marriage. Job Cohen, the mayor of Amsterdam at the time, married four couples at midnight on 1 April to mark the occasion. Many same-sex couples have since happily tied the knot. Amsterdam is also known for being one of the world’s most LGBTQ-friendly cities, with plenty of gay bars. You can also see the Homomonument in the city centre, a tribute to gay men and women.
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  12. Another fun fact is about the capital of the Netherlands, the beautiful Amsterdam. Amsterdam is built on more than a million wooden poles, which extend around 12 metres into the ground. The city was founded on swampy land, and the first builders drove the wooden poles into a solid sandy layer of the river floor. They also built the Royal Palace at Dam Square on 13,659 wooden poles. Even some trees in Vondelpark are held up by wooden poles to stop them from sinking into the soft ground. Nowadays, builders use concrete or steel poles in construction for better stability.
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  13. Amsterdam’s beautiful bridges are an icon of the city. There are 1,281 bridges in Amsterdam which connect the city’s 165 canals. There are several historic bridges, while others are decorated with bright flowers or lit up at night. You can even see 15 bridges at once, by crossing the Reguliersgracht and Herengracht bridges.
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  14. puzzle https://i.postimg.cc/QttVRfNp/bryan.jpg quiz https://i.postimg.cc/nzyjBvZB/bryan-adams.jpg
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  15. https://i.postimg.cc/QCNJjYcS/Nederland.jpg
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  16. Task 1 https://ibb.co/SKPV31y Task 2 https://ibb.co/5h0GxPp
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  17. tulips: https://imgur.com/a/6G0IphE canal: https://imgur.com/a/29E6cRP windmill: https://imgur.com/a/pIJFBrB
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  18. Last week of the Netherlands. For this week we'll have a discussion and some jigsaw puzzles and an Unscramble Words to complete. The Netherlands are know for their breathtaking tulips. There are 800 varieties of tulips. 7 million flower bulbs bloom in the spring in Keukenhof Gardens. 7 million! There are 165 canals in Amsterdam and is about 60 miles in length. Some of the windmills in the Netherlands are used to drainage. They would pump the water out of the lowlands back into the rivers so the land could be used for farming. You have until the end of November to post a fun fact about either tulips, canals or windmills. Make sure you have at least 100 words in your post. You will receive 15 Diamonds for each post, and may earn Diamonds for up to 2 posts. (Your second post may be to comment on the post of another person or post a new and great 'fact' about tulips, canals or windmills.)
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  19. Ok.... one more game since my tech person, most graciously made it up for me. Solve this Unscramble Words puzzle and send me your answer in a Sett PM by the end of November to earn 30 Diamonds.
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  20. The Netherlands is known as ‘the flower shop of the world’ and for good reason. They produce 80% of the world’s flower bulbs and the flower industry makes up over 5% of the Netherland’s GDP. The country accounts for nearly 90% of the world’s total area of tulip farms (around 11,000 hectares), and they produce 4.3 billion tulip bulbs annually. The flowers are also one of the Netherland’s biggest tourist attractions, with thousands of people flocking to see the beautiful fields each year. Haarlem is one of the best places to see the flowers, with many commercial fields and a Flower Parade. You can also visit Keukenhof Park, known as the ‘Garden of Europe’. It’s the largest flower garden in the world, with around 800 varieties of tulips.
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  21. It's official! The BIG GUY has arrived at the Macy's Day Parade... the Christmas season is upon us! 104 pieces unfinished - https://imgur.com/a/l7dV88x finished - https://imgur.com/a/wWxpBQh
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  22. Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade right now - 104 pieces unfinished - https://imgur.com/a/o2j7WHp finished - https://imgur.com/a/xpAfTct
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  23. I'll be baking some of these tomorrow - 100 pieces unfinished - https://imgur.com/a/W5sxFxp yes it says 143, but I did the 100 piece puzzle.. I just forgot to take a screen shot of it finished - https://imgur.com/a/dnmtsZj
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  24. Of course, I went and looked at the list of names .... What leapt out at me was Friesland! A Fun Fact is that the Friesian horse was developed in Friesland. Not only this magnificent horse came from there, though. Being mainly an agricultural area, they have an interest in animals of the farm and have also developed a black and white breed of dairy cattle, the Holstein Friesian (often called Holstein here in the USA which is amazing because lo and behold, when I was a kid, we had a Holstein cow!) and the black and white breed of dog called Stabyhoun. The Holstein Friesian is a 'mild' breed (not very temperamental) and produces lots of high quality milk. Another Fun Fact is that Friesland is one of the twelve provinces to have its own recognized national language (West Frisian). That means that a province, which is a little larger than the state of Delaware (Delaware is 1,954 square miles in size and Friesland is 2,220 square miles in size) has its own language. Friesland Wiki
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  25. https://imgur.com/a/dBEnx79
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