Author Archives: Andrea-Haynes

About Andrea-Haynes

I am a fellow blogger and traveler extraordinaire! I enjoy taking day trips and exploring all of the local cultural experiences with my fellow blogger Amanda! I have 2 children and hope that my experiences with them will help you to make your traveling choices.

Q-Park Website- Parking in The Netherlands

http://www.q-park.nl/ Use the website to search cities in which a Q-Park is located. The prices do not fluctuate much from the typical 2.30 euros an hour. Q-Parks are located all over the Netherlands. Advertisements

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Where to Park in Maasticht

There are quite a few options for parking in Maastricht, all of which can be reviewed on their handy website. Here is my opinion on some of the options available. Park and Walk Cabergerweg – Cabergerweg, Maastricht €1,50/hour up to … Continue reading

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Bisschopsmolen – Flour Mill and Bakery – Maastricht

Located close to the Vrijthof Square is this original flour mill and restaurant. Although it can be much simpler to grind wheat in a more advanced setting, this company prefers to use its centuries old water mill to grind the … Continue reading

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Taart – High Tea in Maastricht

Recommended by a German friend, I set up a tea date with two friends. If you have never had high tea let me explain the basics. Although once a working persons “Afternoon Tea” it has since been adapted to mean … Continue reading

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Kasteel Limbricht – Limbricht NL

Located a short drive from GK is the Kasteel Limbricht. Although today it is used as a restaurant, bowling centre, and overall tourist destination, it was once a beautiful fortress. From In Your Pocket Guide: The current building, which was … Continue reading

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Zum Goldenen Einhorn – The Golden Unicorn- Aachen

Located in one of the many beautiful and historic buildings surrounding the Aachen Cathedral is Sum Goldenen Einhorn. This translates into the Golden Unicorn. The building was once the horse stables for the town center and the restaurant plays off … Continue reading

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MSC Cruise Lines – Sinfonia

Living in Europe gives numerous opportunities to travel and one of your travel options is a cruise. When my family and I decided we would like to take a cruise I went to a ton of websites and ultimately decided … Continue reading

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Tirerack.com — Online Tire Sales

According to most Americans Tirerack.com is the place to go for tires when you are stationed overseas. Some say that the price of tires in Germany and The Netherlands are just way to high to pay. That is opinion, but … Continue reading

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V & D department store

Website: http://www.vd.nl/ This store (which I frequent in the Sittard market place) is a normal department store that could be compared to JC Penny’s. The clothes are fashionable and varied. They have name brands and great prices and sales. We shopped … Continue reading

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Blueberries!! “Oppe Boesj” Blueberry picking

Blueberry picking in the heart of all things that grow is just as fun as you would think. They have acres and acres of blueberry bushes just waiting to give their fruit. Located at: Prinsenbaan 45 6104 BB Koningsbosch They are … Continue reading

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Keukenhof Gardens- Lisse NL

http://www.keukenhof.nl/ The tulip garden’s of Keukenhof is a showcase of the beautiful flowers that call the Netherlands their home. The tulips take center stage because of the lush landscape that provides such a solid home to them, but there are … Continue reading

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Van Son- Brunssum Tires

I popped a tire the other day along side the road driving from GK to Brunssum. After changing the tire I thought, I need to go to Schinnen and get a new one tomorrow. Turns out Schinnen does not carry … Continue reading

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OSSA Camping and Water Sports

Most of the relevant information you can get from their website. It is not big but thorough if you use translate in Google. They boast a variety of activities such as camping, canoeing, mountain biking, Geo-Caching and more. Located near Roermond at: … Continue reading

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Irrland farm adventure oasis: Kevelaer-Twisteden

Just a hop skip and about 1 hour from GK is the “Farm oasis” called Irrland. It is known as a low cost, high fun adventure park for children. Obviously boasting a children’s petting zoo and a few rides, this … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Overnight Trip

We began our Amsterdam planning like you would expect- with an offer to watch the children! Amsterdam seemed like the perfect place to spend a night! I had train tickets that were good for anywhere in The Netherlands. Every now and … Continue reading

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Bavaria in the eyes of a traveler

Neuwanstein Neuschwanstein Castle  is a 19th-century palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwagau near Fussen in southwest Bavaria. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II as a retreat, contrary to common belief. The palace was intended as a personal refuge … Continue reading

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Christmas Time HereAtGk

Spending Christmas at home is a luxury for those who have home at their finger tips. HereAtGK has compiled a list of places that would work as a home away from home during the holidays. Ranging from absolutely picturesque to … Continue reading

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Brunssummerheide- Brunnsum NL

Located behind AFNorth International School is the 1800 recreation area used for walking, cycling, golf and horse riding. The nature park is an immense reserve that contains many ponds, hills, and trails for everyone to enjoy. On one end is … Continue reading

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JFC Brunnsum Alliance Theater

The JFC Alliance Theater in Bldg 405, seats 365 people. AAFES Reel Time Theaters provides newly released movies with showings every Friday and Saturday. Visit the Brunssum Morale and Welfare website for more information. Reel Time Theater Schedule or check … Continue reading

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Ocean Wok Paradise- Sittard

Located in Sittard, the Ocean Wok Paradise is a moderately upscale Asian Buffet. If you go right near opening hours the atmosphere is perfect. They only serve dinner, however do offer take-out at lunch time. The atmosphere is what I … Continue reading

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Markets in the Local Area- Plus Late Night Shopping!

Markets and Late Night Shopping in the Local Area TOWN MARKET DAYS LATE NIGHT SHOPPING Amstenrade Thurs morning Beek Wed morning Fri Brunssum Sat morning Thurs Elsloo Sat morning Fri Eygleshoven Sat 10.00-17.00 hrs Geleen Thurs, Sat all day Thurs … Continue reading

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The BAHN- trains in Germany

Trains in Europe have been a mystery to me until my recent train adventure. I would like to share with you my experiences with the train system in hopes that it will help you a bit during your first train expedition. … Continue reading

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Monschauer Vennbad- Swimming in Monschau

This indoor pool has basic amenities for a sports pool. It is a great place to take a swim and relax, not a water park. The hours and prices are posted on their website: 3€ for adults- 2,30€ for children. … Continue reading

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Eifel National Park

A nature lovers paradise, this park offers a view at wild animals, gorgeous views of nature at its finest, and a tour if you aren’t sure of your naturist side :). The park can be reached easily by car and … Continue reading

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El Greco, Greek restaurant, Stahe

Offering Greek fare right on the B-56 in Stahe, the El Greco Griechisches Restaurant is a very popular place among the locals. We live just a minute from the front doors of this restaurant and see the parking lot full almost every night. The … Continue reading

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Mosae Forum : Maastricht

The large town of Maastricht has a mall atop the parking structure that you use to visit the architecture and history. It is called the Mosae Forum and it’s pretty awesome! Maas is plumb full of shops, but only in this mall can … Continue reading

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Camping in the GK area

This post will be ever changing and ever growing. I felt the need to post it, even with limited information, because of the growing myth that GK has no places to camp. In my travels I have come across a … Continue reading

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C&A Clothing

C&A is a franchise specializing in clothing. Their stores can offer an entire families clothing options depending on which city you find one in, but I especially enjoy their children’s clothing. Their looks are affordable, chic, and always cutting edge. … Continue reading

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H&M

H&M does not really need an introduction to this page, but for those new to the area: It’s a shopping paradise. The clothes are European, plentiful, and best of all- CHEAP! I used to love Charlotte Russe in the States and … Continue reading

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JFC Brunssum- Allied Joint Command Amenities

Brunssum is a NATO base in the Netherlands. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from our west gate it has facilities that GK does not. Many services must be completed at this base including US ID Card replacement. … Continue reading

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Gas Station Hours & ESSO Locations

Do you need to find a gas station store open past 8 o’clock on a Monday night? I did some research and put together this list of gas station hours. Also located below is a list of the nearby ESSO … Continue reading

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Planning Your European vacation

First off, I would like to say that what I do is not right, or perfect, or the only way you could possibly plan a vacations from Germany. I am just saying… this is what I do. 1. Get a … Continue reading

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Beaches of The Netherlands

Far north (about two and a half hours) is the wonderful ocean region of our community. They call this region for the most part The Hauge. There are many beaches scattered about this region ranging from straight up touristy to … Continue reading

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Day Trips : The IYA and MWA

Located on GK NATO AB is the organization, IYA. This group takes care of school aged child care on base as well as plans a plethora of outings for children and their parents. Visit their building during base business hours … Continue reading

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Mondo Verde theme/amusement park

Mondo Verde is a theme park dedicated to the enjoyment of nature. This being said, there is also an amusement park located inside that has a variety of fair rides. Adults enter for about 15 euro, children 9. There are … Continue reading

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Barefoot Park – Blotevoeten Park, Brunssum

Barefoot Park in Brunssum is located in the MiniHaven Schutterspark in Brunssum, perfectly situated between JFC Brunssum and the GK back gate. The park is a barefoot obstacle course good for the young and young at heart. My children and I … Continue reading

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Koln Zoo

This zoo is a vast collection of many different types of animals. We spent the day here and could have spent two. The zoo is divided into sections for the land animals and the sea animals as well as a … Continue reading

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Aachen Day Trip

Aachen day trip is amazing! Just a short drive away, this place offers a starbucks, shopping, restuarants, a centrum with an occasional market, and is where the college is located. Using the trip advisor I have on my phone allowed … Continue reading

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Burg Rode, Herzogenrath

Burg Rode is located in Herzogenrath Germany, near Kerkrade. The castle was first documented in 1104 as a monastery.  It is an absolutely beautiful castle that is used for weddings and is open for tours all summer long. The castle … Continue reading

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Jabusch German restaurant, Geilenkirchen

Jabusch is a great restaurant in the middle of the market place of Geilenkirchen. It serves fabulous and reasonably priced German fare. The restaurant itself is quaint with an outside eating place that serves as a great place to view the … Continue reading

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Maastricht

A visit to Maastricht can provide a wide variety of amazing opportunities for sightseeing, especially architectural. Maastricht holds their claim to fame as being the oldest preserved city in all of Holland. Holland is a state of the Netherlands. (Edit: … Continue reading

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Lego Land – Gunzburg, Germany

It was my son’s birthday just 2 brief months after we arrived here at GK. Being the awesome parents we are, we wanted to plan a trip to his most sought after adventure: Lego Land! I began researching in mid … Continue reading

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Neiderbusch Park

In the small town of Neiderbusch there is a city park that my children just love. It is a large park that the town is very proud of and it is taken care of nicely. There is a zip-line, tall … Continue reading

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Rodebach/ Roode Beek Park

Gangelt is a beautiful town offering amazing activites and restaurants. One treasure is a setback park called Rodebach- Roode Beek Park. This park offers mini-golf, a great outdoor pool, boat rides on a quaint pond, and a restaurant on site. … Continue reading

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AquaZoo- Dusseldorf Germany

Located amongst a plethora of beautiful parks in the museum district of Dusseldorf is the AquaZoo. As its name represents it is a garden of retiles, fish, and other water life including penguins. The facility also houses a small rainforest … Continue reading

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Magic Park- Kids play park – Currently closed

Magic Park has temporarily closed! More information on this will be posted if the situation changes. Thank you! Tucked back in the Industrial/Business district of Geilenkirchen is a gem of a child’s play place called Magic Park. Two stories tall … Continue reading

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El Dorado Steakhouse

The El Dorado is a traditionally upscale restaurant in the Market Place of Heerlen. It is located on the Pancratiuspleen court next to a nice Korean restaurant. The fare was an authentic Argentinean steak house type. You must walk up … Continue reading

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