Monday, January 31, 2011

Madurodam - Holland at it's Smallest

Madurodam is a park that represents Holland in miniature size. Located in The Hague, this miniature city is composed of typical Dutch buildings, windmills, canals, and other landmarks such as Schiphol Airport, Port of Rotterdam, the Delta works, all of which replicated to the smallest detail. It is a perfect place to see the whole of Holland without having to actually visit the places !!!

The park was named after George Maduro, a Jewish law student (Leiden Uni.) from Curacao, who served as an officer in the Dutch Cavalry and died in a concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 29. After World War II, Maduro's parents provided the capital (some say seed money) to start the Madurodam project. In fact Madurodam is considered by the Maduro family as a monument in honor of their only son.

We have been to Madurodam a few times already (with our visitors), and to me it's just the place to experience being a giant :D But my dear son (DS) really love the place, in fact most kids love it!! Maybe the small buildings and trees etc make them think that those are toys !!! Moving trains, boats, ships, plane taxiing at the airport, cars skidded on the runaway are just so fun for them !! You can get a mini Mars chocolate from the chocolate factory, just insert 10 cents and a lorry will come out bringing your piece of Mars bar!! At the clog factory, you can get a small ceramic clog by inserting 50 cents (i think, actual price I forgot) and a lorry will come out and bring you a clog souvenir !! You can even witness a ship caught fire and is later doused with water !!


I wanted DS to pose just like this, but couldn't :( No fair !!!

That time, what I loved the most about the place was this .......


It was April 2009, and there were lots and lots and lots of tulips of various shapes and colours !!!!

Couldn't resist the temptation.... just had to be among the flowers :D


Mat bunga... he...he...

And I love this one......

Ohhh glorious spring, since snow is so shy in coming..... please come early :D

14 comments:

iina said...

Spring is coming right and I never been to the famous keukenhof garden.. thn nie xde masa dah ;)

Lady Lavender said...

saya teringin sgt nak pi land of tulip during spring. Kalau ada rezeki one sweet day nak gak pi sana:-). Mau mata saya berpinar-pinar tengok tulip mcm2 kaler..bestnya..

i amsterdam said...

iina,

Selalunya Keukenhof dibuka antara 20 Mac hingga 20 May (dates differ depending on weather), jadi masih boleh cuba :D

i amsterdam said...

Lady Lavender,

Memang berpinar mata tengok tulip yg bermacam warna :D, tapi kalau nak datang kena tengok time juga. Hujung Mac bunga tak sempat kembang kalau msm sejuk berlarutan, dan kalau datang Mei, bunga mungkin dah kurang. The best is mid to end of April.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Mother of Ilam,
Imagine me frolicking among the tulips with Ilham? Such fun we'll have. Haha...Ilham can pretend to be Gulliver at Madurodam. purrr....meow!

TK said...

Cantiknya all those flowers...
Bestnya kalau amek gambar all those flowers. I minat bunga2an ni..

i amsterdam said...

Dear Angelina,

Ilham would looove to frolick with you among the tulips.. just keep your sharp claws to yourself.. you see he is ticklish, he used to hold his hamster with gloved hands !!! :D

i amsterdam said...

Dear TK,

I know u love flowers!!!

Ini baru Madurodam in The Hague, kalau pergi Keukenhof garden masa2 gini... lagi best agaknya...

Nana said...

I wanted to go to Keukenhof last year during my UK visit but tak kesampaian. So, will you visit that place this year? Boleh tangkap gambar banyak2 nanti. Mesti best kan?

i amsterdam said...

Dear Nana,

InsyaAllah tahun ni nak pergi lagi.. ada kawan nak datang masa tu.. besttt... :D

Nieda said...

Seronoknya berada dalam bunga-bungaan tu

Cheqna said...

wow...bestnye..dan dan nak pergi sana..hehe..

InsyaAllah soon ye

:-)

i amsterdam said...

Hi Nieda, welcome to our worlds :D

i amsterdam said...

Dear Cheqna,

Ni sengaja duk tayang kat cheqna hihihi