Upcoming events in October,
plus special highlights.
Page 4 & 5
A look at the Groningen based,
Visit to the Bourtange Fortress.
Halloween short story.
Page 10 & 11
It requires creativity to travel from the north of The Netherlands to
other places using public transport. We can’t go to Paris with the
same ease as an Amsterdammer. So, I have sought out different
ways to get to places people would like to go.
We already know about Public Express,
a bus service that connects Groningen,
Oldenburg, and Bremen. But, did you
know that the service is expanded?
With one fast connection, we can go to
Berlin and Hamburg now. A
comfortable return trip to Berlin is 81,00
euros adult fare.
Just for fun, Drenthe Tours operates
trips and tours from one day to several
days. Their changing offers included a
day trip to Paris I tried this summer for
only 42.50 euros, leaving right from
Groningen Station. Maybe they will go
to London next time! Their current
offers include the Dickens Festival in
Deventer, Gouda by Candlelight, a
whole array of Christmas markets in
Germany, concerts and shopping trips.
They have a two-day Christmas Market
tour of Hamburg and Bremen for 85,00
euros including hotel and breakfast.
France has a magical draw, so I sought
Travel - More Ways to Get There
out more ways to get there. By idBus in Amsterdam, there are trips to Lille and Paris for
a reasonable price. Travel on these buses includes free Wifi and plug-in at your seat for
recharging your devices. They have fares to Paris starting at 39,00 euros each way. You
can plan your return train from Groningen to Amsterdam on the same day avoiding an
overnight stay enroute. If you travel the whole way by train it is possible to leave
Groningen in the morning and be in Paris for lunch.
Read further on page 3.
Metro Station in Paris, France
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Travel - More Ways to Get There (continued)
Eurolines is a stalwart in the bus business covering
over 500 destinations in Europe and to Morocco. They
offer express buses to Paris and to Lyon, the second
largest city in France. Promo tickets are their cheapest
offer, and ticket prices can start at unbelievably low
rates which seem to depend on how much time you
want to sacrifice. Eurolines travels to northern
destinations from here. From Groningen Station, you
can travel to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. The
return fare for Groningen to Oslo is 134,00 euros.
The closest German city of Leer is well worth a visit
and is reached by a direct train from Groningen.
www.publicexpress.net :: www.drenthetours.nl
www.eurolines.nl :: www.nl.idbus.com/nl Berlin, Germany
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Special & New Upcoming Events for Groningen, Friesland & Drenthe
Special & New Upcoming Events for Connect Noord Holland
On 9 October come and join Connect Noord Holland for a bread making workshop at a bakery in Groet.
This month Connect Noord Holland is hosting an open borrel night at EETpaleis Brasserie, Alkmaar. Everyone is welcome , so
please come join us for a wonderful evening!
Connect Noord Holland is also holding two Halloween events. One for families, on 25 October, the second for Adults on 26
This month a new socializing event is
launching in Groningen: Cultural Connect.
On 9 October we will be visiting the
Martinitoren, and later in the month on 23
October we will be visiting the Groningen
Museum. Future events will be located at
different places around Groningen. Visit
the website for more details and to
Last month Connect held a beading party
and we will be doing it again. This month it
will be on Sunday 13 October at the
Connect Offices in Groningen. The event is
free, bring your own materials. Visit the
website to register.
Next month TANNAHILL WEAVERS will be performing
throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. They play
traditional Scottish music.
24 Nov 2013 at Cafe de Amer, Amen is the closest to
Groningen. You must make a reservation. Call early! It will
sell out! Full concert dates can be found on their website.
On 3 November there will be a handmade market in
Groningen, on the Vismarkt.
Diezijn Leuk! is a market with all kinds of unique, original and
handmade products. You also get the opportunity to be
inspired by many stalls selling hobby supplies.
(who hosts the
Connect Craft Club)
will be at the market
so pop by to say hello!
Cortlyn Schmitz runs her Montessori Preschool,
located in Groningen, where children can play
and learn in a home-like environment that
encourages them to be independent and
self-motivated while developing them
intellectually, emotionally and socially. I
visited Cortlyn to learn more about Montessori
teaching methods and why she set up her
Cortlyn began teaching back in the US in 2000 and has a
master's degree in education from Temple University,
Pennsylvania. She also holds an early childhood Montessori
Certification via the Montessori Accreditation Council for
Teacher Education (MACTE). In 2010 she moved to the
Netherlands with her husband and young son and a year
later she set up her Montessori preschool because she
wanted to give her son the same form of education he would
have had if they still lived in the U.S.
At the preschool, Cortlyn teaches children from 22 months
up to five years. The main language of instruction is English,
but she also speaks Dutch and French, in order to make the
transition to English easier. The programme follows the
academic calendar of the primary schools, with sessions
running from 8:30 to 11:30. Children can come two, three or
four days a week, and the preschool space accommodates
up to five children each day. The small class size gives Cortlyn
time to spend individually with each child, as well as group
snack and circle time.
During my talk with Cortlyn, she walked me through the
different areas of study. “The materials allow children to learn
things in geography, science and math that they they would
not usually learn in an early childhood setting." Each area of
study has its own space in the preschool room, filled with
different objects and activities that the children can do.
Because the preschool caters to a range of ages, each activity
will help each age group at a different developmental stage.
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Montessori Preschool Groning