Meet Pim de Koel


Pim de Koel

Pim de Koel was born on Holland's "Queen's Day;" born a child of the country. At mere 12 months, he could carve his own clogs. At two, he could churn cheese, and by the time he was five, he was traveling the world lecturing in grand halls on such topics as eco consciousness, artisanal goods, social justice, organic food, and the advancement of the fixed-gear bicycle.

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Greetings!  My name is Pim de Koel, a born and raised Dutchman and your guide to all things Holland Cool!

I must say, 2014 is shaping up to be another big year for our country.  With not-to-miss events like the very first King’s Day in April and the reopening of the renowned Mauritshuis in The Hague this June, there’s never been a better time to visit.

So tell me, traveler, what do you know about Holland?  Windmills? Canals? Picturesque little townhouses and streets lined with cheese?  Or maybe you think of Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, or other masters of the Golden Age?

Yes, yes, that's certainly one Holland...but I would like to show you another.  Many of the things Americans appreciate and enjoy - artisanal foods, biking, cutting edge art and design, an open and progressive culture - are in fact Dutch, and have been for a very long time! What you call cool, we call tradition. You might say Holland is the Original Cool!

So join us for our brand new three-part series as we examine the very essence of Holland Cool, and start planning your next trip!


The best place to see tulips in Holland is Keukenhof. Keukenhof is a park with 7 million flower bulbs surrounded by tulip fields.

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