Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to visit Madurodam. I guess it all went wrong when I read the book ‘Pinkeltje in Madurodam’. It’s about this little guy the size of a pink (hence the name) who ends up in a Dutch entertainment park where everything is miniature-sized. He lives in a little house there for a couple of days and has to fight a war with the rats. I think the story must be better and longer than that but I cannot remember all the details.
I took my birthday yesterday as excuse to finally go check Madurodam off my bucket list after all these years. I had a marvelous day including red velvet cake, a visit to the beach, tasty sangria and delicious Thai food.
You cannot properly tell from all the pictures, but everything is small. They have miniature replicas of important Dutch government buildings and churches, a mini outdoor ‘concert’, the Dutch airport Schiphol, the famous red light district with miniature hookers in front of the windows (not even kidding) and of course mini tulips and windmills.
Anything that doesn’t have regular sized proportions becomes more interesting. Fish are the size of whales in this wondrous world. Humongous birds sit on the top of buildings and tankers. Normal things in miniature version become instantly cute.
But let’s face it: the real fun part is walking around the park Godzilla style and pretending to be an invincible giant.
Here is to making childhood dreams come true and a new year full of grand hopes and expectations!
August 1, 2014 at 21:14
Ik ben er vorig jaar ofzo geweest en het is inderdaad superleuk! Vooral de dingen die je kent, en dan kun je kijken of ‘t een beetje klopt :)
August 2, 2014 at 20:28
Ja he? Grote ‘ohjaaaa’ factor :)
August 2, 2014 at 19:02
This is awesome, and I didn’t even know it existed. Happy belated birthday, my dear. And I hope that you’re enjoying yourself at the Blogcademy right this very second.
August 2, 2014 at 20:27
The blogcademy is awesome so far! (finished my first day)
August 2, 2014 at 20:22
Happy birthday, Marielle! This looks like it was the perfect way to spend it. Everything looks so real!
Cheers to you for crossing another thing off your bucket list! :)
August 2, 2014 at 20:24
Haha I was just looking at your blog when I saw your comment come in :) I listened to your song on Mary’s blog and it was amazing!
August 5, 2014 at 22:36
I didn’t know this existed, what a fun and whimsical thing to do for your birthday!
love the pictures :)
Happy belated birthday too!