September 2017
  • Day8

    Rotterdam to Hull

    September 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Wow factor in Julianadorp was the great breakfast and a good chat with our hosts Albert and Ella who have travelled extensively.

    Made the train trip to Rotterdam despite changes to schedules due to works.

    Made it to europoort despite abandoning nodes for navigation. Smooth ferry crossing and made our reserved train despite a long delay in docking.Read more

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  • Day5

    Stop 6 : Texel

    September 21, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Home of the famous Texel sheep.

    Early start and a smooth ride to Den Helder with mostly tail winds.

    Ferry busy with walkers and cyclists - there is a whole deck for bicycles.
    Warm and dry.

    Texel sheep are very close until you try to take their photo when shyness kicks in.

  • Day4

    Stop 5 : Hoorn again

    September 20, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Train to Enkhuizen. The most of the day at the Zuiderzee museum. Interesting and educational (again).

    Collection of Gapers - heads that used to adorn pharmacies.

    Herrings being smoked.

    Man flying on top of a church.

    From the ferry taking us from the museum to the railway station.

  • Day3

    Stop 3 : Hoorn

    September 19, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Tha day started with a fascinating tour of our hosts' house, originally mid 19th century, now restored to its former glory (or better).

    Derk shows Julia the top floor. Derk shows Julia his bedroom. Derk shows Julia the garden. Derk shows Julia the repointing on the front walls. (I was interested too but also taking many photos). We learned much about Haarlem's rich history.

    5 hours cycling to Hoorn involving two ferry crossings (thankfully both running today).

    Great pub meal. I had a bucket of mussels.

    Our hotel is comfortable but Vrienden op der Fiets is hard to beat.
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  • Day2

    Stop 2 : Haarlem

    September 18, 2017 ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Thunderstorms and heavy showers until lunchtime.
    1. Statue of Koster who allegedly invented printing using moveable.type in Haarlem's Grote Markt
    2. Our garden house in Leiden
    3. Our very central house in Haarlem
    4. Central station

  • Day1

    Stop 1 : Leiden

    September 17, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Dry mostly warm day defeated gloomy forecasts. The morning until Delft spent in the company of fellow Brits, Andy and Jen.

    Walked through a carnival atmosphere in Voorsburg where many vintage cars and motorcycles were on display.

    Pressed on to Leiden where we lucky enough to be able to explore two working windmills - free on national mill day.

    B&B is self catering in a huge garden house. Thai for tea!
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