Vluchthaven camperplaats, GorinchemOctober 27, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C
We are plugged in to the electric point and overlooking the blue waters of the Vluchthaven from our spot in the €12.50 a night camperplaats, near the town of Gorinchem. We didn't intend to book into a paying site but Gorinchem's streets are narrow and the long, single track, tree lined, dyke-top road leading to this harbour looked more like a cycle track. Therefore, by the time we reached the barrier with the sign asking us to register at the Harbour Master's office, we weren't inclined to backtrack out of there. It did cross our minds what an excellent business strategy this was!
We parked up between 3 other vans facing out towards the harbour mouth and the wide Boven Merwede River. The dyke formed a finger of land, dividing the river from the moorings and provided a mix of leisure craft and huge cargo barges with a place to tie up. Our position on the end also meant there was no through traffic, giving us peace and quiet.
The clear sky produced a crisp air and a bright sun. Vicky was feeling under the weather so stayed in the van crocheting while Will fished at the harbour mouth. Earlier in the day we had treated ourselves and bought some 'drop' sweets. Like the Danes, the Dutch have a big thing for liquorice, although they call it 'drop'. Salty liquorice is the most popular but we chickened out and opted for a sweet bag with some honey flavoured ones mixed in. They weren't really anything unusual, but our tour of the Netherlands has turned into a tour for our taste buds, so we wanted to experience this flavour of the country too!Read more