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Gemeente Waterland

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  • Day40

    First Ride Nord

    June 15 in the Netherlands

    Our first ride north. Everyone kept telling us to ride north from Amsterdam to quickly get to the agrarian settings, canals, and little villages. Boy were they steering us right. One kilometer north of our place we took a ferry to cross the main canal which separates Amsterdam from Amsterdam Nord. Within 15 minutes we were riding in the countryside along another canal.

    We stopped a few times long our route. In Ilpendam we stopped for coffee and tea and met a friendly couple who are also a couple of years into retirement. They have been driving all over Europe cycling and camping out of a converted step van. We also sighted a cycling postal carrier who brings his dog along to work.

    Along the way we noted an instance of a location specific phenomenon Birgitt described by saying 'In Holland there are rules, but there are no rules'. We even shot a photo of a Dutch couple as proof positive.

    The route today swung through several small towns and villages. Monnickendam was especially picturesque. We stopped for a bite there and took a shot of a beautiful sailing rig. We'll be returning with our guests this summer for fish and chips. There's also a Bach concert this Sunday, so we'll probably head up for that too.

    Most of the route followed the dikes along the coastline.

    Lovely.
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  • Day50

    One Fun Morning...

    June 25 in the Netherlands

    We heard the weather was changing from cold and gray to sunny and warm so we hit the road. Augie rode my bike and I got a spin on Harrie's city bike. We rode north through the area above Amsterdam called Waterland. First leg took us to Broek in Waterland. Over the past two centuries this was the quintessential Holland village. Anyone who visited Holland toured this village. Often they'd take a canal boat and spend the day. Napoleon even paid a visit. Mary Mapes Dodge also had this town in mind when she penned Hans Brinker. Next leg took us to the village of Waterland, and the last leg took us home.

    A Google Video can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MXJH6uxRouHWfgML8

    We, of course, stopped for treats along the way.

    Off to the market for the afternoon. We are getting ready for Sophie and Jacob's visit tomorrow!
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  • Day61

    Five Villages on a 10€ Bus Pass!

    July 6 in the Netherlands

    Today Alison, Nancy, and I headed north to visit villages lining the western edge of the Zuider Zee (southern sea). We bought a 10 euro bus day pass at Amsterdam Centraal station to begin our journey.

    Our first stop was the tiny village of Marken. The town is one of those places that are so cute, one wonders if people actually live there. Sort of like Bruges or Disneyland. We got a shot of some LBBs (little brown birds) waiting for the crumbs from the cookie that came with our cappuccinos.

    In Marken we caught a ferry to Volendam. Another, slightly bigger, quintessentially dutch town with a seaside strip that had suffered the same fate as the previous town. Shop after shop of kitch and fried food. We quickly began walking north toward the next village and were rewarded with a pleasant town with lovely houses and canals just a block away from the tourist strip. Volendam was actually a very nice place! At one point we passed an elementary school as it was letting out for the weekend. Lots of parents on bikes picking up their offspring. I turned to look at the school and it was named after J. F. Kennedy. Nice.

    Our walk wended north along a canal to the town of Edam. Famous for its cheese. At the top of the village was the Grote Kerk or Big Church. It wasn't being used for services any longer but there was an art exhibit being set up for the season. I took some shots of a few of the more formidable pieces and they can be seen here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4s5ocM2zH3DK19Zw6

    I also had one of those sublime experiences sitting on a bench outside of that church. The view was of flat green fields framed by an old bridge and stretching out in the distance. A cow grazed on the near field, occasionally scratching its chin on willows by the bank of a small canal. Very pleasant.

    From Edam we bussed it north to Hoorn a base for the Dutch East India company. Extraordinary town with lots of 16th century buildings and a rather fancy shopping area. I've included some more photos of Hoorn here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Fk9U92hYCVCoaus17

    Last stop was the town of Monnickendam where they were preparing for a weekend of traditional Dutch inland sailing boats. They were all amassed in the little harbor. We had pretty good fish and chips while watching the goings on.

    All in all a very pleasant day.
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  • Day1

    De Visscher Taverne

    March 30 in the Netherlands

    Nachdem es bereits beginnt zu dämmern (8 Uhr) beschließen wir hier in Marken auch gleich zu Abend zu essen.

    Am Hafen suchen wir uns de Visscher Taverne aus. Das Restaurant ist schön dekoriert und macht einen gemütlichen Eindruck. Die Spezialität des Hauses sind Pannenkoeken. Wir ordern Tomatensuppe, Pannenkoeken mit Ziegenkäse, Fish 'n' Chips und diverse Getränke.

    Es dauerte ein wenig und das Gedächtnis unserer Bedienung ließ auch zu wünschen übrig, sie fragte nochmal nach den Pannenkoeken, es kam Sprite statt Rivella, die Suppe wurde mit den Essen serviert, obwohl sie Vorspeise sein sollte,... Aber das Essen war wirklich gut. Die Tomatensuppe frisch zubereitet und kein 'Packerl' oder 'Dose', der Pannenkoeken wirklich sehr gut, die Chips sahen sehr nach handcut aus. Nur der Fisch war leider nicht mehr knusprig, als er an den Tisch kam. Alles in allem können wir de Visscher Taverne empfehlen. Es ist mit Sicherheit kein Gourmettempel, aber die Qualität des Essens ist gut und die Preise sind angemessen. Die Pannenkoeken sind wirklich sehr gut zubereitet und auch die Kombination aus Ziegenkäse, Speck, Rucola, Honig und Pinienkerne überzeugte absolut.Read more

  • Day1

    Marken

    March 30 in the Netherlands

    Nach einer kurzen Zimmererkundung und Rast im Hotelzimmer beschließen wie uns gleich nochmal auf den Weg zu machen und Region hier ein bisschen zu erkunden. Uns zieht es ans 'Meer'...

    Marken, eine 'kleine' Insel in der Gouwzee welche bis 1957 nur mit dem Schiff erreichbar war, ist unser Ziel. Wenn man nun über den Damm auf die Insel kommt wird man gleich in einem Parkplatz geführt, da viele Teile der Insel verkehrsberuhigt sind. Nur die Anwohner dürfen meist fahren, was aber auch super ist.

    Wir parken und laufen über die 'Beatrix Brug' gleich Richtung eines Souvenir Shop, dieser wird aber gerade trotz der späten Stunde von 19 Uhr von einer spanischen Reisegruppe gestürmt, so laufen wie nur kurz durch. Die Siedlung ist wunderschön, mit kleinen, leicht typisch Holländisch anmutenden Häusern. Wir laufen Richtung Hafen...

    Das war früher Mal ein Fischerhafen, ist aber jetzt 'nur noch ein touristischer' Hafen mit vielen Privatbooten. Trotzdem wunderschön und aufgrund der späten Stunde haben wir den fast für uns alleine.... Sogar die kleinen Läden direkt an der Pier haben schon 'gesloten'.

    Wir laufen einmal eine Runde ums Hafenbecken bis zum kleinen Strand am Ende. Auf dem Weg hat uns ein Restaurant angesprochen, wo wir noch zum Abendessen eingekehren werden.
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  • Day39

    Monnickendam

    May 28, 2017 in the Netherlands

    After fighting the city crowds and a brief heat wave yesterday, we are biking in the countryside north of Amsterdam. We found a cafe in the shade for coffee and apple pie (with the whipped cream, of course). Our lodging is a garden house on a canal near Amsterdam. (Our hostess Zita and her daughter, Erna are pictured) Found it through Airbnb - a first experience and very pleasant so far. We are using Airbnb in Bruges and Home Away in Normandy and Paris. We are remembering our fallen soldiers this weekend and during the week, too. Wednesday we will attend a remembrance ceremony in Ypres for the 90,000 soldiers who were lost in Flanders during WWI and will be tracing my father's path in the area during the war almost 100 years ago. Dad was born in 1896 and joined the Calvary in 1917, trained in Augusta, GA, and was sent overseas in 1918. His diaries and letters are intact along with a map and memorabilia from his service. Precious artifacts from a war that doesn't receive much notice.Read more

  • Day1

    Dag 1 13 november

    November 12, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Vandaag gaan we 10 uur vliegen van Amsterdam naar de Sri Lakaanse commerciële hoofdstad Colombo. Het tijdverschil met Nederland is +5.5 uur, we verwachten veilig te landen om 23:45 uur lokale tijd en de temperatuur zal 24 graden zijn.

  • Day1

    Vertrek vrijdag 17 februari

    February 15, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Vanaf Schiphol via Parijs in 10:40 uur met Airbus 350 naar Hanoi: aankomst zaterdag 18 februari plaatselijke tijd 05:50 uur.

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