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North Brabant

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  • Day851

    Grave

    October 25 in the Netherlands

    Our Martha is parked in the only motorhome bay in Grave's medium sized car park. A steep grassy hill borders one side of the area and was built centuries ago to defend the town against invaders.
    We are close to the centre of town, but tucked away from any through roads, with ivy covered walls forming the other sides. In fact the car park is so well hidden we struggled to find it. Coming straight from an oversubscribed camperplaats on the outskirts of Grave, where we'd planned to stay, we turned into the main parking area. It took us a while to realise this wasn't the one we wanted but when we did, Will set off on foot to scope out the surroundings while Vicky compared photos on the CamperContact app to aerial views on Google Earth. It was here that we located our intended destination and after circling around the narrow streets a couple of times we managed to find the entrance - phew! It was solely motorhome parking so there was no water or emptying point but our efforts were made worth it by the free electric hookup and excellent access to a historic town, so we decided to stay two nights.

    Many of the settlements we've visited so far have been relatively modern, so Grave, that started life in the 12th century with a castle had a different feel to it. Over the years it had been laid siege to many times, but the buildings that line its cobbled lanes are 17th and 18th century; old enough to exude a ye olde worlde character.

    We made our way in with our eyes open for somewhere we could have lunch. Our time in the Netherlands seems to be drawing to a close very quickly and although we've sampled plenty of the country's sweet treats, we've not yet had many of the savoury. The streets were quiet and most eateries appeared closed so we were drawn to the open door of the Café Gouden Leeuw, a pub in the small main square. Can anyone guess what its name translates as?

    We got a good feeling as soon as we stepped into the almost full front room. We grabbed one of the two free tables and asked the waiter for a local beer, accepting and enjoying their recommendation of the Brand on tap. To eat, Will chose bitterballen; little balls of mixed meat coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Vicky went with the Gouden Leeuw special sandwich without the meat. While waiting for our food we took in the distinctive decor. The table we were sitting at had a glass covered board game inset into the dark wood and from the ceiling hung models, including hotair balloons, a witch and a jester around two grand, black metal chandeliers. The walls were pale green with handpainted decoration and canal scenes in little circles or rectangles. The colours were muted and upon closer inspection we saw a nicotine coloured wash had been applied for effect. We think the pub must be one of the Netherlands' bruin (brown) cafés. Some say they are so named because of the dark brown wood, others think it is because of the stains left on the walls from all the tobacco smoke. The Gouden Leeuw had both, so we reckoned it was a safe bet. The staff were helpful, the beer and food tasty and the vibe convivial and relaxing so we went for broke and booked a table for the following evening, when there was a 3 course special menu for €13.95.

    Continuing to explore the town we dropped into the tourist information office, where we found just one leaflet in English. The level of spoken English in the Netherlands has been second to none, so it was ironic that of the two people working here, only one spoke to us and in very broken English at that.

    The central area was pretty small but packed with curios. A sign advertised 'catacombs' open to the public, which turned out to be a vaulted cellar filled with a whole range of items from large painted wooden clogs to a life size models of tigers. Vicky found some loose chamomile and managed to resist scrumtious looking chocolates in a tea and chocolate shop, the likes of which seem more common in the Netherlands than in many other countries.

    For the rest of the daylight hours Will found a canal to fish in while Vicky kept Poppy company. The leaflet we'd picked up from the Tourist Office advertised a Friday morning market, so this was tomorrow's daytime entertainment sorted. It wasn't a large market but it was a practical one with decent prices where we managed to pick up a whole load of foods including some Dutch runny honey, smoked mackerel and fresh strawberries. There was the obligatory cheese stall where we were given a taster and bought a wedge cut from a large round with a wire, while more rounds were delivered on an upright, two wheeled trolley generally used for shifting boxes in warehouses. There were two wet fish stalls advertising kibbeling; chunks of deep fried battered cod cooked to order. This was another Dutch speciality we had yet to try, so Will returned at midday and queued for a bag which he brought back to the van for us to share. They came with a pot of herby mayonnaise, a little like tartar sauce and were delicious!

    Walking through Grave for dinner at the Café Gouden Leeuw, the town was lit up with warm white fairy lights, falling from strings attached high up on buildings either side of the cobbled streets, wrapped around pollarded Plane trees and forming a 'Historiche Grave' banner at either end of the main street. It was beautifully atmospheric!

    Inside the pub there was a real buzz and ours was the only table free. After a yummy pumpkin and rocket salad for starters, Will had harvest risotto with stoofvlees (sweet-sour beef stewed in beer, herbs and mustard) while Vicky was served Victoriabaars (perch) celeriac puree and fries. The waiter kindly gave us a digestive pause before our salted caramel and chocolate tarts, which we rounded off with a glass of jenever (Dutch gin). The food was good quality and well cooked, it was a really lovely meal and we couldn't believe it cost as little as it did. Back at the van Will had a whiskey nightcap and made jam with the strawberries we'd bought earlier!
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  • Day855

    Bergen op Zoom

    October 29 in the Netherlands

    Our overnight stop here in Bergen op Zoom camperplaats will be our last in the Netherlands. Alongside 3 other vans we are squeezed into a very narrow but long motorhome bay, in a large car park, overlooking a well kept lawn planted with young Plane trees whose outer layer of bark has been all but stripped by ravens. Beyond the lawn there is a lagoon surrounded by uninspiring beige apartment blocks. The still water reflects the pale grey cloud layer stifling the sun.

    We began today's journey by driving to the local Aldi and Jumbo supermarkets to stock up on a few 'essentials' including a stack of stroopwafels and a loaf of ginger cake, which is also apparently a Dutch favourite. As we pulled into the car park Vicky squealed and Will slammed on the brakes, thinking we were about to hit something. The cause of Vicky's heightened emotion was in fact an Oliebollenkraam streetfood trailer. As she understood it oliebollen (literally oil balls; large dognut like spheres) were a New Year treat in the Netherlands, so she hadn't expected to be able to sample them. We tried out our Dutch to order 2 and instead got presented with a bag of 4. never mind, they were surprisingly addictive when sprinkled liberally with icing sugar and Vicky managed to scoff the extra 2!

    We'd phoned ahead and made an appointment at the vets for the necessary worming tablet and stamp in the pet passport, before Poppy could return to the UK. After scoping out where in Oud Gastel the clinic was, we parked up at a camperplaats in the car park of a nearby motorhome retailer, to wait for our allotted time. We'd hoped to pick up a few bits and bogs at the shop but it had very little in the way of accessories, focussing mainly on selling new motorhomes. We had a look around a few, finding one we couldn't stand up in and another huge A-Class that cost €144,000! It was interesting to see different layouts but it brought it home to us how well suited our Martha is to our needs and we didn't find one that even came close to tempting us.

    After registering at the clinic, the vet gave Poppy a cursory health check and fed her a worming tablet, commenting that he didn't see why it required a vet to do this. He then charged us an eye watering €65 for the privilege!

    We arrived at the Bergen op Zoom camperplaats in the late afternoon. It was chilly and dull so Vicky persuaded Will to stay in for a nice warm cuppa instead of fishing. He whipped up homemade pizzas and garlic bread, which we enjoyed with some red wine; our customary last meal in a country. The rain came heavy overnight, forming large droplets on the tree leaves and splatting down on the van roof as we tried to sleep. Vicky took Poppy out at 5:30am and watched the driver of a works van lean on its horn as it drove past the row of campers; charming!

    We'll upload up a 'Goodbye to the Netherlands' post soon!
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  • Day56

    New Kids!

    August 10 in the Netherlands

    Für alle, die sich fragen und denken: „New Kids, was?!“ https://youtu.be/FcTdGcpcJBg . Für alle anderen, die gerade geschmunzelt haben, verdammt guute Frikadelle Junge!

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    No English translation due to a non Hollywood trash movie which you guys anyway don‘t know.

  • Day181

    Driving around

    April 26, 2017 in the Netherlands

    We quite enjoyed just driving around the area. Flat country, clean modern little towns, and moody skies! We barely made it home before it started hailing. Frozen mix and 31 degree temps predicted for tonight.

  • Day165

    Werkendem, Netherlands

    October 18, 2017 in the Netherlands

    From Poland to Netherlands, I was picked up by my friend from Africa Lisanne. We lived together with Jacinta in Nanyuki and it was really great when she said I could come and stay at hers for a few days. Werkendem is located an hour south of Amsterdam so again I was treated to Dutch life outside of the main tourist hub. We spent the day at Kinderjilk ???, a UNESCO site where the first windmills were built in the 17th century. I never knew that the millers actually lived inside the windmills but we were able to walk through one in its original state which was very cool to see. A lot of the windmills have even been renovated and modernized for people to live in now! I enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal of chicken and loads of veges which was amazing and spent some time talking with Lisanne’s family, who speak very very little English. I had a day on my own in Werkendem which was really nice as I’ve been feeling exhausted from the constant movement, backpacking and touring. I know it’ll be different when I get to America as I’ll have Nick to share the share journey with but for now, I’m looking forward to finishing this leg of my travels. There’s still a couple of weeks to go and I’m excited to see friends in Belgium and London so plenty to do and I know I’ll be looked after by everyone I’m meeting!Read more

  • Day5

    Dia em Tilburg.

    May 6 in the Netherlands

    Lico, our friend that lives here spent the day taking us around. First we went to see the tulip fields . Holland is famous for their flowers .
    After that she took us to the beach . It was a unusual warm day for them so everyone was heading to the beach. It was so pretty and full of kids . You would have loved it .
    Last we went to the the windmills , also very famous in Holland . I learned that people LIVE THERE . Inside of the mills. Isn’t that interesting ?
    To finish the day we had dinner at her home and her kids were super excited to know I also have a 10 year old son. He loves roadbloacks and Fortnight! 🤦🏻‍♀️ he gave me his name so you can find him .
    Hope you are having a great time camping . Te amo !
    Mamãe
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  • Day17

    "its coming something from heaven..."

    July 25 in the Netherlands

    Vakande mitt i natten att det smattrade på taket till husvagnen. Både jag och J flög upp och försökte rädda det som fanns. Vi hade inte satt upp tältet. Så kylen o de kläder/skor som låg utspridda.
    På morgonen fick vi äta inne i husvagnen för första gången på den här semestern. Lite mysigt. Vi hade att bestämt att dra från Yerseke idag, med tanke på vädret samt vi hade sikte på Eftling. Som är en stor nöjespark i Holland. Och enligt deras hemsida så var det sista lugna dagen innan holländaren går på semester. Så vill man ha lite folk så rekommenderas det.
    Packade ihop det blöta i bilen och packade ihop och styrde mot Eftling. En resa på en timme. Hade hittat en camping som låg ca 600 m från entrén, och helt överkomligt pris.
    Blev lite frågande när vi kom dit och såg skylten Minicamping hade ju minnen från detta.
    Det var varmt den här dagen ca 35 grader så vi valde en plats i skuggan. Snabbt ut med det blöta så det kunde torka. Campingen var riktigt mysig, grabbarna var överlyckliga att det fanns gratis trampbilar att låna. Samt det fanns djur, vanligt på campingarna att det finns djur. Kul.
    Sedan skulle vi dra iväg till ett ställe i Tillburg. Hade fått ett tips från kollega på jobbet att det bryggdes ett speciellt öl i den staden. La trappe, bryggs av munkar i ett kloster.
    Sökte på Google Maps om man kunde ta sig dit med kollektivtrafik, skulle ta ca en timme från där vi bodde. Tog cykeln till bussstn, för buss till centrum. Där vi vänta en timme på bussen till klostret. Och den bussen gick verkligen kringel o krok. Men fram kom vi.
    Tyvärr fanns det ingen visning, men ett jättemysigt ställe att avnjuta deras öl i klosterträdgården. Sicken känsla att dricka deras öl i dess trädgård. Det var en sådan avslappnad atmosfär. Njöt till max.
    Tyvärr när vi skulle gå så var deras affär stängd så de blev ingen souvenir hem.
    Tog samma rutt hem, och efter beräkning så skulle jag hinna o handla mat med cykeln. Så vi kunde grilla när vi kom till husvagnen. En härlig dag. Efter detta var det tidigt i säng. Sätta klockan igen på semestern, detta för att komma in när det öppnade på Eftling. Grabbarna var bra spända att åka dit.
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  • Day18

    "Spinning around, and up and down..."

    July 26 in the Netherlands

    Idag var det äntligen torsdag som Kevin uttryckte sig. Ungarna hade längtat till denna dag. Dags att se vad Eftling har att erbjuda. Har hört o läst att det skall vara en av Europas bästa nöjespark. Tom busschauffören vi åkte med igår sa att detta var bättre än Disney world I Paris.
    Vi hade satt klockan för att vara där när de öppnade. Dvs kl 10, och det skulle bli en varm dag.
    Efter betalat ca 1700 för hela familjen, var det dags för hela familjen att göra nytta för dessa. Fördelen med Eftling är att allt ingår, lite som ett sommarland.
    Vi var lätt förvirrade hur vi skulle gå, svårt få överblick. Sa till J den verkar inte vara så stor när jag gjorde en uppskattning via kartan.
    Vi gick till den stora trä-bergbanan först. J och Kevin åkte den först och de var bra nöjda. Drog den senare med Kevin och den var bra och rolig. Skakade riktigt skönt. Trä-bergbanor är sköna.
    Jag o Charlie kollade hur en liknande flumeride fungerade. Men bara kollade, för Charlie kan vara lite feg. Så jag o Kevin åkte den sen, och det kallar jag flumeride. Jag får säga de bygger upp attraktionerna på ett väldigt bra sätt, dvs mycket att se på runt omkring. Tex när man står i kö. Blir inte långtråkigt.
    J o Charlie åkte farfarsbilarna, där man var tvungen att svänga med dessa. Till ungarnas stora glädje.
    Skall inte gå igenom alla attraktioner men de var bra. Som sagt de bygger upp det snyggt runt alltihop. Och det var riktigt kul att åka det mesta. Enda som var kasst var spökhuset, höll inte måttet . Vi hamande även på en show de hade med stuntsmän o hästar och tama korpar. Riktigt bra.
    De hade även byggt upp byar runt omkring man kunde gå runt i. Men saga tema. Det var riktigt bra gjort ungarna var lyriska.
    Vi hade valt en bra dag, inte mycket folk. Längst fick vi vänta 20 min på en attraktion. Annars var det nästan att kliva på. Men det var VARMT.. ca 36 grader, mycket vatten blev det. Holländaren valde nog bort att gå en sådan varm dag. Tur för oss...
    Hade med oss mackor som åts under en ca 20 min lång båttur på en, med över 100 fåglar som oxå ville äta mackor.
    När de stängde hade det ett grymt avslutningsnummer med en fontän, musik, eld o ljus.
    Sedan skulle vi få oss något att äta, men de hade de löst med att ha öppet några restauranger öppna lite längre. Fick typ det sista de hade kvar på den restaurangen.
    Gick tbx till campingen där alla var nöjda o trötta. Tur vi kunde gå till campingen, för de kunde ta 10 euro för parkering o 1 euro för cykel...
    Men jag får säga efteråt att det var en grym nöjespark, o värt det. Klart den bästa i Europa, Japp bättre än Liseberg. Bara sagoslottet de hade tog ca 15 min att åka igenom.
    När vi kom tbx, så stack jag ut på MTB tur o fick mig ett par cacher runt campingen. Blev en tur ca 7 km. Efter det var man bra trött, en dusch och sedan sängen, bra trött.
    Imorgon drar vi vidare mot Apertoft. Tills dess, krama varandra i trafiken och over and out.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincie Noord-Brabant, Nordbrabant, North Brabant, Noord-Brabant, Brabant Septentrional, Severní Brabantsko, Nord-Brabant, Norda Brabanto, Brabante Septentrional, Põhja-Brabandi provints, Pohjois-Brabant, Brabant-Septentrional, Noard-Brabân, Brabant Utara, Brabante Settentrionale, 北ブラバント州, 노르트브라반트 주, Provënz Nordbrabant, Noord-Braobant, Brabancja Północna, Brabante do Norte, Brabantul de Nord, Северный Брабант, Kuzey Brabant, 北布拉班特省

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