South Holland

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  • Day854


    October 28 in the Netherlands

    Our days in the Netherlands are numbered and our overnight stops are chosen by their distance from Dunkirk where we will catch the ferry back to the UK on Wednesday. We are now overlooking a basin off the Wantij River where unsteady looking catamaran water buses are moored. Dordrecht provides free roadside parking for a maximum of three days. We managed to nab a spot on the more picturesque side of the road where we could open our door onto the grassy bank down to the basin. There aren't too many cars passing by but there are a lot of pedestrians and cyclists. The cinema at the end of the road draws small groups and others are out appreciating the sunshine. Many dogwalkers pass close by on the grassy side and unfortunately there is evidence that many have passed before, leaving the place littered with poo, despite the easy access to bins.

    Beyond the waterbusses there is a collection of modern quayside apartments, mostly brick built with some wooden fascias and large windows. Each block looks different but they must be part of the same development as the go so well together and make a striking backdrop to the basin. Directly accross from us is Villa Augustus, an exceptional looking tower of a hotel topped with skeletal steeples made of metal bars and wire mesh. The castle like building, which is set within its own vegetable garden, used to be a water tower with pumping station, that supplied the town with mains water. It now hosts a vegetable market, bakery and book store, as well as its guest rooms.

    Vicky needed to rest so got on with some christmas crochet while Will spent a great many hours fishing. Today's clock change meant the darkness came earlier and altered the view. The pointed towers on top of Hotel Augustus were illuminated and the moon rose from behind the structure. The quayside apartments shone warm light from their array of rectangular windows, giving a cosy feel to the waterside community. The days might be getting colder and the hours of sunlight reducing but there are advantages to every season and we love night sights such as these.
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  • Day853

    Vluchthaven camperplaats, Gorinchem

    October 27 in the Netherlands

    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!
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  • Day5

    Die Windmühlen von Kinderdijk

    September 14 in the Netherlands

    Amsterdam haben wir am heutigen Morgen den Rücken gekehrt und uns auf gemacht in Richtung Küste. Erste Station heute die Windmühlen von Kinderdijk, Unesco Weltkulturerbe.
    Für Wohnmobilfahrer ist die Parksituation ein Graus.
    Der Ausblick auf die Mühlen über das Moor belohnt jedoch.

  • Day3

    Hoek van Holland (NL)

    July 10, 2017 in the Netherlands

    The next stop after Zaanse Sachs was Zandvoort. First glimpse of the North Sea. The coastal section was quite pleasant until the wind picked up later in the afternoon, direct headwind but fortunately only for the last 30 km.

    Went through The Hague and then settled down into a campsite at Hoek van Holland. The ride was slightly longer than I had planned at 136km.Read more

  • Day26

    Fields of flowers

    April 20, 2017 in the Netherlands

    On our way to the Keukenhof gardens Shelley drove me to an area where flowers are grown commercially. We could just stop on the side of the road next to these vast fields of flowers and take photos. We also could enjoy the beautiful fragrance generated by millions of flowers. There were many varieties of flowers as well as the classic tulips. Some fields were all one colour and others looked like a striped blanket stretching for miles. A very special thing to see.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincie Zuid-Holland, Südholland, South Holland, Suid-Holland, Holanda Meridional, Jižní Holandsko, Sydholland, Suda Holando, Lõuna-Holland, Etelä-Hollanti, Hollande-Méridionale, Súd-Hollân, Holland Selatan, Olanda Meridionale, 南ホラント州, 자위트홀란트 주, Hollandia Australis, Zuud-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Holandia Południowa, Holanda do Sul, Olanda de Sud, Южная Голландия, Ulanda Miridiunali, Güney Hollanda, Nam Hà Lan, Zuud-Olland, 南荷蘭省

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