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    • Day 54

      Zandvoort: Pride at the Beach

      July 31, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

      Before departing Rotterdam, we placed our luggage in storage at the hotel to explore a bit more of the city. J was adamant he needed a hair cut, since more than a month has flown by since Malaga, when it was done last.

      A suggested a Barber school nearby, but they were fully booked for the week. We stopped in at a nearby salon on our way back. J had a great experience with his stylist as she was very thorough and meticulous. A on the other hand had a speed cut 😲, and didn't dare move due to the stylist going so quickly. A's stylist also gave him a complimentary ear hair removal blow torch treatment...🤯Needless to stay, A left the salon mildly traumatized.😓

      It was a quick train to Zandervoort Aam Zee station . Arriving around 3pm, we were welcomed with the start of their Pride Parade. Our walk to the accommodations took us along the parade route, so we were able to see all the floats; ironically, the Durex condom van brought-up the rear... 🤣 Surprisingly the weather was cooperative for the event; although not sunny, at least it wasn't raining and gusty.

      From the outside, the hotel looked fairly unassuming. However, stepping into the building was a whole different feeling🫨. We were first met with a musty smell. Then, the entry opened into the very-very quirky lobby with its seaside decor and retro furniture. They really liked their pastels and wooden cloud cut-outs (both for decoration and hiding cables), and fake dune grasses. Our room was on the top floor, and the stair case leading up was very steep and narrow; not at all easy to convey large cumbersome luggage... The general feel was that of a movie set combining "Amelie" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".

      Our room continued with the quirky aged theme only with framed formula 2 racing photos. At least the bathroom had been updated, once you got past the 3" step. Though it's more of a built-in toe stubber for the unexpecting 😭

      We decided to head to the village square where they had a stage setup with music and performances. The celebratory energy and festive spirit was very evident. While walking around the streets you could see many pride flags and banners, and the store fronts all had rainbow themed displays while boasting their wares.

      A found an Italian restaurant near the square, so we were able to dine and enjoy the event. J ordered a "spaghetti with muscles", and A, a pizza. The pasta dish arrived without any muscles, only clams🤔, and you had to pick out the shrapnel of broken shells with mediocre sauce. As usual we shared our meals, but it was A that regretted it most as it gave him a sleepless night and caused his stomach much discomfort for the next 48 hours...

      After dinner we ventured over to the stage and watched the performances while sharing a churros dessert. The performances were great, especially the guest singer. He had a delightful voice and energy, and was great with the kids that joined him to dance on stage.

      We eventually did walk over to the beach, and the wind was insane; felt like walking in a sand blaster at times. A lady and her husband with ice cream cones were attacked by a flock of gulls 🐦. They were successful in toppling her cone and happily devoured the fallen remains. He quickly raced to the cover of a nearby building, saving one of their treats to enjoy 😲
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    • Day 6


      June 6, 2020 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

      Endlich am Meer. ich weiß nicht warum aber das Meer zieht mich so unglaublich an. ich liebe es einfach. trotz heftigem Wind ist wunderschön. Ich bin in einem kleinen Zimmer untergekommen. Die Besitzerin hat eine Katze. Melly sieht aus wie unsere Molly zuhause und wir genießen es beide Zeit miteinander zu verbringen.Read more

    • Day 6

      Zandvoort Beach

      June 6, 2020 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

      Ein unglaubliches Gefühl mit dem Fahrrad bis ans Meer gefahren zu sein. Obwohl ich merke dass mir noch eine Menge Muskelmasse in den Beinen fehlt und ich teilweise hart kämpfen muss bin ich unglaublich happy hier zu sein.Read more

    • Day 4

      Summer in the city

      June 3, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      חברים יקרים
      לא נעים לי
      במיוחד שהרבה בתקופת מבחנים
      אבל תקשיבו שאנייי
      חיה את החיים הטובים
      שותה בירה מ11 בבוקר
      ומבלה בים עם חברי החדש
      שהוא גם מאוד חתיך
      מיכל את במיוחד תאהבי
      קבלו אותנו בסשן תמונות שיוציא לכם את העיניים
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    • Day 3


      May 27, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Zweiter Tag, zweiter Strand. Heute waren wir am Strand in Zandvoort und haben Kaffee getrunken. Danach wurde die noch Vorrat für die heimische Apotheke beschafft.
      Abends wurde in guter, alter Rountine gegrilltRead more

    • Day 4

      Tag 4

      May 4 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Heute Vormittag sind wir zum Strand gegangen und waren dort erst spazieren. Anschließend sind wir um die Rennstrecke und durch die Dühnen gegangen, das war sehr schön. Danach sind wir erstmal zum Haus und haben uns ausgeruht und waren dann noch Minigolf spielen:)Read more

    • Day 2

      Tag 2

      May 2 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Heute morgen haben wir uns Fahrräder ausgeliehen und sind durch die Dühnen zum Keukenhof gefahren, da gibt es ganz viele verschiedene Tulpen. Anschließend sind wir zurück nach zandvoort und waren noch ein bisschen am Strand. Leider wurde es da schon frischer und wolkig, den Tag über war es richtig sonnig und warm:) Habe auch ganz leicht Sonnenbrand.. Eben waren wir noch im Schwimmbad im Center Park und jetzt sind wir wieder zuhause und haben Pizza bestellt.Read more

    • Day 1

      Tag 1

      May 1 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Heute nachmittag sind wir ins unserem Haus im Center Park angekommen. Wir haben kurz die Sachen ausgepackt und sind dann Richtung Stadt erstmal in einen Coffeeshop und dann zum Strand:)
      Gleich gehen wir hier im Center Park noch zu einem Buffet essen und lassen dann langsam den Abend ausklingen. Da ich vergessen habe Fotos zu machen, gibt's nur welche vom Haus :DRead more

    • Day 3

      Tag 3

      May 3 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

      Heute waren wir in Amsterdam. Leider war das Wetter heute nicht so gut und es hat immer zwischendurch geregnet, aber es war trotzdem ganz schön. Jana war nicht mit, weil sie von gestern so starken Sonnenbrand hatte und es ihr nicht gut ging.
      Bei Lasse und seiner Freundin läuft es zurzeit auch nicht gut, als wir wieder kamen haben die beiden geredet und jetzt habe ich zum Bahnhof gebracht. Sie fährt alleine eher zurück.
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    • Day 2

      Calgary - Zandvoort

      April 14, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      We arrived in Holland after a long 9-hour flight. We tried hard to sleep on the packed plane but just weren’t very successful. We used the Timeshifter app to help us deal with jet lag which said we should sleep in the plane, so we tried to rest the best we could. At the airport we jumped on the train (after much figuring out what tickets to buy and what train or bus we needed to take). We ended up at Amsterdam Central station were we went to eat at Pancakes Amsterdam (nothing like North American pancakes). We waited in line to eat some expensive but oh so delicious breakfast. The main square was insanely busy which was a little shock to our sluggish brains. We navigated the crowds, bikes and vehicles and jumped back on the train to head to Zandvoort. We were early for check in, so we walked to Center Parc dropped off our bags and headed to the beach. Center Parcs is a network of family holiday villages in nature. The beach went on forever and the clouds were picture perfect. Wow! We walked back, exploring the beach town of Zandvoort. We sat and rested in front of the church were Mom went to Sunday school and we went into Albert Hein grocery store to stock up for dinner. We will stay here for a week.

      Walked - 15.18km
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    Zandvoort, Зандвоорт

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