Finding Netherlands

It was a short train ride from Brussels to The Hague. As the train crossed over the Belgium/Netherlands border the rain began to patter on the windows. We had a late check-in for our next airbnb, so we put our luggage in a locker at the station and decided to use the rest of the day to explore downtown ‘Den Haag.’ It was cold and wet as soon as we stepped outside the station, but also lunchtime. Straight across the road was a ‘Jumbo’ supermarket which had a small cafeteria seating area. We enjoyed a very tasty sausage roll and hot chocolates each. Feeling a bit warmer, we donned on our raincoats and walked the streets in the rain.

We ended our short visit in the town park. We were surprised to find a large enclosure of deer in the middle.

Our airbnb was in Scheveningen, a quaint little seaside district just out of the city. Unfortunately, the weather continued to be overcast and showery during our stay. We still managed to enjoy a few walks along the beach in between the showers…

There were very cute statues on the boardwalk…

The sun came out on our last afternoon, and we had a pleasant time in the park and rose gardens…

The next morning we took a train to Rotterdam for the day, before carrying on to our next airbnb in Haarlem. Once again, we made use of the luggage storage in the train station. We walked around Rotterdam city centre, stopping in at the large marketplace.

Next, we caught the waterbus along the river. It was a pleasant trip and a gave a different perspective of Rotterdam. We had noticed that many of the Dutch people were quite tall …so we had to laugh when we saw a very tall looking ‘house’ next to the river…

We had to take a second smaller ferry to reach our intended destination, Kinderdijk Windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage site of 19 windmills built around a waterway in 1740. There were quite a few people visiting, including large tour groups. After a while, we came across a side trail that went through the long grass – off the beaten track and for the most part we had this spot to ourselves. It was pretty magical and reminded me of antique plates that I’ve seen hanging on walls…

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Go the Black Caps!

 

Our next airbnb was in Haarlem (a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam). We spent most of our first day in our room watching the most intense game in sporting history…

 

With the need for some fresh air, we went for a walk around the charming town of Haarlem. We made it to ‘De Adriaan,’ the town windmill, in time for the last tour of the day. It was very educational, and we also got to climb up the ladders inside to the top.

Haarlem itself was a charming town and not too busy either…

The town park also had a deer enclosure (must be a Dutch thing). This time there were little Bambi deer…

On our walk home from the park (following google map instructions) we ended up at the canal, thinking we were going to cross a bridge… and there was no bridge! Instead, there was a small solar-powered passenger ferry that transferred pedestrians and cyclists across for free!

For our final day in Holland, we took a train to Amsterdam. We enjoyed a canal tour and wandered around the streets including the infamous RLD…

Have fun at work!

Gemma

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