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Saturday to Utrecht

Submitted by mag on Sun, 06/09/2019 - 01:20

On Saturday the wind started howling and whistling at 1 AM and by daylight it was over 25 mph (with alleged gusts to 40) from the SSW.  We were headed south to Utrecht - we hung out waiting for it to let up a little and switch to SW - it never did let up but it did shift a little.  It was also cold and raining, in the 50s.  There are signs all around saying "summer is here" but I guess the weather didn't get the message.  We geared up & so stayed warm & dry and didn't have any trouble til we got to the outskirts where there was a big street market in progress.  As I was passing a cl

The Lovely Vecht

Submitted by mag on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 11:45

We spent three days cycling around the lovely Vecht River...  the lovely river with the unlovely name - the name sounds like a throat clearing but beautiful to look at.  We stayed at the Logement on the Vecht... I had seen this last summer as we pedaled by but they they were full so I reserved well in advance.

Haarlem to Zevenhoven

Submitted by mag on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 11:26

Our last night in Haarlem we had an excellent dinner at the City Beach - fab flatbread pizza!  In Tuesday morning we loaded up the bikes and headed south west, past the lamas and Haarlemermeer and the windmill, to Almsmeer where we had a good lunch at a favorite spot - Josephs right on the lake.  Then after a grocery stop, on to Zevenhoven where we stayed in a nice airbnb place attached to a church.  They left us plenty of provisions to complement our groceries and for a full breakfast in the morning.       

Back in Haarlem 2019

Submitted by mag on Mon, 06/03/2019 - 06:14

We made it back to Haarlem with only minor challenges.  Our trip went mostly as planned… The Detroit to Amsterdam flight did not seem as bad as usual.  I watched "At Eternity’s Gate" about Van Gogh which I found  fascinating, very well done and thought-provoking since we are headed to Arles soon. We arrived at Schiphol at 5:30 and by 7:00 after normal airport hassles we were on the bus to Haarlem.  We had the usual problems getting phones to work right but arrived at our Airbnb no problem.

Tot ziens Haarlem

Submitted by mag on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:20

Our last days in Haarlem were spent mainly on the logistics of getting the bikes to Bike Totaal Van Tunen in Beverwijk for storage until next summer, and then getting ourselves and gear to the bus stop to get to the plane for home.   We had a very convenient airbnb (complete with resident cats) about 1 km north of the RR/Bus station.   A short pleasant walk that can feel very long with a heavy burden - 2 months supply of bike gear and personal gear adds up.  We need to do better in this area. 

Haarlem's Secret Gardens

Submitted by mag on Sun, 09/02/2018 - 05:52

One thing I always wanted to do was explore Haarlem's  "Secret Gardens" - the Hofjes or Almshouses - tiny houses around a hidden central courtyard - that were orginally, starting in the 13th century, built by wealthy benefactors to house poor women but are now a social living facility centered around a lovely shared courtyard.  A model worth studying and emulating.  Many of the courtyards are only open to the public at certain hours.   

Haarlem - De Cruquius Water Management museum

Submitted by mag on Sat, 09/01/2018 - 05:19

In the morning we loaded up and waited for the ferry to take us across the canal from our island.  From Leimuiden we pedaled back to Haarlem to see a bit more of our beloved home base and prepare for the trip back to US.  We enjoyed exploring De Cruquius pump museum- the largest steam engine in the world built in 1830  to drain the Haarlemermeer which had been flooding and raising havoc.

Private Island in Leimuiden

Submitted by mag on Tue, 08/28/2018 - 04:46

On our own again - from Hilversum we had a long windward ride into a 20 MPH headwind and with some unexpected rough spots, but finally made it to our tiny house on a private Island in Weteringbrug near Leimuiden.  Frans picked us up with his private ferry and we had a restful few days exploring the area.  We learned a lot more about historic Dutch defense lines and strategies from WWI and II. 

Amersfoort and Hilversum

Submitted by mag on Sun, 08/26/2018 - 06:03

From Wannaperveen we cycled up to Steenwijk and caught the train to Amersfoort where we stayed at the old Tabaksplant hotel right near the east gate and well-preserved walking zone.  We had a lovely late lunch on the veranda at Madonnas overlooking the canal.  The next day we cycled back to HIlversum stopping for lunch at the Vuurs Restaurant near the Vuursche castle on the edge of the deep woods en route.

Wannaperveen, Giethoorn and Blokzijl

Submitted by mag on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 00:59

A respite of 2 nights in Wannaperveen, a charming cottage on a point of land surrounded by canals in the National Park that surrounds Giethoorn.  We celebrated Marina's birthday with a dinner at Ristorante Fratelli.  At our Windmill BnB Jannika added a birthday bow to Marina's bicycle.  The rest day turned out to be not so restful with a circular ride exploring the area with a lunch stop at the LockView restaurant in Blokzjil.  I was reallly tired so the girls cooked a wonderful dinner for us and served on the patio.