Cycling the beautiful Mosel River

 

Netherlands

Doorwerth

Submitted by mag on Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:54

All day we rode on paved trails - mostly through forest and fields beside roads that were rough sand and dirt.  It's easy to see what transportation mode has priority here!  We rode through deep forests and national parks and had a "second breakfast"  picnic at a WW 1 Belgian refugee camp.  Red poppies are everywhere and everywhere there are reminders of the past.  We overnighted at Renate's IJSVolgel (Kingfisher)  BnB in Doorwerth - very close to Arnhem - where there was fierce fighting - the site of the movie "A Bridge too Far".  

Barnevelde

Submitted by mag on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:10

We are traveling very slowly this trip... no mad dashes and arriving too worn out to see the area. It's been chilly and damp giving great excuses for enjoying the Dutch heated verandahs. In Barneveld we found the perfect haven from storms (we had a blowout one overnight with high wind, thunder and driving rain but luckily our bikes were snug under the porch and we were snug in the best bed ever!). This would be a great place to spend a few days but today we are off to Doorwerth.

Amersfoort!

Submitted by mag on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:46

Deep woods in Medieval AmersfoortFinally settled for 3 days in Amersfoort in Hansel and Gretel's cabin in the deep woods - but still right in the heart of the medieval city of Amersfoort that dates from the 1300's.

East from Utrecht

Submitted by mag on Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:00

We had a  great breakfast at Mary K's, then had to ride back up to Logement aan de Vecht because I forgot something when we check out.  Back to Mary K's which was directly on our route to retrieve out panniers.  We watched some high-jinx on the canal - apparently a race between the most inept rowers in the city..   they smashed into posts and dropped oars to great cheers from the audience. 

We then visited the Rietveld Schoder House - Gerrit Rietveld (grandfather of our good friend Gert Rietveld) was a famous Dutch architect. 

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

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.