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Heather Hills of Hilversum

Submitted by mag on Sat, 08/18/2018 - 01:04

From Lage Vuursche we pedaled on through deep forests, mostly winding paths of compacted crushed stone - the middle of nowhere and then suddenly emerging to the high-tech bridge over the freeway and on to the beautiful heather hills south of Hilversum.  We have a large airbnb here near the heather hills - our daughters are meeting us - arriving from Orlando this morning (hopefully no run in with Tropical Storm Ernesto in the Atlantic).    

Maarssen, Lage Vuursche - winding route to HIlversum

Submitted by mag on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 23:50

With a little planning and a lot of dumb luck we stumbled into some of the most picturesque villages as we made our way toward Hilversum where we will be meeting our daughters for a week of cycling.  Maarssen is a village north of Utrecht on the River Vecht - a lovely river with an unlovely-sounding name at least to English-speakers sounding like someone with lung congestion trying to catch a breath...

Heading South from Haarlem

Submitted by mag on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:09

After a leisurely and enjoyable week in Haarlem, we headed our bikes south for a meandering route in the general direction of Hilversum.  With plenty of time and  not many miles to cover we were free to explore the area.  One truth was driven home...  touring cyclists can pedal for hours and cover many kilometers without ill effects.

Haarlem - home again

Submitted by mag on Sat, 08/11/2018 - 14:42

After Geithoorn we were back in Haarlem, enjoying being car-free and care-free, discovering and rediscovering favorite places and visiting with old friends.  Willy was in town from Provence, and old Brit friends Ann and David Lynch from our years in Munich came to visit.  They rented bikes and we all enjoyed exploring this little bit of cycling paradise.    

Farewell Terschelling

Submitted by mag on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 05:45

Our four days on Terschelling flew by... on to the next adventure in Giethoorn.  The ferry was not nearly as crowded as on the way over - apparently the youth camps run for a week starting on Sunday so better to plan to avoid weekend arrivals and departures.  

Terschelling Tiger Bunker... bitter days of war

Submitted by mag on Wed, 08/01/2018 - 05:07

Lest we forget... Terschelling was not always an island paradise.  It was one of the first places overrun and occupied by the Nazis in WWII.  They established a huge Stellung (bunker complex) that covered almost the entire island.  It's main purpose was to detect allied fighter planes, bombers and ships before they could reach Europe’s mainland, and destroy them with anti-aircraft guns and mortars.  

Terschelling - Sky, Sea, Sand, and Scenery

Submitted by mag on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 04:17

We always say Montana is the Big Sky Country - but it's got nothing on Terschelling... the sky stretches on forever!  Big Sky, Big Sand, Big Dunes...   It's hard to describe Tershelling - the scenery is so wild and varied and each town has its own  character.  West Terschelling considers itself "the Old West" with country music and line dancing.   We especially like Midsland and the beaches at the east end of the island.   

Terschelling! Pearl of the Wadden Sea

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:09

A 2 hour ferry ride took us to the spectacular and historic island of Terschelling. A 15 miles long island with hundreds of bike trails - paved or crushed stone to some of the widest, whitest beaches in the world, quaint fishing towns, lovely quiet forests,  and a long and fascinating  history including some of the best preserved relics of the German occupation.     Tershelling is such an amazing place it's going to take a few posts to cover the scenery and the history.