Danube River in Austria

Netherlands

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.  

Groningen Revisited

Submitted by mag on Thu, 07/26/2018 - 00:13

There's nothing like local knowledge. Our favorite area around Groningen is the area south of the bustling town center near the beautiful Lake Paterswoldsemeer. On our first visit we were charmed by the lovely classic houses with thatched roofs in private gardens in the smaller town of Haren. We were thrilled to find one of the houses we had admired available on Airbnb! What a place to come home to! There was a record heatwave so we were really pleased to have a cool, quiet place in a walkout basement with our own private balcony! 

Groningen

Submitted by mag on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 02:55

Groningen is an amazing city... totally full of bikes and boats!   We had a lovely BnB right near the park and downtown and enjoyed cycling all around the city...

Haarlem, Hoofdorp and Hilversum

Submitted by mag on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 05:02

Friday and Saturday were great days, with many high points (and a few low points).  We spent most of Friday trying to solve the cash problem (usually we bring a pile of euros, but this time for some reason the financial planner under-estimated and didn't bring the right card setup-no reasonably priced solution... so a low point)  but the rest was highpoints with a delightful ride around the Zee-Loop all on scenic trails  (Haarlem to Bloemendaal aan Zee to Zandvoort aan Zee and back through the beautiful dunes).  Dinner in the Botermarkt.