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Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht January 16th 2020

This is a very ambitious trip. 15 countries, 16 flights + a cruise and many, many opportunities for plans to go awry. The first came when South African Airlines cancelled our flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg with no warning, resulting in a missed connection and hotel booking in Cape Town. But following a 3 hour rest stop in Cape Town we got back on schedule. This 1st installment takes us to Amsterdam then on into South Africa. From here we move on to Hermanus, on the coast, to spend some time with Gaye & Jonathan, daughter-in-law Claire’s parents. Panoramas: It takes 5-6 seconds to move to the next pic. 1. Lambert’s Bay 2. Sunset from our accommodation, Lambert’s Bay. 3. Vineyard view, Paarl 4. The beautiful Franschhoek Valley.... read more
Sloten, Amsterdam
Classic Dutch
Rijks Museum

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht December 12th 2019

I only had one month to explore the Southern Netherlands. Leaving Haarlem I took a morning train to Utrecht Centraal (with only four days and nights in beautiful Utrecht), then rode a taxi to my B&B hotel. My hotel window had a great view of the Spoorweg (train) Museum; and the unused RR tracks ran right behind my hotel. I opened my large upstairs window and got a good breeze; and wondered if I should take a nap or explore Utrecht. It was quickly time for me to see some beautiful neat old trains. I think the admission price was sixteen Euros, and well worth it. This was the most wonderful train museum this old country boy has ever seen! They had expensive neat trash cans everywhere with a train on the front of each can. ... read more
view from my B&B window sycamore trees
Maliebaan Station
Maliebaan Station

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht September 22nd 2019

We arrived in Utrecht from Antwerp (via Rotterdam) on the quick and efficient NS intercity rail. Our hotel was nearby to the train station and also nearby was the Hoog Catherijne - one of the largest shopping malls in the Netherlands!! After a quick rest, we went to explore the town on foot. Utrecht is basically a smaller, compact Amsterdam (and dare I say prettier). On our last trip to Europe we met two girls from Utrecht, and they told us their hometown was much prettier than Amsterdam (home pride) convincing us to visit. I'm glad we did now! We had a relaxing walk around town stopping for tea and pie by the canal. I then had to walk around the shopping mall while Bill waited at the hotel. Later in the evening, craving some Japanese ... read more
Bike city
Whale sculpture
Utrecht streets

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht July 1st 2018

Today I went to Utrecht for a tour of the city. I spent a lovely afternoon in the main city center. One of the thing that marvelled me about the city was the city station. It is a modern vibrant train station, filled with Dutch people and tourists running around and stopping for a coffee or a meal in this wonderful place. Once I left the train station, to connect to the citiy center i had to cross a mall and I was in the beutiful streets of utrecht. It is a big city but at least is not overpopulated by bikes like Amsterdam. You can walk thorogh the cannals or visit old building like the town hall or the multiple historic sites within the city. One of those is the Dom tower, this was part ... read more
Basilica inside Dome Tower
View of utrecht mid-high in Domtower
Utrecht city canal

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht June 5th 2018

We had a great night's sleep and woke to a cool, cloudy day. Heading to the train station, it was downright brisk! This should have been London weather, and we are grateful to have it in Amsterdam. We jumped on a train (finally have the system down) and, after a 30 minute trip, arrived in Utrecht. Why Utrecht? Well, Alex wanted to go because a novel she had read took place in that town. On further research, though, we discovered that Utrecht was the religious and financial center of the Netherlands for much of the middle ages - almost 1000 years. A 20 minute walk took us to Utrecht Cathedral, which was as awe-inspiring as any cathedral in Europe. The pictures attached don't do justice to the majesty of the place. It dates back to 690 ... read more
Walking to old city
Utrecht's main canal
Old city street view

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht June 17th 2015

Temperature was pretty good according to locals :), it was pretty cold for me! Carolina got sick but she's hanging on. Enjoy... read more
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I like this ride

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht June 16th 2015

Very nice train trip, it was quite easy and no reservation required, Two main train changes and an Intercity change top that off with a nice lady in a truck... voila, we made it to a very green place. Nothing but bikes here (about an hour away from Amsterdam).... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Zeist April 17th 2015

Day2: so arrived in Holland first thing this morning no problem. Just taken Delilah to get a good seeing to by some tall Dutch guys- she needs some new belts too! Unfortunatley for me all this attention on her is stopping me getting about Amsterdam today so perhaps a plan B is required?... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Utrecht September 27th 2014

The last 2 Days in our Motor Home 25 to 27 September 2014 We find ourselves preparing for the departure from our motor home rather than being tourists because we want to make sure all is well for the new owners (who are from Darwin) who take position of it on 29/9. We found a truck stop that provided a cleaning service for trucks so we thought we would get them to high-pressure hose the outside of the motor home. They did a fantastic job. We were sure that there was still some insects from Iceland and Finland on it before it was cleaned, particularly in the front of the vehicle. On the 25/9 we drove from the Industrial Route of Germany, which we had thoroughly enjoyed, along the Rhine River. The day was at times, ... read more
Our last moments with Mollie the motor home - sad goodbyes (2)
Our last moments with Mollie the motor home - Tom used to drive in the morning and I would drive in the afternoon - it worked well (1)
Our last moments with Mollie the motor home - we are all packed (2)

Europe » Netherlands » Province of Utrecht » Amersfoort July 19th 2014

Vouchers, tickets, esta's, wat een werk. En dat allemaal om er voor te zorgen dat we straks niet onverwachts vast komen te zitten op een hardrock / nudistencamping... We gaan proberen te vertrekken zonder koffers, dus alleen met handbagage. Ben benieuwd of dat gaat lukken. We gaan onderweg een paar mooie honkbaltassen kopen en vullen met leuke tshirts, kekke gympen en nog veel meer leuks.... read more
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