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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland November 23rd 2018

Plan na dnes teda holandsko a mestecko maastricht. Ranajky totozne ako v predchadzajucom ubytku len s tym, ze tu kopa erasmus studentov zo strednych skol (na vs vyzerali neaky mlady). Na cestu si berem banan, jablko a vajicko. Este kupeny listok na flixbus, ktory stoji o polovicu menej ako vlak. No rano ziadny dobry spoj. Potesil aspon fungujuci 20perc kupon na zlavu. Rychlo krokom po nabrezi smer na vzdialenu zel stanicu guillemenis. Prichadzam 10min pred odchodom vlaku, tukam do automatu, tu tri rozne stanice mojho mesta, volim len maastricht. Na moju kolaj najskor prichadza iny vlak, o 5min vsak uz spravny. Tento neni ic ale regional, podla toho aj vyzera. Zastarale vozne (nase su omnoho lepsie, no ale zas uz mame vela novych suprav), dnu par ludi. Tesne pred hranicami (ktore clovek ani nevie, ze prejde) ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague November 3rd 2018

I woke up fairly early on my last day in Amsterdam. I hoped to get a small breakfast from the hotel restaurant but it was either all you can eat for 25 euros or nada. Instead, I went out for a little walk along the canals and cute streets, looking for a nice little shop to get a little food. It was a nice stroll, and I enjoyed seeing the buildings that had settled, tilted or cracked significantly. It was something we had all discussed a bit, curious as to why we didn't see many. But I think if you looked closely, you could. It is still amazing as many of these buildings are very old, built on timber piles that penetrate only into the first sand layer. I also enjoyed seeing the city workers cleaning ... read more
Royal Palace
Oliebollen stall

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Leiden October 28th 2018

The next morning, I was planning to meet my friends. I first had breakfast of bread and strawberries before packing up to go. Getting to Leiden from my hotel in Rotterdam was beyond easy - the Rotterdam Blaak train station was just steps from the hotel and went directly to the Leiden Centraal station in about 40 minutes. My friend and their oldest daughter picked me up and drove me home. I had worked with the couple in Qatar, but in the last three years, they had had two kids and bought a home. What have I done again...? So, the grandparents came to pick up the kids to watch for the day while my friends and I rode bikes into town. On the way, it was cold, rainy, and a bit windy, but the day ... read more
Leiden windmill
On our way to Leiden - the Dutch way
Nordwijk dunes

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam October 26th 2018

I had training for work in Amsterdam at the end of October, so I decided to leave a few days early to see the Netherlands and visit with friends. After a quick of the area, I decided to stay my first night in Rotterdam. Of course, I got business class on my morning flight from Dubai. Many friends had told me how easy the trains were here, and after a few minutes of figuring it out, they were right. I arrived at Schipol, went through customs with little wait, and got my checked bag. After walking out into the waiting area, I looked for signs for the train and found a site map nearby. At first, getting tickets was a little confusing and the station information (that I saw) was in Dutch, but I was able ... read more
Rotterdam waterside restaurants
Cube Houses
Top level of cube house

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam August 29th 2018

Fast forward to after we had queued up, checked in, dodged the customary welcome photo in front of a tacky back drop (these pictures never show the good side of the subjects features and are far from the perfect holiday photo souvenir as most people usually have their coats on, carrying bags, hair dishevelled and looking harangued after their often long and frustrating journey!!) Normally, once you arrive at the departure lounge your luggage is collected by a porter and then not seen again until it is delivered to your stateroom (it was not so long ago that these used to be referred to as cabins!!). However, as this was only a three-day cruise, Roisin and I were traveling lighter than usual so we walked our baggage on and straight to cabin 7555. Our cabin was ... read more
Roisin relaxing in cabin 7555 aboard the indie
Mozart on Ice
Rotterdam - greeted by a sea shanty choir

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam August 11th 2018

Sushine at last. We arrived in Rotterdam and were greeted by sunshine and blue skies. If anything it was too warm. I know. Picky, picky, picky. Walked from the pier, across the Erasmus Bridge and caught the Hop-On-Hop Off trolley. Although it was interesting to ride on an old trolley the announcements were few to non existent. One stop we both wished to do was the area where the Pilgrims set out for the New World. It has a very old church, a windmill and houses that were built before WWII. Most of the center of Rotterdam was bombed in 1940 by the Nazis and later bombed gain by the Allies. Most of the architecture is post war and new buildings are being built. Too bad so sad. Instead we got off at the Euromast, a ... read more
It’s all about cheese

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam August 6th 2018

“Exit Applause!” as Barry from Boston is fond of saying; or, as another of our favorite piano bar stars (Jeremey from our Mediterranean Cruise in 2015) would say, “We Have NEW People!” But for us, this marks the half-way point of our cruise. Nineteen days are in the books (and blogs) and now we start the bittersweet journey towards home. In nineteen more days we will be back in Boston (and Las Vegas). ** Sigh ** I must commend the cabin steward though. He has left us dark chocolate every evening on this past first leg except for two. And you know what that means: More chocolate for me! I’m surprised that Sharon didn’t say something last night. She was in the room when they came to make it up. They left that evenings chocolate, and ... read more
Waterside Skyline in Rotterdam
Floating Forest
Dome Bubbles

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam August 5th 2018

We were largely unaware of our passage into Rotterdam until we saw the skyline out our cabin window. We needed to be ready to go on our windmill tour. We wondered if these would be the same windmills that we saw when we visited Amsterdam last year; but, this would prove to be a much different venue. I got my cold-cut sandwich again for breakfast and some chocolate milk; and, Sharon was sticking with nibbling on some toast, potato cakes and chocolate croissants. This port-day in Rotterdam will see the crew again do a complete top-to-bottom deep cleaning of the ship and hopefully we will remain free of new cases for 48 hours after embarking from Rotterdam with some new passengers. Back in the cabin I’m getting ready to head up to the Showroom and Sharon ... read more
View of Canal near Windmills

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Leiden July 15th 2018

I noted that there were frequent services between Amsterdam Centraal and Leiden Centraal; we didn’t get up early on 23 June. My mother had brought the Chikyu no Arukikata (Japanese travel guidebook) of Belgium, the Netherland and Luxembourg and it contained a good map of Leiden; so I decided to use it. We were to visit Hortus Botanicus Leiden – Horticultural Botanical Garden of Leiden University. However, we learned from the Japanese guidebook that there is a designated birthplace of Rembrandt and the windmill associated with his work on the way to the destination. The house in which Rembrandt was born was demolished a while ago but there was a plaque installed on the building where his birth house stood. We found the square where the waxwork of Rembrandt painting. Opposite to the square showed the ... read more
the windmill painted by Rembrandt
Franz von Siebold

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Leiden June 16th 2018

Today was the day we would say goodbye to fixed lodgings and become part of the motorhome and vanlife community, it was the start of a long road trip and we couldn't be more excited. We had a few last minute things to do so after checking out of our airbnb we went shopping in Emmen for a mattress protector, LED lights, bike lock and food. We had to drop the car off at the airport and it was my job to do that as Vaughan would be driving Matilda. I hadn't driven a car since leaving Australia May 2017 and its been a very long time since I had driven on the wrong side of the road! it was going to be interesting and there was no time like the present to get behind the ... read more

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