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Published: April 27th 2018
The Tulip Tour
Begins in the Amsterdam harbor
Well we are in Amsterdam tonight getting ready to fly home tomorrow. We have had an absolutely great time and can't wait to plan our next extended trip.
Our tulip cycling tour was interesting. We had 10 other folks on our boat with us, and that always makes for a good time. The weather was unseasonably warm - some days even hot - and uncharacteristically not windy, so we had good cycling weather. Of course, the cycling was pretty leisurely with plenty of stops and snacks. The flower fields, Kukenhof, and flower auction were all over the top large. Huge fields rolling into huge fields of different color flowers as we cycled by. The tourist caravans and tour busses were everywhere, and the little roads were completely full of flower lookers.
On the tour we stopped by the Hans Brinker statue - the little boy that stuck his finger in the leaking dyke and saved the country, saw some churches (of course), a windmill naturally, and a farm that makes cheese and wooden clogs - complete with demonstrations. It was tempting to buy a pair or two of wooden clogs, but we resisted. We did pick up a small
Almost like being in the Army
wheel of delicious cheese though - Dave managed to find enough room in his suitcase for that. The craziest thing about our cycling tour was that we never got very far from Amsterdam, and yet it seemed like we were way our in the country.
Since we left the boat in Amsterdam, we have crisscrossed Belgium and the Netherlands to see our remaining bike race in Liege and visit our friends in The Hague. I can tell you that the road construction season has arrived over here - but Dave managed very well with our multiple detours. We did have some trouble finding our last Air BNB in the heart of the Ardennes. Road construction, the terrain limitedGPS signal, and the twisty turns roads made for a long interesting search for the right small town. In the course of our search, we did find the F1 race track at Spa and many of the sports car drivers who were participating in a rally there over the weekend. I am sure they were thrilled to find us in our underpowered Toyota Aygo meandering along the road in front of their performance car. We also took the opportunity its to look
Hans Brinker Statue
Dedicated to all the children of Holland
at some of the places the Dave's uncle Johnny and the 106 IN DIV fought during the winter of 1944 in the Battle of the Bulge.
We spent yesterday with our friends Stefan and Cordula King in The Hague. They showed us some of their favorite places and took us to lunch on the beach. They have been stationed here for 4 years, and will be moving to their next assignment in Germany this summer. One of the places they took us was to the art museum where the Girl with the Pearl Earring lives ... Dave and I were impressed that we knew the painters name, and had been to Delft where the painter was from on our last trip to The Hague. I think this was the first art museum we had been to since Andy was in high school - so kind of a milestone for us.
Today we just took care of things - turning in the car, figuring out the train for tomorrow, packing and resting - to be ready to come home tomorrow. We are having drinks in the hotel getting ready to watch Dave's new favorite binge Netflix binge show (Suits)
Honestly, I forget which one.
tonight ... He's thrilled.
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