Hof van Marken
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We had a glorious day out on our Vespa, (50cc?) no licence necesssary, no gears, just start and go!
The bicycle paths here are fantastic. They are everywhere, and small motorbikes can use them too. Once we had worked out who gives way to who, and what you can get away with, we were away!
Getting out of the city was the most challenging, but once over the bridge and heading north, we were relishing the flat tarseal bike dedicated roads that ...
... Norway's flag is red with a blue cross outlined in white. They have 50,000 islands. The population of over 5 million people is governed by a King. The capital is Oslo. The capital has also been in Bergen, Trondheim and Tromso. They have taxes of approximately 28%.
The Norwegians work 37 hours per week with 5 weeks vacation; flexible hours; 46 weeks of maternity leave; free health care; free college; and earn $4,700 per month.
Our last day in Amsterdam was spent touring the Holland countryside. We explored a working windmill from the 1600s (grinding lime for lining soccer fields, and various pigments from stones and roots for making paints). At one time there were over 5000 windmills in Holland and fortunately nearly 1000 still survive. The majority of early windmills were used to pump water to reclaim land from sea and lakes. Over half of The Netherlands is below sea level. ...
... bombing of Genoa then on way to England' plane had engine problems they thought they were over England so bailed out but were over north see so all died of hypothermia. Plane kept flying round till ran out of fuel and crashed landed in paddock near Amsterdam.
Got on short ferry crossing to Amsterdam put bikes in garage and walked tne city. Very dangerous with people on bikes not sure why lots ...
These are photos which I did not include in yesterday's blog. They are not in order for reasons too complicated to explain. The weather was glorious today, so we went to lots of spots we missed on our first days in this city. There are many more tourists here now than were in evidence two weeks ago. Tomorrow we hope to travel to the big travel flower auction at Alsmeer. ...