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We awoke to a cloudy day, the first of
the trip, packed, checked out and set the GPS for Deflt, Netherlands.
It was about a 7 hour drive to Delft, through the northwest corner
of France, through Belgium and up to Delft, near the Hague in the
Netherlands. A very pretty drive through France and then …
... Bikes run this country! I mean I knew that biking was a serious deal in the Netherlands but man they weren't kidding. It's so wierd to see cars yielding for bikes, and having to wait for the street to clear from bikes before crossing.
Apparently depending on the city, a city will have a day of the week where everything will close like at around 9pm which is later than usual, but in return it will open their shops later on another day of the week. Well in Delft it ...
Visited Alkmaar Cheese Market.
Every Friday there is a show for the public. They show how they weigh the cheese and how they check the quality of the cheese. It rained very hard in Delft on this day.
Went to Zaandam to see the windmills. The area where they stand are called Zaanse Schans We witnessed a worker making oil from sand and peanuts. This oil is then sold to the public.
Went to visit the clogg factory and saw ...
... finally got your life back together, rebuilt your home, are feeling normal again. And suddenly it's all swept away by the sea. So many people lost everything but the clothes they were wearing and maybe a few things they were able to grab. There were a few heart-breaking scenes in the newsreel that was shown of young children clutching the family cat or caring for a baby doll. Queen Juliana visited the region after a few days, and that had a huge, positive effect on the ...
... browsing (not buying) at a shop featuring the very expensive collection of Delft products.
Our next destination was the seat of power in the Netherlands; The Hague. Although I had heard of The Hague, I never realized it would be such a beautiful place. The inner courtyard is completely paved with narrow bricks in a herringbone pattern, and this manner of paving seemed to be repeated in all the places ...