Hotel op Diek
Travel Blogs from Den Hoorn
And it was wow all the way. Exactly as the guide books say. Flat countryside, beautiful fields of colour with all varieties of tulips, and windmills. Cycle paths along the side of the roads, and lots of people cycling (not a helmet to be seen though, cyclists have priority and are fairly safe in Holland).
Lia and Theo live about an hour out of Amsterdam and they showed us all around. The beach is nearby and in the summer is very touristy.
... to the flowers. We looked at our map and carried on before turning off onto a small road. Sure enough, it led right to the field of flowers which turned out to be hyacinths. They smelled wonderful and we enjoyed the view of the purple heading off into the distance. The best rows were the dark purple hyacinths and the lilac and pink ones were just starting to come out. We enjoyed our ride and hoped we could fit in a few more before leaving the ...
... fully overhauled. The engine has been out after when inspected it was apparent that sand had done a lot of damage. The cylinders had to be renewed and a 5speed gearbox was installed. We have also made modifications to overcome the fuel mixture problems at altitude. More about that when we make our first ascend over 4500mtrs. We also fixed the funny problem with the claxon, in Morocco it was sounding every time we made a turn, so we disconnected it.
... was tired so she laid down to rest before dinner .
Dinner was a typical Dutch meal served to us in Hoorn in the West Fresian Museum with Dutch hosts sitting at our tables and interacting with us. The meal was like beef stew, but with the potatoes and carrots mashed together and served on the side. It was tasty.
... at law. Interestingly, cyclists don’t have to and don’t choose to wear a helmet here.
Is that enough about bikes? Yes, I thought so. Let’s talk about the weather instead. Or maybe not, as it’s a bit depressing. After the first few days of mostly sun, it’s been about 50% rain each day.
Next time we will tell you a bit about the lovely town of Leiden.
Bye for now,