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... from the town of Urk took to the high seas. Literally. Using the locks at either end of the dyke, they headed out into the North Sea.
The building of the Afslitdijk not only allowed more land to be reclaimed, it also helped to control storm surges by reducing the exposed coastline. Waterlevels within Ijsselmeer can also be reduced by the opening of the barriers at low tide. There is a "bubble shield" within the lock system which prevents the salt water ...
... some new jeans & not happy I had been winning in the shopping department. Mission accomplished. Said our goodbyes to Sabine & train out to Airport. Sad to leave has been lots of fun.
Got the speedy boarding option & exit row seats (easyJet business! ha ha) so worth it as the plane was late & a big queue at the gate. Plane itself nice much better than the manky BA internal flight to Edinburgh with it's shiny blue ...
Like we did with Ghent in Belgium, we're making Utrecht our base in Holland and using the trains to explore the other cities. The trains between Utrecht and Amsterdam; Rotterdam and The Hague, all take approximately 30 minutes and there are 4 an hour.
Utrecht is a stunning city, I think it is my favourite European city so far! Having said that, almost every city we stay in we say 'I could live here!'
Like all of Holland, Utrecht has ...
... snacks for our cabin because I was getting desperate for some crackers and Cup-a-soup.
So we had about an hour and a half in Amsterdam.
But then the data download on our phone was all used-up and our map wouldn't work and we got lost so we decided to forget about art and history a made our way back to the pick-up point instead.
That took about an hour of panic walking, so we had roughly thirty minutes in Amsterdam.
We decided ...
... well, broke up the home trek of 20-odd minutes into 2 easier slots of 10. Washing has been put on given the lack of facilities for the last week, and we hope for an easier evening in the sleep and breathing departments than last night!!!
On the whole, we've all agreed that Amsterdam is definitely our style and we would love to come back. It just seems to fit us well...cleanliness, rules and organisation, much as I hates to admit it, makes life much ...