Driving in the North Sea?
Trip Start May 22, 2010
167Trip End Oct 31, 2010
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Peter and Brigette´s
Den Holder had lots of boats in a harbor, an airport, 2 McDonalds, an information centre, and the rest seemed to be closed. The information centre said they send people to the Library for internet but it is closed on Monday
We then drove to the Afsluitdijk which had a highway running over it and also a cycleway. We had bought a map that showed the motorways in Europe and were using it as our big picture map. It was worth it for this. I did puzzle the person in the Information Centre in Dan Haag whenIi checked about it in case it was really a ferry though.
It was weird to see only sea on either side and traffic running at 120kmph in the middle. We were effectively in the middle of the sea. We stopped at a Memorial part way across and crossed over to take pictures and read the signs. The dyke separates the naturally mainly freshwater area of Zuiderzee from the North Sea, so allowing the Zuiderzee to provide water for over 1,000,000 people. The statue was of the man who proposed the road in the early 1900's and who died about 3 years before the project was completed in 1933. There was also and information board about the dyke and the road. We had a snack at the cafe which also had photos of stages in the construction.
There was no sign of internet at the memorial café or at the museum on the other side so we set off with the internet as the priority
We arrived at Peter and Brigitte’s to find that they had decided earlier today that we weren’t coming. The email we had sent to everyone in May had not got to them and they had not checked their email this afternoon. After their initial surprise they could not have been more welcoming. I felt awful at first but we had a drink, brought in bags, had showers and settled in. Peter had football to play but first he showed us the computer he had set up for our use.
Brigitte was making a wurst salad (from Bavaria) for Peter to share with the other players and offered us some for tea. We first looked around her garden with it´s scented roses and various stone heads. When she said ´it´ is her hobby I assumed she meant gardening but she also meant stone carving. When Peter arrived home we had a wine with him and planned the next two days. We will go into Bremen tomorrow and then to Hamburg on Wednesday. We had a lot ot talk about as they had also stayed in Poland and often holiday in Italy.Suddenly we realised it was midnight so it was bedtime.