This holiday has seemed like a series of quite different holidays strung together, and no section more so than the last couple of days. We have returned to a favoured spot from previous Netrherlands trips, basing ourselves at the Camperplaats Het Groene Hart, This has felt like a typical (for us) Netherlands break, a relaxing almost-end of our holiday.
On our first full day here we headed out to Haarlem. It’s a great ride, mostly along canals and through parkland all the way into the city. We had a little wander round town and bought some ice creams (no stroopwafle ice cream available sadly, a disappointment for Martin, but the ice creams were still top class). We also indulged in some expensive chips, but they were very tasty, even if the man selling them gave Susan a dirty look for opting for Belgian Mayonnaise rather than Dutch…
We thought about spending more time in Haarlem, but decided the cycling was our real focus so we headed off again, deciding to head for a pancake house on the way back for a beer and “maybe a pancake if we fancy one”. Of course that meant pretending we might not buy pancakes in spite of the inevitability of it. When in the Netherlands it is just rude not to support one of the many pancake houses.
We then carried on to Hoofdorp for a spot of shopping – originally to check out panniers in the bike shops but we ended up shopping for dinner in Lidl and buying some socks from Primark, we know how to live it up!
We returned, with 50km under our belts (around 30 miles as long as the mile/km ration hasn’t gone the same way as the pound/euro since we booked the trip). Susan then cooked a fabulous chicken and chorizo dinner, it would have been great at home, so as camping food was simply fabulous.
On day two we also got out on the bikes in glorious sunshine, and cycled out to Noordwyck, touted as an old fishing village, but the bits we saw were more sandy-beach seaside resort (but very pleasant). We had a wander round the Sunday market, bought some rather yummy coconut things for coffee later, then cycled off through the dunes and made up a route home with the help of the fietsroutenetwerken
On our return we lazed around for the rest of the afternoon. We thought we’d have more time doing very little on this trip, but we haven’t really – that’s not been a problem, but it was nice to have an afternoon doing very little today.
Tomorrow we’re doing the next bit of our limp back towards Calais, heading for an overnight at another previously-visited Camperplaats in Zeeland.