A drive through the country and coast

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Where I stayed
At my cousin's home
What I did
Egmond aan Zee,Schoorl, Den Oever

Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Monday, April 23, 2012

We have been in Holland since the 21st of this month . It was great to say hello to my cousin and his family again. Wim ( being a chef ) cooked us a great evening meal, sat around the table and drank a few wines and talked a lot. Very late to bed of course. On the Sunday Wim and Elly had to go to the soccer. they are avid Ajax supporters, nearly as good as Graham with Arsenal. Rick and I spend the day with my auntie at her retirement village. It is a lovely little flat she has  there and at the age of 93 still looks after herself totally. She even manages to speak a few words of English.
Today we hopped in the car and went for a lovely drive. Rick wanted to see tulip fields , well they are everywhere at this time of the year , one field more colourful than the next. A great sight to see with so many various colours in each section. Our first stop was Egmond aan Zee, it used to be a little holiday village but now has grown to a big resort town. The original village has been kept so it is still nice to walk around. We stopped and had a coffee and cake there,( as you do ) Next stop was a the seaside town of Schoorl, we used to go there when we were kids and stayed for a week or so in a little holiday hut. My aunt and cousin used to come along as well and we both have good  memories of Schoorl.. We used to play on a big sand dune , climbing to the top and rolling down the bottom again. Well the whole thing is still there in all it's glory. No we did not climb to the top this time but we did have the usual ice-cream we used to get at the end of the day. Amazing to stand there and recall all the things we did, while eating the same type of ice-cream.
Next stop Den Oever which is on the other side of North Holland. It is the place where they build a dyke in order to hold back the ocean and create more land. A very interesting story as to how the Dutch managed all this water. It also seemed that my grandfather worked on this project, did not know that. Den Oever is also know for it's fresh fish. I can guarantee you that this is true. Bought some great herring there, both salt and sour and boy was it good to eat.
A very memorable day.
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Julie & Leon on

Today is the 30th - glad to have you back!

Ingrid Nichols on

About bloody time. Your 3 children have been very worried. I had a journalist friend about to ring dept of foreign affairs to find you!! Aunty Marianne rang Wimm to see where you were. You are both grounded for a month!!! Love you both xoxo

kym & julie on

Glad to see we were not the only ones worried about your lack of entries on the blog.Ansd so it continues...........Love ya rivetts 4

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