Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
9Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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This week has flown by so quickly. We have had some very hot weather but we are sleeping better now with a fan so it is not such a problem. We are in the routine of walking early and riding late when it is not so hot. We have also had storms and showers of rain when most unexpected. It doesn't cool down and goes away as quickly as it comes. Melbourne has 4 seasons in a day. Holland has 4 seasons in an hour sometimes.
We have enjoyed exploring a few of the local villages by car and by bike
Saturday we caught the train to ‘s Hertogenbosch. It was a 30 minute trip but we were told it was easier than driving because of the parking. We had a great day wandering around the old town with the self guided walking tour – it is all so old compared to Australia. We saw a wedding in the big old cathedral which was obviously very flash. The guests were all very well dressed. The wedding car was a decorated 2 door fiat 500 – very different.
While we were waiting for the train we met a couple who told us about a special off peak deal where 2 people could travel anywhere in Holland all day for 30 euros
Yesterday we went to de Hogue Veluwe National Park. We were mostly on the motorways and not driving fast enough for the locals but we got there okay (2 hours). We left at 8am and arrived home at 7.30pm so it was a long day. The park was huge. There are 700 white bikes available for everyone to use. As usual there were great bike tracks and we did a lot of riding. Surprisingly there were a lot of teenagers . They were riding bikes using their GPS to get around. We just got lost as usual. It was a property that originally belonged to a wealthy Dutch family. They built a beautiful hunting lodge which was open for tours. They also collected a lot of paintings that are now housed in a big gallery there. We explored the gallery (lots of Van Gogh) and also the large sculpture garden outside. It was all very different and well worth the visit. There was also an interesting museum showing life underground. We were very tired by the time we got home.
Rob has been out finding someone to repair a puncture on my bike this morning. He couldn’t repair it because we couldn’t find a pump to fit. The pump fitted the very large regular bike there that I wasn’t prepared to ride. It was too high. I prefer the folding bike. He had the challenge of finding a bike repair place in the Yellow Pages which is only in Dutch. He succeeded so hopefully there won’t be any more punctures. It is very handy being able to ride everywhere. Parking is too much of a problem when you drive.
Sunday night when the big soccer game was on, we had dramas with the oven. We couldn’t turn the fan off and weren’t prepared to go out and leave it. We couldn’t follow the manual so called the neighbours for help. They couldn’t follow it either so it wasn’t just our lack of Dutch. It eventually turned itself off by which time it was too late to go downtown so we watched the game at home. Everyone was very sad about the result. The orange decorations are still around. They even had orange cakes in the Bakery. Rob bought an orange cap for 50 cents so he did his bit. The cap has come in handy too, especially when driving the car with the roof open.
Until next week.
Carol & Rob