We have now been in Holland for two days. It’s been wonderful exploring little towns and villages, driving on the easy to navigate highways, and wishing we could have just a little bit more sunshine. Our hosts are Sjoerd and Annette, and their little cabin hosts the eight of us with ease. It is wonderful to have our own cooking facilities, and enough beds for everyone! The long driveway is fun to navigate, but Chris is getting better at backing up tight spaces and turning on a dime (the Mercedes Vito has an incredible turning radius for a large van).
Over the last two days, we have explored the Dutch towns of Dokkum, the German town of Papenburg, and the border town of Bourtagne.
Dokkum has a beautiful little canal system in between four large windmills. the streets are narrow, the houses quaint and the canal beautiful. Chris will remember it as the town where he drove down the wrong road and had to back up 200m before a tight little turn to get out. Everyone is on bikes, and Holland’s jerseys were very cheap!
Bourtagne is an old fort built on the border of Germany and Holland to keep out invaders. It’s star shape is very unique, and the moats, drawbridges and walls would have adequately kept out invaders. A small little town still exists within the star, where little shops, a church and some cafes still welcome guests. The most unique lawnmower ever is situated here!
Papenburg also has a nice canal system, and the German town is famous for its ship-building wharfs. Far from the ocean, Papenburg hosts the Meyer-Wherf, where Disney has had its last two cruise ships built. The building that hosts cruise ship assembly is an incredible sight to see!
Tomorrow we venture to Amsterdam, where a cousin of Linda will be graciously hosting us and touring us around the city. We will park the van (thankfully) and rely on public transit.
We have had many stroupwaffles and pieces of cheese, but we have yet to have our fill!