And we’re off…

By the time you read this, we’ll be somewhere on a bike path en route to a seaside town named Noordvijk aan Zee.  We’re going to stay in a B&B for the first night of our trip, just to get our bearings and have a chance to visit a grocery store and so on.  Most other nights we’ll be camping; either in campsites, using the Paalkamperen sites or even trying ‘stealth camping’.  I laughed when I first read about stealth camping.  Unlike here, in the Netherlands, it is illegal to just camp in the wild.  So a movement has developed where people find a quiet piece of forest or field and set up camp – stealth camping.  One site I reviewed warned about the hazards of such camping which included badgers stealing food or being awoken before dawn by songbirds.  Yikes!

The yellow line in the map below is the approximate border of the Netherlands.  Coincidentally, I learned that it is actually incorrect to refer to this country as Holland as Holland (North and South) is a province in the Netherlands.  It would be akin to calling the United Kingdom England I suppose.  The orange line in the map is a very rough route of how our trip might pan out, counter-clockwise from Amsterdam.  As we have no fixed plan, it will be interesting to see what really happens.  My main goal is to enjoy the countryside, the people and the food of the Netherlands.  I’d like to visit the Heineken Experience, some museums and tour some of the Liberation Route.  We might try to visit the Kinderdijk area, Zaanse Schans and perhaps Palais Het Loo.  Who knows!  Stay tuned for updates.

Our pre-trip rough itinerary; we'll see how the post-trip compares.

Our pre-trip rough itinerary; we’ll see how the post-trip compares.

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