Travel

Highlights of the Netherlands

Before we arrived in Amsterdam, we made a stop at the De Hoge Veluwe National Park.  The last time we visited was in June of 2013 with my mom & brother.  Here, they provide bicycles for visitors to explore the many landscapes of the park (forest, sandy dunes & grasslands). 

We parked our car at the south entrance of the park, picked up bikes and headed towards the visitor’s center area.  We had packed a picnic lunch, so we stopped along the way to eat our lunch & then made a loop back to our car.

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After our time in Amsterdam, we drove to the coast for my dad and Kylie to get a chance to see the North Sea.  We made a stop at the beach in Bloemendaal aan Zee.  It was gray and chilly, so we just walked along the sand for maybe 10 minutes and then headed back to the car!

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We continued driving to Den Haag, where we walked around for a couple hours and had lunch.

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Our final destination was Rotterdam, where we were spending the night. 

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We took the water taxi to the ss Rotterdam.  This was a ship used by Holland America Line (HAL) from 1959 to 1969 to transport passengers from Rotterdam to New York and then was used as a full-time cruise ship traveling to other parts of the world until 2000.  It is now docked permanently in Rotterdam and used as a hotel.  Unfortunately, they were having a few private parties, so we didn’t get to explore some of the deck areas that visitors are usually allowed to visit. 

They drive those taxis quite quickly and maneuver them a little wildly into each dock.  It was like a ride!

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We took the water taxi again from the ss Rotterdam to the Delfshaven, the port of Delft that eventually became a part of Rotterdam.  Compared to the rest of the city which was destroyed in WWII, it is well-preserved.

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Our last stop in the Netherlands was to see the historic windmills at Kinderdijk, a place we also visited with my mom & brother.

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I shouldn’t have said that our last stop was the windmills because right before we crossed the border into Germany, we stopped at the outlet mall & grocery store in Roermond.  Also, two very important stops & good way to end our tour of the Netherlands!

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