The Netherlands brings to mind wooden shoes and windmills but there is so much more.
I am missing traveling so much right now. How better to help alleviate that wanderlust just a little bit than by sharing the images and stories of previous trips. Admittedly though, writing these travel articles takes me far longer than some of the other topics.
Why? Because going through images I haven’t looked at yet, editing, researching locations and just sitting, sighing and remembering, takes more time than it likely should. But you have to, don’t you?
We stayed in Amsterdam, on a houseboat. What a great experience. There was a local little pub where we ended up a few evenings after long days of walking and sightseeing. It was perfect.
One of the best things we did was to hire a private tour guide. It was just him and us. He walked us around and through the streets of Amsterdam and filled us in on the history and had plenty of stories to go along with that. I highly recommend this. It is so much better than a big group tour. You can personalize what you want to see and do and you are able to develop a relationship with your guide.
Our guide was Henk, if you’re ever in Amsterdam he was so knowledgeable and helpful. Contact me if you’d like his information for your trip to The Netherlands.
Another invaluable perk to having a local private tour guide, they can take you places you’d never have likely found on your own. Henk picked us up the next day for a day out to a working windmill, the Alida Hoeve Volendam cheese farm and a stop for lunch at one of his favorite spots.
The cheese farm also has the wooden shoemaker Klompenboerderij De Vriendschap.
A wonderful side trip to the town of Marken. What a beautiful harbor area and little town.
Then a stop at one of the working windmills in the area.
Dinner on the way home, one of Henk’s favorite spots. The deWitte Swain Pannekoekenhuis in Waterland. Yum!
More to come
Stay tuned for Part 2 of The Netherlands. More cheese and Rotterdam!
Cheese indeed! Always fun to get goofy shots.