Holiday back home in The Netherlands
|Bergse Voor Plas in Rotterdam, Netherlands|
No that is not a photo made in Thailand! I am living almost 14 years in Thailand now and in the beginning I did go back "home" for a yearly reality-check and meeting family & friends. In the years passing your social circle changes and the years in between going back "home" became more & more. The last time that I did go back home to see family & friends was almost 3 years ago, so my 50th birthday was a good reason to go back "home" again. So we did book a straight flight Bangkok to Amsterdam with Eva Air. It was a comfortable but always too long flight. The flight was good but trying to travel from Schiphol to Rotterdam was a disaster as due to a "fire" in the train tunnel there were no trains leaving Schiphol. Mind you it seems that this kind "fires" are happening quit often. So although I had already bought & paid tickets (by Internet) for the train (13 Euro pp) we took a taxi home.
Of course it is not really "home" anymore as I feel that Thailand has become my home. And I do not have a house (home) anymore in the Netherlands. So we did stay at Bed & Breakfast Hillegersberg. What is a almost brand new 1 room B&B in a local residence area with good connection to the center of Rotterdam. It was a perfect room with small kitchen, bathroom with shower only, TV corner and access to the beautiful garden with a few chickens. We really loved it! The area of Hillegersberg has changed and there are now a few nice shops & restaurants like the Italian restaurant & lunch room La Salute or Argentinian grill restaurant Gauchos Grill and the classic French restaurant Het Oude Raadhuis (what was a little bit of a disappointment food-wise). And of course the very good green supermarket Marqt (bye bye Albert Hein). And for the best chocolate you go to De Bonte Koe.
|Trees in beautiful blossom everywhere|
|Tulips at Keukenhof, Netherlands|
From the Keukenhof we traveled by train to Arnhem to visit friends there and stay there for a few days. The area of Arnhem and Nijmegen along the German border and many rivers is beautiful. We made a small hiking trip in the "Posbank" and had lunch at Paviljoen De Posbank. It is a beautiful and typical Dutch landscape, great for walking a few hours. We did visit both Arnhem and Nijmegen and at the latter I did visit the best motorbike shop of the area Termaat Motoren (the biggest collection of protective riding gear that I have seen but they also sell motorbikes).
From Arnhem we traveled again by train to the south of the Netherlands to Epen to enjoy a few days the beautiful landscape & nature of "Geuldal" where we did stay in a 300 years old farm house. We enjoyed the good bourgeoisie life-style and had dinner at De Smidse (great food & service) and Buitenlust (great view but food-wise it was a bit of a disappointment). From Epen we traveled to the historical city of Zierikzee along the North-sea for a last stop at our tour of the Netherlands. From here it was back to Rotterdam again to take the next day our flight back to Bangkok again. It had been 3 weeks with beautiful weather and enjoying the beautiful Dutch landscape and nature.