I am sitting in a tiny café, sipping a typical strong Dutch coffee in the beautiful city centre of Leiden and I finally found some time to write! The last few days have been amazing – I have had a blast here in Holland so far. It started very early and very active last week in Groningen, the northern part of Holland where we decided to go mud flat walking, which is basically going for a hike on the bottom of the sea with low tide. We walked from the coast all the way to one of the Wadden Islands, Ameland, making our way through salt marches and sand banks while admiring the wildlife (we saw some seals!) and tranquillity, as there is nothing surrounding you but the sea, sand and wind, it was definitely a very unique experience that I would recommend to everyone!
The next day we took it a bit easier after our work-out the day before and we visited Stavoren, the oldest city of Friesland. We walked around in this tiny, picturesque city with its many sailing boats and then thought we could not leave Friesland without being on the water and embarked on a sailing trip on the Frisian lakes, we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful nature that is prevalent there. For dinner we decided to go to De Librije, a restaurant that has been awarded with three Michelin stars. The food here is so delicious, I could not get enough!
When in Holland, do not miss Utrecht! This city in the middle of Holland, has lots of students, (meaning it is full of life) and you have a guaranteed great night out there in some of the really nice pubs along the medieval canals.
You cannot leave Holland without seeing some of the traditional icons, so we headed toward the western part of Holland and drove around the colourful bulb fields and visited Kinderdijk, where 19 windmills are standing close together.
And now I am in Leiden and just did some shopping here. Tonight we will visit The Hague to visit Het Nederlands Dance Theater, the best of contemporary dance in Holland. Before heading back tomorrow we will visit the Vermeer centre in Delft and paint our own porcelain. What a great end to a great week here in Holland!
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Next… Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
Thursday 26 November 2009 17:12 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Hotelopia Travel Guides