Day 14 the campgroundWe tried to get on the road at a reasonable time, our main destination was a campground that Ingrid, Laurie and Cindy had stayed at over 30 years ago. First up was the Dutch Cheese Market in Alkmaar. This is an open air market at the city center where “cheese carriers” haul delicious cheese rounds on special carriers. There are vendors along the canal selling everything cheese related from cheese toast, cheese, herring, and pancakes. The market shut down around 12:30 and we had to hide from the rain a few times.
We continued north and crossed the land bridge bordering the North Sea. We stopped at the Monument Afsluitdijk, the wind was howling!
Our main goal was to find a campground that Ingrid, Laurie and Cindy had stayed at when they visited over 30 years ago. After a stop in Balk, we were fairly certain that it was in Wijckel. After following some convenient signs we arrived at Camping ‘t Hop. (In the rain).
We stopped at the restaunt and had some very good soup and fickadel. Laurie, Lucas, Austin and I braved the rain storm and walked through the woods to the old cemetery that Laurie remembered from her childhood. It was a muddy adventure.
Driving back to Sevenhoven went without a hitch, the GPS was accurate about the time, we got back home about 8 pm and had pizza.
We had breakfast and left Sevenhoven for Amsterdam for a day of sight seeing. While only 37 km away, the traffic as you get closer to the city is very congested. Once you are on city streets, it is gridlocked and basically every man for himself. Bicycles and pedestrians have the right of way, they know it too. Don’t be surprised to have someone just step into the street (because they have somewhere to go). Add to this rain and no parking to speak of and you have a stressful day.
We were finally able to find parking, and made our way to the Royal Palace at the city center. We then walked to the Anne Frank house. As we walked back we got a bit to eat and explored some shops. Then it started the raining, no pouring on us. By the time we got to the parking structure we looked like drowned rats. Leaving Amsterdam was easier than the drive in. Had the weather cooperated it would have been nice to rent bicycles (the boys were very interested in this activity), but in the end we had to head back to Sevenhoven.
Slept in this morning, it was much needed after all the driving yesterday. In the morning we went to the local market for provisions, always get a kick out of finding things they don’t have in the US. Like:
And scary clowns:
There was a powering zoo right next to the market.