Saturday, April 9, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016: Aalsmeer, Netherlands

The sun is shining this morning, but the temperature is chilly – in the 50’s. We are going to begin our time in Holland by touring the bulb field area.  This is the primary reason for us returning to Holland at this time of the year. We drove with our friend over to her son’s (JJ’s) home, where he joined us for a day of adventure.  

The Dutch spring this year has been cool, so that the daffodils and hyacinths are the primary flowers currently in bloom.  Only a few early tulips are blooming at this time. When you stop by a field of hyacinth’s, as soon as you open the car door, the heavy scent of hyacinths fills the air – you would not want to have any scent allergies.  We took lots of photos of the hyacinths and daffodils – you just don’t seem to get enough!  Other tourists were out and about, but we stayed on the ‘back roads’, and in doing so there was not lots of traffic – either bicycles or vehicles.
Smell the Hyacinths

After driving back and forth in the bulb field area we went to the village of Katwijk, located on the North Sea.  Our host and son enjoy flea markets, of which there were two located in the town of Katwijk today.  The past several times we have visited our friend here in Holland we have gone to flea markets together so we decided to take a stroll for no more than an hour today.  The good news is that no one spent any money!!!

After a lovely lunch by the Sea in Katwijk we walked by the beach.  It was cold and windy, but as always a lovely setting/view.  Even though it was somewhat hazy we could see down the coastline to the area where we lived when we first arrived in Holland in 1972.
Katwijk Beach

Rachel and our Friend

We then returned to the house via the bulb field area again.  This time the traffic was definitely busier - bikes and vehicles. We returned to JJ’s home where we first had afternoon tea, followed by a great Dutch dinner of potatoes, veggies and meat, then dessert.  

Not sure where all tomorrow will take us, but we will be out exploring. I hope to take a collection of photos of the windmills during our stay.

Bicycle bridge designed by a famous architect

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