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Summer tulips: dahlias. Photoblog of a flower show garden

…other dahlias are in between summer & autumn

The end of the tulip season is never a happy one. The sight of the sea of colours brings so much joy and happiness. Once the tulips are gone, what is there to look forward to? Well, dahlias! You could call them the summer tulips. Just like tulips they’re bulb flowers, they’re amazingly colourful, with lots of varieties and there are fields full of them. Here’s an photo impression of the dahlia show garden near Keukenhof.  Read more

Cycling to a Gouda cheese farm on a Saturday

Start at the Gouda cheese market and go in any direction for about 25 km (15 miles). This is the region where the Gouda cheese is produced. Today we’re cycling to a Gouda cheese farm in the village of Bodegraven for a proper tour.  We begin at the cheese market of another Rhine village. Read more

August Events in the Netherlands

Summer in Holland is fantastic. Long, colourful days with nice temperatures and a good amount of sunshine ( most of the time at least).   Whether you like music, food or flowers, t here’s always something to do. Most of the time you can even combine all of your interests, passions and hobbies by going to one place or even one festival. In the post  Summer Festival Hopping you could already read about my favourite festivals in the province South Holland. Now, to make sure you won’t miss out on some typical Dutch activities during your Holland holiday I wanted to highlight some August events in the Netherlands that Verita’s Visit organises themed food & flowers.

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Cycle Holiday Holland: Veluwe Visit

I wake up early. All soreness, sleepiness and muscles aching is forgotten. It’s a brand new, extremely warm day and I am ready for the last stretch of my cycle holiday Holland. The cycle route from Nijkerk to Zwolle is about 60 km, the longest distance so far. I thought I would be exhausted, that I wouldn’t be able to even get out of bed. But, at the end it’s all about the mindset. Now that I’ve made it to Nijkerk, I’m not going to give up. Then again, there’s still a whisper in my head. If I don’t make it, it’s ok. I can park the bike at the station of Nunspeet and take the train to Zwolle.

The miscalculation

Ok, I do have to mention that I made a miscalculation. I had not read the invitation of the Zwolle site visit. Thought that the overnight stay in Zwolle was on Friday evening. So I had planned to cycle from Nijkerk to Nunspeet on Thursday and then book an overnight stay in Nunspeet. Well, found that out on Wednesday, when I had the little set back and was all hesitative whether I should go on with the impulsive act or not.

Veluwe nature bike ride

Now there was no going back, and this was the best part of my cycle holiday Holland. Nijkerk is just a stone’s throw away from one of the most beautiful parts of the Veluwe. The forest of Speulder and Nunspeet is just fabulous. Enroute you pass the Staverden Estate which truly looks like a fairytale castle. Right next to it is a farmers shop, which they call ‘landscape’ shop here. They sell regional products and can give you loads of information on the area. You can also book a tour in a horse and wagon.  Within no time you’re in Hattem – well, it took me a full day, 6 hours- but as you’re in the middle of nature with hardly any people around time really does fly.

River IJssel panoramics

In the cute little Hanseatic village of Hattem I have to find my way over the river again. Yesterday it was the Eem, today it is the better known Ijssel. This time I don’t get lost. Well, not until I reach the other side and Google Maps/ GPS lets me know I still need to cross the river. I’m confused, but determined to reach my goal. Via a detour I reach another Farmers Shop – Yes, by after my last post you know how much I like them-. Somehow, something lead me in this direction. I buy fruit & drinks and ask for directions. The shop assistant is very helpful, but has difficulty explaining how I can reach my destination. Interesting enough, she doesn’t give directions for the car, but immediately starts explaining the directions for the bike. A wave of hot air passes us as another client enters the airconditioned shop. She hears our conversation and offers to guide me in direction of the hotel. I’m saved!

The end of my cycle holiday Holland?

In another half hour I reach Hotel Lumen, right behind the football stadion. My room looks out on a huge outdoor swimming pool, which with this weather is very attractive. But, I’m exhausted and the bed looks terribly good.  Another half hour later I’m in my fresh piji and a thunderstorm passes Zwolle. Hopefully it’s dry tomorrow. There quite some outdoor activities planned for the Zwolle site visit. And… I still have to think how I’ll get back to The Hague/ Delft/ Rijswijk. Well, home.