The ride to the North Sea beach at Bloemendaal aan Zee takes 30 minutes or less, depending on your mood and how much air is in your tires (ha!). Believe it or not, this is a quiet summer day riding out to the sea.
Since moving to the Netherlands we both have been drinking a lot more beer. I don't mean epic parties, but we definitely partake in a beer or two more often. The fact that we have, what are to us, cool "foreign" beers accessible in every grocery store and café terrace helps a lot. Here are just some of the Dutch breweries that we have enjoyed since moving here...
People of all ages started lining up a kilometer away. I stood by myself in line amongst thousands, and was surprised at how quiet it was. Living in the Netherlands this was one moment, in a year's time, where there was almost complete silence in a crowded public place. I could tell that this ceremony is taken very seriously by those in attendance. I felt honoured to witness the commemoration.
The stillness of Kinderdijk in the off-season brings home the desperate struggle to keep its land from disappearing under water. In the not-so-distant past, windmills meant much more to this country than a pretty picture. Perhaps the best time to come here is when it's just you and the windmills and the wind whistling in your ears.