Not far from Haarlem and Amsterdam, the Zaanse Schans is a bike-able destination. We checked out 17th century saw mills, old farms, Dutch skies, a ferry and passed a waste facility that looked like a luxury hotel.
the Netherlands has a number of interesting castles. Today we combine a trip through the Green Heart of Holland with a visit to a castle.
We start at train station Naarden-Bussum. After a loop via several towns and fields of heather we arrive in Hilversum to admire modernist architecture.
We paid a visit to a farm in Haarlem that is based on biodynamic principles. Volunteers, the city, a care facility and a private person came together to make it happen.
When in Haarlem, take the self guided tour on the hofjes, those green oases in the city centre.
The Netherlands is known for cycling like no other country. But did you know that there are also eight million cars?
In a province that advertises itself as hi-tech, photo radar is not on the radar. The province needs to see the light. Automate the process please.
Rotterdam is taking a lane away in their downtown arterial to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists. The population had asked for it.
I remember that in my youth back in Holland in our village of 13,000 a teen called Sjaak (from ‘Jacques’) with Down Syndrome cycled by our house regularly. He had an upright bike with two enormous mirrors. His bike was his pride. The freedom for him was fantastic. He could go where he wanted, was sent out for errands by [Read more…]
Those who follow me on Twitter (@HansontheBike) got a pretty good impression of what I have been doing the last three weeks. Karen and I were in the Netherlands. I live in Canada and although on average I go back once a year, it is often for work, which means I can only add a day or two to my trip [Read more…]