After leaving Amsterdam we caught the train to The Hague, public transport in Holland is truly amazing – and punctual. We were staying at a hotel right next to the station so¬†checked in, dropped off the luggage and took the number 1 tram to the beach at Scheveningen. The bike racks at the station are a sight to behold. Had a great meal overlooking the beach then back to the hotel. Next stop was Delft the¬†following day, so back to Central Station and catch another tram to Delft,…

We spent a short time in Amsterdam on the 2007 trip to Europe and after the Rijks Museum and other local sights decided to take a conducted bus tour that covered Volendam, Marken – a cheese factory and working windmill. This was a true tourist trip, included a clog making demonstration – we loved it. The bus left Amsterdam and drove through the extremely flat Dutch countryside to Marken which was once an island, separated from the mainland in the 13th century following a storm surge, that isolation…

We flew into London Gatwick and waited for a flight to Brussels. Once there we caught the train to Brussels central and then changed to a train to Bruges (Brugge). It is so easy to travel around in Belgium without a car – so we did for a whole week. We stayed in an amazing penthouse apartment a short walk from the Grote Markt in Bruges. A perfect location with 2 bedrooms, lots of living space, a kitchen and the bonus of a roof garden, the interior can…