Bouncing in Bucharest (part 1)

Elly has been in Bucharest since very early on Tuesday. I flew out to meet her yesterday (Friday). My flight was due to take off at 19:00 but took off after 19:30, after a sudden gate-change from 4 to 18, because the place was at gate 17. A 3 hour 30 minute flight landed me in Bucharest Otopeni airport around 1am Romanian time. Here’s what happened since… Continue reading

Lelystad to Zaandam; zedding in Zaandam

We had decided to finished the holiday with a few days in Zaandam. We came here in late 2016: here’s our stories from then. So yesterday (Sunday 8 September) was taken up by a relatively long (42 miles) trip. No rain, little wind but much wiggling: https://cyclemeter.com/dd47ea6f33590baa/Cycle-20190908-1049-80348. I’d been keen to see the completely reclaimed countryside of Flevoland, and got it.

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street-names en route

Miles of straight, smooth tarmac made this a pretty smooth run.

crossing from Flevoland to Muiden (mainland)

Crossing from Flevoland to Muiden (mainland)

 

Today has been a deliberately lazy day: breakfast,  shopping, coffee, more shopping, more coffee, dozing, cinema, sleep  Tomorrow we might be energetic!

Our hotel in Zaandam

Around the Zuiderzee museum at Enkhuizen

 

street-name

Enkhuizen marina

about de Taanhuis

inside de Taanhuis

about the smoke-houses

inside the smoke-houses

about a house from Merken

inside the house from Merken

about a corner-shop

inside the corner-shop

inside the corner-shop

random building

around the museum

about a house from Marken

inside the house from Marken

about a fish-auction

inside the fish-auction

about tanning

more about tanning

more about tanning

more about tanning

more about tanning

about the Aeronef

the Aeronef

about a dike-house

the dike-house

about chalk-ovens

museum layout-information

museum layout-information

about the Zuiderzee museum

more about the Zuiderzee museum

looking back at the museum

I was intrigued by the ride of this thatched hut.

another view of the thatched hut

about the bronze-age hut

bronze-age hut

bronze-age hut

about the brush-maker

outside the brush-maker’s

inside the brush-maker’s

Elly is not an exhibit!

Shy sheep

flounder

boiler-room(?)

about the boiler-room

steam engine

boiler and steam-engine

about the steam-laundry

laundry

about van der Kamp laundry

more about the van der Kamp laundry

about Zuiderzee tastes

What to use for polishing your stove!

forge

about the high street

painted radiator

about the pharmacy

Enkhuizen marina

sailing

 

about Paulus Potter

Paulus Potter sketching a goat…

… and his model.

Note the weathervane

view of Enkhuizen

view of Enkhuizen

view of Enkhuizen

Bookbinder Street

2nd September: to den Burg, then de Koog

Today was a shopping and sightseeing day. Cyclemeter map for now, photos below.

Den Burg sheep-market

Sheep in Den Burg market

The White Angel – sells all manner of Texel wool

how to use a sheep

At the ‘Flora’ shipwreck and beach-combing museum

A nation of cyclists!

Hope to auction fish

Elly gaming

outside exhibits

Jutter boat, previously used by Texel jutter Sil Boon. (A jutter is a beachcomber or scavenger.)

about the next few photos

lifeboat capsule

inside the lifeboat capsule

lifeboat capsule pilot’s station

inside the lifeboat capsule

about the lifeboat capsule’s air supply

ship interior

mammoths!

mammoth tusk

wine, women and song?

rubber gloves

penicillin

whiskey galore

Aye-aye captain!

snail-flour!

de Koog beach

de Koog beach

de Koog beach

Stars and bars

So we are at the hotel 14 Sterren, on Texel. It’s a Saturday afternoon and there is the sound of a wedding in the background. It’s going on at the restaurant in the buildings next to where we are staying. We have had a short but fun ride to get here, and that was yesterday, cycling from Alkmaar to here.

Today’s very short cycles were into the centre of town and back:

Cycling without luggage was welcome. I don’t think we are at the full strength of former years at the moment. That is, we could have done the 36 miles from Alkmaar to our place in Texel in a morning or even the full 58 from IJMuiden to Texel, (i.e. IJMuiden to Alkmaar and Alkmaar to Texel) in a day if we had wanted. But we didn’t want. This is holiday, which means we don’t have to strain our bahookies. Continue reading