Rockanje, South Holland.

 

For our last week we moved closer to the Hook of Holland and the ferry departure date, Rockanje, about 20 mile south of the Hook. Another site with Deer, goats, rabbits, ponies the works so it was very quiet until the peacock struck a chord !

Once again loads to see and do right on the North Sea coastline so would return if the ferry over was ever late over.

Right where next………..

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Greeted to this Dutch goal scorer near the site, I asked the owner if that was for when Holland scored, he said we haven’t qualified ! Doh!! I blagged it saying I was a rugby man myself !
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Best cycle route planner yet, each post has a number and the direction to the next number, you choose, long or short, simples.
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Easy….
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…you can still take a wrong road if you don’t concentrate !
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Herons…….
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….and Greylag geese
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The Dutch making hay !!
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Ingenious mechanical bridges and canals

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Saw loads of these bags hanging from flag poles, found out that when you finish school for the last time you chuck your bag on a flag pole ?
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Lovely places to visit and spend time near
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Big seafarers in their day the Dutch
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You can see why….
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….with all these waterways
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Blowing a gale on the North Sea coast line !
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I struggled to see the resemblance with Torbay myself ?
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So another trek finished…
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….with Stenna taking us home via Harwich, bye. 
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The Yacht club, Culemborg, Gelderland.

With loads of washing to be done before we returned home a Yacht club is the place to be, Culemborg itself is full of character with loads of places to see and loads to do.

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The classic Dutch windmill
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Loads of churches and spires, good landmarks in this flat land
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Typical Dutch shape for their houses
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Everywhere surrounded by river, canals and dykes of every description
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All very well kept.
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The market square with cyclists and pedestrians along with cars mixing easily, begs the question why can’t we !!
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More personalised glass to be drunk from !
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Cycles either side and motorists up the center, no center road markings, if someone comes the other way just be sensible about it, easy.

Kessel

Having crossed into Holland we find a nice little site run by a young couple eager to please, beers in the fridge, if no ones about put your money in the box, when you leave if no ones about put your money in the box, very trusting and it works.

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A very peaceful place to stay, all farm land, cycle tracks and canals but that’s Holland in a nutshell really.
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The town of Kessel sits on the river complete with castles and market squares
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She’s always on the outside looking in !
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Old river lookout with a modern roof section.
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You need to be patient on these Dutch cycle trips….
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….but once on the ferry it is normally less than a Euro, which is money well spent if you don’t want a 20 km detour or you don’t want to get wet !
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Not only very close to the German border it’s also close to the Belgium border and their Trappist breweries!
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If they haven’t got the right glass they will not serve you the beer ! (I know a bit of France just crept into shot) you soon adapt to drinking less quantity but then again the beers are up to 10% strength so a bit of quality then.
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Bit of venison !
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And something for the Walloons !!

Hirschhorn, Heidelberg

Hirschorn had its own castle guarding the near oxbow in the river, well worth a visit as it was only small but compact, it had its own train station straight into Heidelberg which was a very busy place on the Sunday we visited with the castle bringing in busses of Japanese tourists.

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Camping next the river courtesy of Hirschhorn FC
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The view from the van up river to the huge lock and hydro-electric dam
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Another traditional house in the walled town
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Ice cream time me thinks
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So a 30 minute train ride into Heidelberg, I know it’s a boat, I didn’t get the train on film ! But you get the idea of the river
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Statues and columns
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It’s all about famous people on the bridges, I don’t know who she is on the left though with the mozzie net on ?
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“A plinth with a view”
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The castle in its day stood guard at the only river crossing bridge
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Got my eye on this elderly Japanese couple, every shop she visited he unfolded his walking stick seat and sat patiently for her return ! Clever fella !

Durbach & Oberkirch

We found Durbach while looking for Oberkirch, both well heeled wine growing areas with houses laying in the valleys overlooked by the vines. Once you pay the tourist tax you are allowed free travel on all the busses and trains in the Black Forest area so we stayed  a while to explore.

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Wine growing region and very hilly
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This is the tourist office, not a bad little office eh !
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Streams and flowers everywhere
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All the vines have the best hillside views with paths everywhere
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Big houses sit on the top
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With free train tickets we took a ride up the valley and a walk back so far to look at some of the novelty
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The place is full of international water bottling plants as the water from deep below is naturally carbonated also the hotels thrived on the health benefits years ago and still do
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Being in the Black Forest all the superstitions are on show
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So ! It’s a giant flower press ?
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Stone & running water thingy !
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Beer at the top of the vineyard trail
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Proper man mountain shed
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Planter made from the old vine stumps, nothing wasted

Bad Durrheim

Another great choice of sites, stayed here the first week of June for €16/night with EHU then they give you two free 3 hour sessions each day for the spa worth €12 each, no brainier that one. A really relaxing place to stay although it does attract the elderly types due to the mineral waters health benefits.

In the 1920’s they drilled into the warm mineral/salt rich water table, brought it to the surface to dry out and leave the white gold, now the spa has numerous pool of differing salt concentrations which you just float around in, very civilised I think.

All this brought the rich and well heeled which you can see in the houses and hotels so will return if I’m anywhere close by.

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Loads of old quaint things in Bad Durrheim…
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…we call it Bad Durham but it came with mineral spa and cake cafes
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Old factories where once salt was produced
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Little churches in the middle of nowhere, complete with lead roof linings !
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Beautiful gardens to just sit and relax
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Again loads of cycle paths to explore
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Mineral spa….
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…..with loads of outdoor space
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After all that healthy detoxed living it’s time to spoil it all ! Apple strudel to keep the blood sugars up !

Bernau am Chiemsee & Munich

We moved onto the tennis stelplatz near lake Chiemsee, bikes off and a trip into town with spit roast pig on the go but we opted for a roadside “Thia” caravan plate full, one of the best roadside meals ever. As ever the villages are unique and very clean the cycling and the facilities around the lake make it a very pleasurable trip.

Moved on to Munich, Bayern Munich FC car park to be exact for the night, sampled some hospitality in town, had a cracking night, caught the tram back and a good day was had all around.

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so Let’s roast a pig today and have a bier…
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Or go to the local church
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They had these May poles in most of the villages all with some sort of message attached, this one had all the forest trades etc
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All the buildings are individual and they take a great pride in them
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These passed us on a cycle ride being led along by tractor to the next field
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The campsite at the tennis courts, they make every effort for you to enjoy yourself
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Munich and the clock that chimes with a puppet show
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Now that’s one regal boar !
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“did he really say that”
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Bayern Munich FC
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You can stay in the car park with all the facilities including electricity for €15/night although we were only charged €10 ? The number of people comining just to see the stadium on a random day amazed me !
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A short ride on the tram gets you into Munich itself, so after a walk about we stumbled again on a Hofbrauhaus !
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Huge places…
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….I can only imagine the noise during the beer festival
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After a roast knuckle of pork with red cabbage we settled down to a bit of Bavarian foot stomping