It took a little circuitous travel to get out of Gouda, since there is a lot of industry surrounding it and several highways. Very high winds forced us to draft a bit, but with the trailer, I am unable to contribute. Delft was a beautiful town, and large. We ate lunch at a bakery chain. Everything is an experience. I could look and point, but the menu was unreachable. There were not enough cognates and I don't know Dutch. Sara tried to help us, but there were three of us who didn't know Dutch and only one of her. She really is extremely sweet and things would be much more difficult without her. Delft reminds me of Cork, Ireland.
We didn't visit the Delft factory, but the reputation and references to the style were obvious. (At the end of the trip in Amsterdam, the Rijkuseum had a small exhibit on the origins of Delftware).
Entering De Haag, Sara led us pretty confidently, because she has friends here.
|Entry to Parliamentary Bldgs|
We walked through the parliamentary buildings, where she pointed out that the members of parliament regularly ride their bikes to work, just like everyone else.
A little further on, we were greeted by the ocean after a rise. Wonderful humorous bronze sculptures welcomed you, including a cartoon "Little Dutch Boy" trying to plug a leak, which was basically a fountain.
The bike path along the ocean was parklike, traveling through old dunes. We came across this sign. I burst out laughing. The "LET OP!" part I knew was "look out" or something akin to that, but the rest totally baffled me. Later I asked Sarah about it and she told me it was something like "wet cattleguard". There were several long running references to glad wildroosters hereafter.
Then came the rain, cold and wind. The wind was welcome, because of our mostly northern travels.
Not much further on up the coast, along a dune path, we came to our campground. The sign here said "Camera Bewaking". We finally had a chance to try the Dutch version of French fries, which are served with a type of mayonnaise. Not bad. The showers and laundry I found confusing, but if I had just thought them out a little before hand I probably would have figured them out. For the showers, you had to insert the money before you entered the shower room...