for a short or long duration ride around the countryside or cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Alkmaar, The Hague, Delft, Dordrecht and Haarlem.
WINDMILLS: NOT JUST PRETTY
Long coastal dunes prevent the lowland from sinking into the sea. There is a polder (tract of lowland reclaimed from the sea) landscape lying below sea level behind the dunes. The lowest point is a polder near Rotterdam, about seven meters below sea level. Continuous drainage is necessary to keep Holland from flooding, and windmills were used to accomplish this. Now they are icons of this land!
As would be the case for a country which has roots in farming and fishing, Holland’s cuisine is simple. But cheese is the mainstay here. And what surprised me was that the Dutch like to eat cheese on a biscuit with their cup of tea or coffee. Fish is part of street food, and is a dish to savour and an experience to remember.
Edam is a small Dutch semi hard cheese
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CLOGS: TOUGH AND DAINTY
Holland’s famous clogs are made of wood and have been employed traditionally as protective footwear in agriculture, factories and mines. They are also used in tap dancing.
Try your size, choose your colour
And then, of course, there are Vincent Van Gogh artworks to see, ride in the tram, enjoy the architecture and the ambience, drink lots of beer and have fun!
Bulb Fields (1883), Vincent Van Gogh's first garden painting