Painting Today!

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The hard yakka has been completed and today the painting of the pilot house commences.   Quick snap shots taken during the last few days. Clean out and removal of fans etc. Things always look worse before they improve… Bogging completed Ducting that covers the wires installed. Bob’s famous bean salad ready for dressing. Last muesli for the season…. Mooring lines readied for winter … Read More

Last Trip of the 2017 Season

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Having arrived in Vlissingen, another action packed year in Europe is almost at its end as we commence readying Gratis for her second winter on the European mainland. Don’t despair, however, as we continue uploading the missing links in the European 2017 journey. It’s interesting how initial ideas and plans change as the years pass us by. Initially, Bob and I had … Read More

Sail On a Traditional Dutch Barge, Veere: Walcheren, Zeeland, Netherlands

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During the summer months, Museum Veere offers the visitor the rare opportunity of experiencing a few hours on board a replica of one the smaller traditional Dutch barges. Once used for the harvesting of mussels, today these vessels play a vital role in the tourism trade. This morning, Bob and I did just that! Having biked it back to Veere, … Read More

Nieuw – Beijerland to Oude Tonge, Goeree – Overflakkee: South Holland, Netherlands

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With practically a click of the fingers, the clouds were blown away and out came the sun. We two Aussies don’t deal too well with days of grey! On went Betsy – Bob renamed her – and off down the Spui went we. Other than for a working barge, the river was ours. Some time later, Gratis nose onto the … Read More

Rotterdam to Nieuw – Beijerland: South Holland, Netherlands

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Having exited the Parksluis, into the Nieuw Maas went Gratis. Heading west, our aim was to reach Hellevoetsluis by mid – afternoon. Upon the Nieuw Maas, it is imperative that the VHF radio be monitored at all times, since the shipping on there is in proportions that defy belief. With the wash created by them, and with wind waves added … Read More

Maritime Museum, Rotterdam: South Holland, Netherlands

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We enjoyed today’s visit to the Maritime Museum. A section focussed on the development of the cruise liner over time and the visitor had the opportunity to partake in a number of the activities once played. Once only affordable for the rich, the first of the ship leisure travellers commenced boarding ships that were still used daily by businessmen and … Read More

Lisse to Leiden: South Holland, Netherlands

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Yesterday, the intention had been to moor in Katwijk, however a late start had us spending the night in Lisse. This morning, a morning trip should have put us there, however two bridges determined otherwise. All was going well as the landscape was being admired. Then bridge one, in the shape of a small wooden structure, struck!!!!! What I had missed when … Read More

Haarlem to Lisse: South Holland, Netherlands

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After months of searching Bob at last found them!!! Two good second hand e bikes with a reasonable price tag at ‘De Groene Tweewieler’, a bike shop that deals specifically with e – bikes in Haarlem (new and second hand). The friendly salesmen couldn’t have been more helpful and we highly recommend them if you are looking. www.degroenetweewieler.nl Papentorenvest 24, … Read More

Zandvoort: South Holland, Netherlands

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A bike ride and train trip took us to Zandvoort this morning. The aim had been to explore the region south of yesterday’s exploration. Known as Kraansvlak, this is where the visitor has an opportunity to sight the endangered creature called the Wisent. A species of bison that colonised Europe, its Asian forefather wandered the earth some two to three … Read More

Zuid Kennemerland National Park: Haarlem, Netherlands

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There are natural hills in the Netherlands, believe it or not! Not large ones of course, being only hillocks, but enough to make one’s legs a little wobbly if not enough bike riding has been undertaken, and just 8km out from Haarlem in Zuid Kennemerland National Park! Having arrived, whilst wending our way along the bike paths, www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mc7U0kw4Es&feature=youtu.be Bob and I … Read More