The end of one adventure and ready for the next

It was great to be back in the Netherlands after our fantastic adventure round beautiful Brittany. Time now to store the van while we took a break from travelling.

Our camper van tucked up in the shed

We are very fortunate to be able to leave our van in a snug shed at the home of our daughter’s partner’s parents when we aren’t using it.

Our van has the company of some beautiful horses in the stables next door

We also feel very fortunate that both our adult children welcome us into their homes and are such generous hosts while we are there.

Catching up with the locals

Before tucking up the van we spent some downtime in Pijnacker and enjoying cycle rides, walks and meeting some of the locals.

Our hairy friend
Sat down for lunch and this little chap decided to join us
Oink oink!

One day our daughter showed us round central Rotterdam where we had a memorable lunch.

The entrance to Rotterdam’s China Town
So good to be together again
Good looking lunch!

The food tasted as good as it looked

We also had a lovely weekend away with our daughter and partner in Giethoorn, a beautiful village in the northeastern Dutch province of Overijssel.

The camper van with outside set up
Perfect village – no roads, just canals

The whole village is built on canals with picturesque centuries-old thatched-roof houses and no roads!

There were lots of cottages with thatched rooves
This couple were dressed in their wedding clothes and took photos of themselves at every angle

Unfortunately for the residents of this glorious village, the waterways are crammed with small for-hire boats at weekends and throughout the holiday season.

Such a pretty village but very busy
Loving our canal trip
So relaxing

We of course always love to be on the water and hired a boat for half a day. It was such a relaxing thing to do despite the rather crowded waterways.

As always we loved being in a boat

Stunning weeping willow

Our van safely tucked up, we flew back to Australia where we would have a prolonged visit while I had hip replacement surgery.

A seasonal outdoor display at our daughter and her partner’s place in the Netherlands

During our stay it was wonderful to have lots of catch ups with our friends and family, including our granddogs and grandbird, enjoy celebrations and recover from the surgery.

Our beautiful grand doggies
Our grand doggies wait patiently for their gifts
Our grandbird loves mango smoothie

It was especially great to catch up with sailing friends that we had met on the 2015 Sail to Indonesia Rally.

Lunch with the crew of You You
Good to catch up with sailing friends

After the all clear from the surgeon we were once again heading for Europe, ready for our 2019 adventure.

Aah a Brisbane sunset

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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