Tulips from (near) Amsterdam

Our time in Italy had sadly drawn to an end so we headed from the beautiful Italian Riviera towards Milan where we spent the night and then drove on through Switzerland, France and Belgium to Pijnacker in the Netherlands.

It was misty and rainy the day we left the Italian Riviera

As the weather had turned grey and rainy we didn’t feel too bad about moving on.

Misty mountains ahead

After a night near Milan we headed for the Swiss border and soon we were crossing the glorious Alps once again.

There was still plenty of snow in the Alps
A lone monastery on top of a hill
Didn’t expect to see this cable car cross the road before it went up the mountainside
There was a lot to see on the drive including this beautiful chateau
And very cute Swiss chalets
Lots of ice and snow

Another chateau

We stayed the next night in Lausanne on Lake Geneva and then headed for France.

By chance, we stopped for the third night in the gorgeous city of Metz which was a real find.

Metz – where the Moselle and Seille rivers meet
Metz was very beautiful
With an amazing Cathedral

The City lies at the confluence of two rivers – the Moselle and the Seille – and is located near to where the borders of France, Germany and Luxembourg converge.

We spent the night in this beautiful park

There was a white water kayaking course nearby

There wasn’t much time to explore this fascinating city but we vowed to return to see more of it one day in the future.

We enjoyed watching the kayakers

There was also an indoor market in Metz that sold everything from flowers to…
….to seafood
Another view of the Cathedral

It was great to be back in The Netherlands with our daughter and partner – just in time for tulip season.

Beautiful Pijnacker
Cycling to Delft
So many flowers
….and blossom

Lovely primroses

Clogs being made by hand in Delft market square

During our first weekend we cycled the short distance to historic and very picturesque Delft where a huge paddock next to the station had been planted with tulip bulbs and which were in full bloom.

Beautiful tulips in Delft – ready for picking!

A lovely bunch of flowers for one Euro

Citizens and visitors alike were invited to pick bunches of tulips for the princely sum of one Euro. (Aus$1.65 or roughly one pound sterling). It was a fun occasion with local people in national dress and music playing from a traditional barrel organ.

Our stunning tulips

There were so many colours and varieties of tulips and we carried home armfuls of blooms in a virtual kaleidoscope of colours and hues and of many different shapes and sizes.

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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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