We have actually been back in the UK now for 9 days, and boy have those days just flown past! We’ve stayed with friends in Manningtree, caught up with our children in Ipswich, and visited parents in Norwich and already bumped into a few friends whilst shopping in Ipswich. I’ve also had a lovely relaxing Spa day with Anna (my soon to be daughter in law), her mum and friends. We both have seen doctors, nurses, dentists for our regular health service and MOT.
But back to the last two days of our European tour, spent in Oirschot, in the Brabant area of South Holland. To be honest, it was just a place to stop on our way to the Hoek van Holland and our ferry home but it was a lovely place with excellent cycling as you would expect, and with no hills!
Checking up on trusty Wikipedia I was surprised to learn that the Netherlands only has around 50% of its land more than 1 (yes, one) metre above sea level, and nearly 17% below sea level. The population of the Netherlands is around 17.3 million making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
With rising sea levels as the climate gets hotter, it won’t take much to displace millions of people. Scary thought isn’t it?
But for the moment we can enjoy what the Netherlands has to offer, and for all the above, it seems like a pretty place.
The weather turned as we left to travelled north toward the Hoek, the sky darkening with flashes of lightening and rolling thunder. Great we thought, what a lovely sea crossing we’re going to have.
We were however, fortunate as the storms were south of the coast and the crossing was calm and uneventful. Here’s a picture of the retreating coastline… we think these are fancy two storey mobile(ish) beach huts – a major step up from Southwold’s.
We arrived in Harwich at around 8:30pm UK time to a dull, cool evening. It looks so grey doesn’t it?
Since we’ve returned, we have captured some wildlife antics….
Well that’s it folks! What a great time we have had. We’re now planning more tours, we’ll keep you informed. In the meantime, Eric has said he’ll whip up some statistics from the trip and we’ll share with you our highlights and lowlights once we get round to pulling it all together. Thanks to you all for keeping up with our antics and for your lovely messages whilst we’ve been away.