HOLLAND: AMSTERDAM

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Our Inflatable Home
Our last stop in Holland was in Haarlem near Amsterdam. We chose this site (Camping de Lakens) as we could get a bus from outside the campsite and then a 15 minute train in to the centre of Amsterdam. And honestly...I would only recommend this campsite if your main priority is staying close to Amsterdam, don't be fooled by the lure of the sand dunes!
I only took pics of the tent at the site on my phone as I didn't want to get sand in my camera but you get the idea. The site is the biggest we have stayed on this trip, actually its the biggest site I have ever seen I think. It took us about 15 minutes to walk from the reception up to our pitch and the receptionist told me the previous day (a Saturday) the site was full at 4pm. It is next to the sea (hi England!) and Holland are officially on their summer holidays now...joy! When we arrived there were only a few pitches left she said, tapped away at the computer and then quoted us €47 a night PLUS tourist tax. Ermmm...not quite in our budget I'm afraid, so I asked if there was anything cheaper she said if we had a small tent we could go on the sand in a little section right at the top of the site for only €32 a night...only! 
Our Inflatable Home
Luckily we have brought a back up tent on our trip, as we weren't sure how the big one would hold out being put up and down so much. Its a small 3 man Vango Banshee which can only fit us and a bottle water in but its perfect for situations like this. As we were camped on the sand - a first for us, we didn't cook but decided to stock up on nibbles and ate at the restaurant one night as sand just gets everywhere!
Our Inflatable Home
We went to Amsterdam which was beautiful and lovely and I'd definitely like to go back to explore more another time. We went to the tulip museum and had a very tasty veggie hot dog
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
And generally just mooched around enjoying/melting in the 30 degree heat!
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
Our Inflatable Home, Amsterdam
So that was our last stop in Holland before we headed to Belgium where we are now. We visited wetlands, the woods and the seaside in Holland so we definitely got a good taste for it and it is such a beautiful country. Its just such a shame the ferry from Holland to Hull/Newcastle costs over £350, nobody can justify those costs when the eurotunnel is about £80! Oh, one thing that did seem odd in Holland is that mopeds and small motorbikes can use the cycle lane, travel about 35mph and don't legally need to where a helmet!! Crazy!

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