14 08 2012

In Amsterdam after using our 1:200000 map and following some sound advice from Dick and Els, whom we stayed with in Den Haag and cycled the world for 10 years, we decided to pay a visit to a Map Shop and boy are we glad we did. There is a series of long distance bike route maps produced by BikeLine and they make navigation much easier.

Amsterdam was great. We arrived late and and decided to take the metro into the centre for a beer anyway. We sample a few of Hollands finest and also a few of Belgiums too. Palm was the winner of this competition.

After a buses not turning up and a taxi driver trying to rob us we rolled into the tents at 4am. The next day we went to visit this chap Rembrandt we’d heard so much about. He wasn’t in but we had a good look at some of his paintings.

We saw some ‘aMaZing’ break dancing in Leidseplein Square and in the evening we watched an open air movie in another square. It was a British film called The Weekend although we missed the ending not wanting to repeat our first nights travel antics.

We had heard of the ‘R1’ bike route which ran from Antwerp to Berlin. The bike book was old and there was only one copy left in all of Holland. It was in Antwerp. Could we get the book and get Jake to Berlin in time for his flight home in 11 days?




5 responses

14 08 2012
aunty bev

good to catch up on your news, sounds like you are taking in a bit of culture!
We had a great time in Edinburgh at the Fringe.
Keep in touch and lots of love . Missing you
Aunty bev , Paul, Ruth and Dan xx

14 08 2012
Mary James

sounds like you really enjoyed Amsterdam then….! One time when we stayed there we stayed in Leidesplein Square (is that where all the museums are?) Good luck with the next leg of your journey – and what a good job that yiou managed to get that map – guess it was just waiting there for you….xxxx (love from Mum)


14 08 2012

Hi guys, sounds like you are making good progress, I hope you are feeling better now Rose 🙂
We met loads of Dutch cycle tourists with those Bikeline maps, they look bloody good and save a bit of swearing vs a 1:200000 map!
We got back to London today with the bikes (in one piece) and start the journey down under in a few days. Good luck with the next leg and I’ll be following your progress intently.

Safe travels,


15 08 2012

Back to London already? That flew by. How was the final few weeks to Athens?

Good luck with yours too, we will be following you

14 08 2012

Sounds like you’re both having an amazing time. 🙂 Love and hugs. Xxx

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