Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hallo uit Nederland and Biking!

Happy Friday!
We are in our fourth day in the Netherlands.
Here is a map to help you get oriented.
The village we are staying in, the birth home of my hubby and current home of two sisters and their families, a brother and his family and hubby's father is North of Amsterdam in a village called Onderdijk. This village is not on any map I can find; just too small. However, you can get a general idea of where it is located by looking at this North Holland Province map. Look north of Amsterdam and follow the coast until you see a village called Medemblik. That is very close to where we are.

Did you know that Holland is a biker's paradise? Ready for a ride?
How about hopping on a nice sturdy Dutch bike??
Be sure to put your helmet on!
Let's start here on the bike path through Onderdijk.

We are leaving Onderdijk now.
See how the dijk goes up behind that house with the orange roof.
Onderdijk means under the dijk.
The village was built under the shadow of the
protection of the dijk from the Ijsselmeer (large lake and former sea)
We are now arriving in Medemblik.
These are some of the many canals that line the streets.
This old castle is very near the Harbor. Dates back over 750 years ago.
Now we enter the harbor area.
Some smaller boats...
Outside of Medemblik is this fine old windmill...
Now we will head back. Here are some of the wetlands that we
pass through as we loop
around Medemblik on the way back to Onderdijk.

The small Vliet (Lake) outside the village of Onderdijk.
My hubby's father used to grow his tulips on the land surrounding the Vliet.
We biked about 10 miles round trip. Just a short little ride.
Tomorrow will be a longer ride.

Have a great weekend everyone! TTFN, Michele
PS: Still tracking my food every day although more 1600 calorie days now than 1200...


  1. This is just SUPER amazing and I'm SUPER jealous. It's beautiful! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!!!!!

  2. Wow! Gorgeous! My hubby's parents are from Holland too! Biking there looks awesome! Enjoy. (Will have to check the map out to see where you are vs. where they come from.)

  3. Your pics look like postcards. Beautiul scenery!

  4. Very cool.

    I'm impressed you're keeping up with calories over there, too!

  5. Thank you for sharing your bike trip and your vacation. You are a fantastic photo journalist. What an amazing experience for your grandaughter. Those memories will last a lifetime. I have precious memories of going to Niagra Falls and visiting the New England states with my grandparents and great-uncle when I was 8 years old. You are doing great, keep it up!

  6. Wow! This is a dream come true! Love it!

  7. Oh you are so lucky. You travel to such great places. I am so glad you are having a great time and getting to do your favorite pass time, biking.
    Have a great vacation. Keep sharing and teaching, I love learned all these cool things.
    Take care my friend and God bless!!