A blessing here in Europe allows a person 90 days to roam seemingly borderless from one country to the next with not so much as a nod from within it’s 26 Schengen countries…. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area And life is good until day 90 when ya better have a plan cause they want you gone – hence the birth of what’s commonly called ‘”The 90 Day Buzzkill” – game over. With this in mind we’re cutting to the chase and heading south to Toulouse, France to spend the next 2 months exploring the Pyrenees, Portugal and Spain. While there we’ll do what we can to get a long stay visa, but all reports say it’s very difficult. So, goodbye Holland, goodbye friends and hello Southern France and Spain!!!! We’re psyched.
Which brings me to introduce our new best friend.
Yup, that’s right. It’s McDonalds.
A trip takes a lot of planning and that means a lot of internet time. It was easy in the Denmark libraries and cafes. It was nothing short of agonizing where we were in Germany as its hard to get on anywhere at all – drove Gary into buying his first SIM card. Then there was Holland, love Holland. Love Holland McDonalds. Free WiFi, no major sign-in hoops and sad to say, but before 11:00 AM a euro 95 buys you an egg McMuffin, a fruit smoothie, a cup a Joe and all the internet and charging plugs a person could want. Thanks Mickey D. We take back at least some of the smack we’ve talked about you for the last 40 years.
So, we leave Holland, but will miss Holland. Our friend, William, said that Holland is a very “feminine culture” – so true, the evidence is deeply felt. And with that said we share a few pictures that can’t even begin to thank Holland properly for all she is.
Gary has heard of Pederson bicycles http://www.pedersenbicycles.com this is the first one he’s actually seen. They are Danish and have a cult following. Honestly, it’s the strangest looking bike I’ve ever seen, by far. We also saw hundreds of these very cool front load cargo bikes http://bakfiets.nl/nl/
Camping just 4 miles north of The Hague on my birthday. One of the best camping sites so far!!
I’m not kidding…Gary loved these – I don’t even know what to call them. Seriously.
A quiet Sunday morning in The Hague.
In Delft, the village in which Vermeer lived and painted…
…….the most famous girl in the world.
Sadly, she was off fundraising in the USA. We did see other Vermeer paintings, however, so it wasn’t a complete wash.
Until France.. Cheers!
By the time we get to post this we’ll be in Toulouse, France working on putting a route together over the Pyrenees-hopefully dirt- into Spain. If any of you have route suggestions we’d love to hear them.
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