We should have stayed in Bruges for that extra night we’d paid for (by accident)… but hindsight is a wonderful thing. Our sense of adventure kicked in and we wanted to try a free parking experience using Park4Night app to offset the cost of this extra night we didn’t want. There were loads of stops listed up on the coast near the delta in The Netherlands where we wanted to explore next. The kids went to sleep as planned and we had a lovely drive into Holland… here comes the but… Anna woke up really upset with achy feet and upset about not seeing the horses, which in turn woke Aidan up who was cross at Anna making a load of noise. Oh dear! We had to pull over for a while and get snacks. A quick check of the app and we decided to stop somewhere nearer, right on the edge of Lake Veere in a region called Kamperland! It was about 11pm and deserted. we pulled up by some bushes in the carpark and thought we were sorted. But then we got nervous and googled about The Netherlands free camping rules. Turns out its illegal. So we moved to a nearby motorhome stopover 5 mins away, which had amazing automated check in with credit card…phew!
The next morning we enjoyed this fancy carpark with super shiny facilities and then drove back round to the lakeside where we’d been the night before. Beautiful! Cafe for a power up and the kids had a lovely few hours playing with stones at the lakeside. We then headed off to see the Delta works dam and drive across the bridges. This was the main reason we’d taken this route North and it was really impressive. We were able to stop and see one part of the dam close up and also stand right underneath one of the many huge wind turbines!
We got to our next campsite early evening up in Rennese just behind the sand dunes. We decided to stay 2 nights here to slow things a little and enjoy the location. Didn’t have a great feeling about this campsite but it was fine and the kids got to enjoy the beach, swimming pool and easy cycling into the buzzy seaside town. The bike lanes are fantastic, it is so lovely to see everyone meandering around on their bikes. Aidan is loving his bike and we felt confident enough for him to go on the road into town! Matt and I sat and made a good plan of what to do next. We definitely want to enjoy more of The Netherlands. Guide books and maps out (my favourite thing to do!).
Early start on Thursday up to Delft via Rotterdam for a quick hello. We hoped to have an easy stop in this city for a few hours but turns out this was a foolish idea in a motorhome! Need to get used to having this vehicle and its limitations. Matt did brilliantly and we ended up stopping on a small island just south of the city centre. Had lunch in the van and explored the immediate area. Boats, bridges and a playground. The kids were pretty happy! We didn’t’ attempt anything else and made the quick drive to Delft. We stopped at a great campsite just outside this beautiful Dutch town, and then enjoyed the rest of the afternoon in the playground and the kids on their bikes going up and down our section of campsite. Anna is desperate to ride the pedal bike so Matt took off the pedals and she can now use it as a balance bike. She is so determined!
After an early dinner we set off on our bikes the 10 minute cycle into the city centre to have a wander and find ice cream. Brilliant! What a lovely place, Canals, cobbled streets, bikes everywhere. This is how we need to be doing it… easy does it! The kids in bed at a reasonable hour and I’m sitting in the van typing this during a dramatic thunderstorm :0) … we may stay here longer…