Alla inlägg den 29 juli 2016
So it's Friday morning and we're back in Germany. Holland became way to expensive 78 Euros for 2 nights at a campsite, and it's against the law to park just anywhere and sleep. I don't understand that really, truck drivers can park and sleep, why not the same in an RV ? It has been nothing but rain rain and more rain so the plan to stop and explore Haag and Haarlem got scratched. I voted for no more biking around in the rain, and Mom agreed.
By the way, Mom was confused as to call the country Holland or Netherland, she asked and got the answer either or is OK, but that wasn't good enough for Mom so she googled and got this information, shouldn't the Dutch people know ?
The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces but many people use “Holland” when talking about the Netherlands.Holland actually only means the two provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland.
Between 1588 and 1795, the area currently representing the Netherlands was the Republic of Seven United Netherlands. The republic was conquered by French troops in 1795 and became the Batavian Republic. Napoleon appointed his brother Louis as king in 1806, turning the country into a kingdom. The Netherlands remained a kingdom after Napoleon’s defeat. At that time, the area called “Holland” made the biggest contribution to the entire nation’s economy and wealth. As such it became the commonly used name to indicate the entire country.
We drove across the big dike, but since it was pouring I stayed inside Lucy and Mom was only out for a few minutes.
It is a major causeway in the Netherlands, constructed between 1927 and 1932 and running from Den Oever on Wieringen in North Holland province, to the village of Zurich in Friesland province, over a length of 32 kilometres (20 mi) and a width of 90 metres (300 ft), at an initial height of 7.25 metres (23.8 ft) above sea-level.The closure Dike is a major causeway in the Netherlands,
It is a fundamental part of , damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer.
Work started at four points: on both sides of the mainland and on two specially made construction-islands along the line of the future dike.
Previous experiences had demonstrated that boulder clay, rather than just sand or clay, was the best primary material for a structure like this, with the added benefit that till was in plentiful supply in the area; it could be retrieved in large quantities by simply dredging it from the bottom of the Zuiderzee.
From these points, the dike slowly grew by ships depositing till into the open sea in two parallel lines. Sand was then poured in between the two dikes and as it emerged above the surface was then covered by another layer of till. The nascent dike was then strengthened from land by basalt rocks and mats of willow switch at its base. The dike could then be finished off by raising it further with sand and finally clay for the surface of the dike, on which grass was planted.
Construction progressed better than expected; at three points along the line of the dike, there were deeper underwater trenches where the tidal current was much stronger than elsewhere. These had been considered to be major obstacles to completing the dike, but all of them proved to be relatively straightforward. On 28 May 1932, two years earlier than initially thought, the Zuiderzee ceased to be, as the last tidal trench, The Vlieter, was closed by a final bucket of till. The IJsselmeer was born, even though it was still salty at the time.
The dike itself, however, was not finished yet as it still needed to be brought up to its required height and a road linking Friesland and North Holland also remained to be built. On 25 September 1933, the Afsluitdijk was officially opened, with a monument designed by architect Dudok marking the spot where the dike had been closed. The amount of material used is estimated at 23 million m3 of sand and 13.5 million m3 of till and over the years an average of around four to five thousand workers were involved with the construction every day, relieving some of the unemployment following the Great Depression.
We drove for many hours and stopped to make supper and take a nap. The Dutch people seem to cover all their meat in some kind of breading, and since this looked like it would be spicy Mom bought it but it had no taste at all. Good thing Mom had lingonberries to up whatever flavor this had.
After the nap, Mom looked in her German book for a place to park and sleep and found one that looked interesting not too far away.
Anyway, in this book about rest stops for RVs they give you coordinates, not addresses, so Mom gives Alice the numbers and off we go.
Every time we pass a border, there's nothing but a small sign telling you and that feels so strange to Mom since in the past you had to stop and get a stamp in your passport.Now it's like going to different states in the USA except here the language changes too.
The name of this town reminded us of a politician .............;-)
This time, we came to the town pretty late, it was dark, and Alice told Mom to make a right turn and she did. It was a narrow cobblestone street right on a canal, and then it ended ? after a frightening 3way turn around, Mom noticed all the RVs parked on opposite side of the channel.
No problem she thought and went around and made a right turn on opposite side, and that street ended too.............damn Alice, but it's dark and Lucy will fit between those busches and nobody's around so what the hell .................but wait there's a bump but that's no problem said Mom as she downshifted and went for it.
Holy shit!!! that was a bar on the other side, people sitting on both side drinking. Good thing the chain wasn't there so ...............well people looked very surprised, but didn't miss a beat, they just kept on drinking ..............damn Alice
Luckily there was one spot left, and we quickly parked and then Mom started to laugh so hard and I never thought she'll stop. I on the other hand, was extremely embarrassed and told Mom not to do that again .........
In the morning we noticed the signs, but we didn't see them in the dark, this clearly shows one way street and no outlet.........hahaha
and lucky for us, the chain was put to the side.......
This morning there's a few glimpses of sun, and we went for a walk to see if this place is worth staying another night.
it's already clouding up, so will keep going north to find another RVparking, hopefully, Alice knows the correct numbers this time
Here in Germany you only pay between 7 to 12 Euro for a night, and if you need electricity another Euro. Sometimes they charge for water and showers too, but it's a lot cheaper than in Holland.