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Friday, 24 September 2010

In Holland



I'm in the Netherlands!

We've had a fantastic day today exploring Utrecht - details and photos to follow when we get home. Meanwhile, a quick note on the journey, because it was fabulous.

I've always said that the Eurostar is more civilized than flying (less time checking in, less security malarkey, etc). But the Eurostar to the Netherlands was rather expensive, so I found another train-based route. Yesterday we took the train to London, thence to Harwich... and then an overnight ferry. This morning, more trains, as the ticket includes travel to any Dutch station.

You know how much I love boats so it's a bonus that we can do this, with the benefit of overnight journies in both directions, and still end up spending half of what the Eurostar would have cost us. The ship itself was lovely - we spent most of our time asleep in really comfy beds, but there were also several cafes and restaurant areas, as well as a free internet cafe. And the check-in procedure was even simpler and quicker than the Eurostar: simply turn up, show passports and tickets, and then meander along the gangway.

I hope to be back with some exciting stories shortly...

18 comments:

Velva said...

The Netherlands is a beautiful country.

Enjoy!

lakeviewer said...

Looking forward! I have never been there.

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't wait to hear more!

ScoMan said...

The Netherlands! Lucky you.

cornflakegirl74 said...

I was in Utrecht many years ago and it was beautiful (always did enjoy Holland). Hope you're having a wonderful time and safe travels :)

yogurt said...

Spending the night on a ferry sounds so romantic. Cant' wait to see your pics.

Rachel said...

I like visiting the Netherlands too, although one feels rather ashamed not to speak any Dutch when so many of the Dutch speak English quite well!

Elisabeth said...

Holland is in my blood. My parents were born there,my ancestors are buried there.

Lucky you to brush along these streets. Lucky you to travel across their waters. I look forward to seeing the photos.

LindyLouMac said...

Have fun :)

Kazzy said...

Sounds wonderful!

Jen said...

Wow, can't wait to hear more about your awesome trip! Enjoy!

Mama Hen said...

Oh Rachel, I have not been there yet! Have a great time! That is so super that you travel and explore like you do! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Zabrinah said...

Awesome! It sounds like you're having an AMAZING time. I need to visit there. But for now, I'll live vicariously through you!

:)

~Zabrinah

Melissa B. said...

What a lovely country. Have fun!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I hope you have a great time, Holland is a beautiful place and the Dutch are really lovely people. Have a great time. Love from London xo

Emmie said...

Have fun Rachel! x

elianefilho said...

Thank you for visiting my blog :)
I wish I liked Boats, my husband is so into it but I'm scared LOL
Hope you have a Blessed day :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This sounds amazing. The boat sounds like it was the way to go.

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