In the Netherlands, car parks are not cheap and also not plentiful, also most places you want to go to are not too far away. Also petrol is expensive and since the land is also seriously flat (and I mean FLAT) it then makes good sense to use bicycles to get from place to place. The road network also caters heavily for bicycles with many dedicated lanes and the road rules which state “if a car hits a bicyclist, the car is automatically at fault no matter what”. There are also a lot of bike racks in most populated places. So it’s just generally the way to go. I would estimate about 60% of the town gets around via bike.
I also didn’t want to drive anywhere as the road networks in Europe all drive on the “other” side of the road. It currently spins me out a little bit whenever we drive (me as a passenger) through big turns and go on roundabouts. So bikes are the way to go!
Luckily at Fem’s parents place they have two spare bikes so both Fem and I are able to use them when we can.
On the 6th of November after a few days of jetlag recovery, we decided to look around. To the south of Waalwijk is a national park called Loonse en Drunense Duinen. This park contains massive (flat) sand dunes that you can walk around or through. It struck me as odd to see sand dunes this far inland, but apparently a long time ago this was close to where the shoreline was.
Naturally we used our bikes to get there. After a 30 minutes gentle pedal we were there.
We walked around the dunes for a while. The day was very overcast. Fem said that it would better on a sunny day as the colours of the trees would be more visible. I got some more use of my new 50D and loved using the camera more and more.
Afterwards we tried to get some lunch at a nearby bistro, but they didn’t accept credit cards so we had to go back home with empty stomachs. It seems in the Netherlands that credit cards are not as popular.
This is me cycling back to Waalwijk from close to the National Park.
Fem took me on a scenic route back to town and we passed down this street which I thought was definitely picture worthy. 🙂
We spent the rest of the week just relaxing and catching up with some of Fem friends.