Holland (or the Netherlands!) is one of my favourite countries, so imagine my excitement when I was offered the chance to visit it once again to experience and help film, a Carefree Escorted Tour!
Over the course of three days, we managed to cram in lots of exciting experiences – but rather than a versed recollection, here is my top 10 list of all things Dutch:
- Tulips: Our filming quest took us on a trip to Keukenhof; a 32 hectare park, showcasing an open air flower exhibition. I’ve never seen so many beautiful and unusual flowers, particularly the various blooms of tulips – if you’re travelling on our Carefree Tour, this is certainly something not to be missed!
- Cheese: Who doesn’t like cheese!? There are some particularly nice Dutch varieties… and from personal experience, they go very well with crackers and a nice glass of wine. The De Simonehoeve cheese farm is well worth a visit!
- Pottery: Did you know it takes 10 years to be a Master Painter at Royal Delft Pottery!? Visiting their factory was an incredible experience – there’s even a chance to buy some of their beautiful work in the gift shop after the tour!
- Stroopwafles: You can’t go to Holland and not try a stoop waffle; they’re delicious treats made of up two layers of baked batter with a tasty caramel like filling. Try popping one on the top of a mug of warm tea and enjoying dipping in the gooey waffle once it’s melted – a great treat after a day of site seeing.
- Bicycles: You will never have seen so many people on bikes! Holland is set up for cyclists with bike paths and specially designed roads – in fact, cyclists actually have the right of way on many roads, so if you fancy a pedal, then this is the country to do it!
- Windmills: No trip to Holland would be complete without seeing a windmill! The machines that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy are an iconic sight and you’re certainly see plenty in Zaanse Schans
- Clogs: Something to buy for the family – these are Dutch treasures and couldn’t be missed off the list. Again, you'll have a great chance to see a variety of clogs at De Simonehoeve
- The people: Whether it be the campsite owners, the coach driver or tour guides; the Dutch people are lovely and couldn’t be more helpful.
- Afternoon coffee and cakes: Take a stroll into many a market square and you’ll find unique cafes and restaurants which all offer tasty cakes and drinks for you to enjoy - perfect after a morning of sight-seeing.
- Campsites: Last but not least! The site at Camping Noordduinen is lovely – it has fabulous facilities (with under floor heating!) and excellent pitches!
A big thank you to Tour Escorts, Peter and Beryl for all their help during our trip!
If you’d like to find out more about our 11-day Escorted Tour of Holland – click here.
And remember, although this is a Motor Caravan Section Tour you can take part in any camping unit, it’s open to everyone!
Kimberley Keay is the Communications and PR Executive at the Club and brings a bit of glamour to the team. She loves mud, outdoor pursuits, cycling and high heeled shoes. Most likely to be found in one of the Club’s glamping units.