Monday, October 23, 2006

Itinerary After the fact - Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg

We did these three countries in one trip:

1. Amsterdam,
2.West to stretch and see the sea: Zandvoort
3.South to tiptoe: Lisse - and the tulips
4. South meander: The Hague - Leiden - Delft -
5. World War II - Rotterdam
6. West to particular nest of windmills - Kinderdyke
7. West to Bridge Too Far area, World War II - Nymegen (this bridge they got; it was Arnhem that was too far) and Grosbeek (also Canadian army memorial)
8. South toward Mastricht, too much traffic (Bush there) so lovely time at alternate small scenic Valkeburg
9. World War II - Bastogne

9. Ettenbruck -
10. The General Patton memorial at Diekirche
11. Castles at Vianden, - Larochette
12. Luxembourg City -- the tunnels

13. Napoleon at Waterloo
14. Brussels - do feast on the street vendor snails
15. Ghent - Kortrijk -
16. World War I at Ypres - my uncle (Canadian) fought there; a distant cousin with the Scots is buried in nearby Arras, France; look it all up at the documentation office at Ypres and go find them. Nobody forgotten until forgotten.
17. Antwerp -stay on the 1950's retired and moored cruise liner near the old city docks

18. West to Middelburg - see the model of the bomb that decimated this rural town WWII
19. Domburg and rural peninsula areas, over the dikes
20 Gouda - park and walk, even if hefty walk. Canal parking is risky.
21. Alkmaar -- must see the cheeses. Stay in center Alkmar-
22. North and west and drive across the huge dike holding back the North Sea, the Afsluitdijk -
23. Medieval Urk, once an island, now in the middle of reclaimed polder
24. South again to get more of Bridge Too Far area - Het Loo - Arnhem (there the big bridge is, the one that was too far) - Amersfoort -
25. North to Haarlem -
26. Amsterdam - Hoofddorp was best place to sleep before flight out next day from Amsterdam's airport

Friday, June 30, 2006

Rules of the road, driving laws, accident procedures, contacts

 Driving, hmmmmm?  In a new country, no knowledge of anything? Should do your homework first.  Still, if you get stuck, at your first hotel, go to the business center and log on and find out the laws.

This site lays out what to do. See Netherlands driving laws at

You will also find traffic-calming carried to an expert extreme.

Speed limited by the design of the road.

In the Netherlands, they are wise.  They do not just post the speed limits.  They do not try to coax, cajole, threaten.  They incentivize.  If you speed and hit something, your bad.

They make the road impossible (almost) to drive at a higher speed. There are large, wide humps for pedestrians, of a cobble often that further slows you down, peninsulas of trees jutting out, room for only two cars to park, then another peninsula, for example, roundabouts, and often the road narrows from a dual passageway to one lane before entering somewhere so you absolutely have to slow down and see who else is coming; or from a two-lane each way to one-lane each way.

Dikes and canals. Few guard rails. You just might slide right in.

Trees. These, along the canals, may have a metal pipe ring around the tree on the canal side, 3 feet up or so, enough to catch the top of the hood or fender of your car if you are not careful - not down at the bumper level.

Do not try to park too close to an old town market area.

There are meters with short periods for non-residents and few places. You may find yourself boxed in with a moving van in front and cars behind, the canal to one side and the houses on the other and there you sit. Take the city lot and walk a little.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Links, posts, archives

All references to third-party websites are in word form, not the handier blue-links. Copyright concerns us. See and other sources.  What is the solution to the need to compensate originators for their work, while fostering the spread of memes, ideas. Perhaps - horrors - add the government. A pool for creativity.  Somebody uses your stuff, the government pays a fixed per click or block quote or link.  Better than asking users of internet to pay as they go. 

The posts here reflect later attempts to organize the material.  How else on Blogspot to get what you want up there first.
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