The next few days are going to be very, very, Dutch.
I’m joining a Utracks Tulip Tour, a four-day jaunt from Amsterdam, travelling along the canals on a little barge with a row of bikes up on the deck.
We stop off at Spaarndam, where the fictional Hans Brinker stuck his finger in the dyke, then cycle into Haarlem, my favourite small Dutch town. We’ll pedal through fields to visit the tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens, then on to see a windmill, a cheese farm, the Aalsmeer Flower Auction and Rembrandt’s birthplace in Leiden.
It sounds idyllic, except that the weather promises to be very, very Dutch too. Grey, windy and showery. The photo above is one I prepared earlier. I’ve packed the poncho in the pannier.
The barge has wi-fi. More soon…
The writer is travelling as a guest of Utracks.