Dutch Bulbfields & Keukenhof Gardens – Ronnie
We went off from Thurrock to Dover straight through, with no problems to check in for 12.05pm sailing. It was a good crossing and we arrived in good time at Calais. It was a nice day however we encountered traffic between Ostende and Gent but after that we had a good run and arrived at the Hotel for 7.15pm.
The weather was great today; I took the clients to Kaag Lake which they all liked. Then I took the clients not doing the Lake trip to Keukenhof, again all enjoyed. On the return journey, I took the group through some of the back roads and we were lucky enough to see quite a few Tulip fields with an array of colours on show, delightful!
To begin the day we went to Delfi Pottery, which all of the group enjoyed and then onto the Old Town for a couple of hours. After that we went to Hague, where I managed to get a parking space, luckily, a real trouble for us coach drivers! Then the group walked to Binnenhof (Dutch Parliament) where they were lucky enough to see a Military enactment with guns firing and casualties, thankfully they weren’t real! Next, onto Madurodam, where twenty-one of the group enjoyed the Model Village and the rest went into the Park to enjoy a coffee or beer at the Tennis Club.
Today we left the Hotel at 8.30am for Volendam, on the way we stopped at Clara Maria Cheese & Clog Farm, which gave the clients a great opportunity to purchase cheese, which most did! We had an early lunch, as this afternoon we were off into Amsterdam to meet Carol, our guide. It was an excellent tour and afterward a lot of guests took a Canal Boat trip, there was a little free time and then we all returned to Hotel. A good day was had by all.
On the final day, we had a smooth journey back to Calais and through to Thurrock.