Denmark, Germany, Holland!!
First day in Denmark we went to the northern most tip of mainland Europe to a place called Grenen where the north and Baltic seas collide. It was very weird they crashed into each other at the end of a long spit. Then Liam and Dad went to an army vehicles museum I was sick. Drove through Jutland found camp at Horsens. Stayed there for 2 nights. Then drove to Germany. Saw big dairy farms and maize crops 2m tall in Holstein in Germany. Found nice camp by huge eventing stables with many nice horses. Next day drove past Oldenburg into Friesland in Holland or The Netherlands. Many animals outside with fancy houses and sheep!!! Many thatched barns very cool and horses everywhere many beautiful Friesian horses!! Saw some old windmills working which is what Holland is famous for. Drove to north of country then to Amsterdam. Found camp very crowded. Went into town after dinner walked past the palace, churches ect. Very dirty but lively with lots of foreigners. Walked through red light district, lots of prostitutes and some cross-dressing men. Next day went into town again went to science museum then left and drove to Richard and Mayja’s who were some Dutch people we met in Italy. Great walked round their town then cooked bbq for dinner and met their son Tim who let us sit on his 600hp racing bike. It was intense and it’s his first bike ever! Next day they took us toKinderdijyk-a world heritage site-with 19 windmills built in 1738-1740. We got to have a look in one, it was very interesting. After lunch went to Maduradam which is a place where Dutch sites were exhibited in mini scale 1/25th. Spent 2 hours there it was really cool! Then went to I Indonesian restaurant for dinner, Tim joined us there then raced us home on the bike. Next day said goodbye to them then drove to sea and saw storm-surge barriers. Mum, Dad and Liam had a swim on a man-made beach on a man-made island. Drove through Belgium past Brussels into a French town called Le Quesnoy. This town was liberated by NZers in 1918. They have streets like Rue Helen-Clark, All Blacks and other things like that. Ate in restaurant. Next day visited NZ memorial then drove to Arras went to Wellington Quarry which was tunnelled by NZ men to hold the French and British armies. Learnt lots about battle of Arras. Had lunch at Vimy Ridge and the Canadian monument. Then went to Belgium to Ypres visited Flanders Field museum which gave a graphic display of life in the trenches of WW1. Bought Belgium chocolates! Then went to Tyne Cot Cemetery and saw the casualties. Big day of WW1. Drove to Dunkirk for the night! Ferry next day back to England!