Rain in the Hook

Hoek van Holland Strand Travel Blog

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A deserted beach

My flight to Amsterdam was extremely short (5 hours and 50 minutes), and we also did not land on the Polderbaan runway, which saved us many minutes of taxiing. I bypassed a long line at the immigration by walking to another terminal, my suitcase arrived quickly, and the customs left me in peace as well. Perfect!

I stayed with Willem and Lot. After arriving and lunch Willem suggested we should go out for a stroll on the beach. A daring plan since the sky was very cloudy. By the time we arrived at the beach of Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland) the rain already poured down. This had, however, several advantages. Parking was free, there were not many persons at the beach, and it was a great excuse to order some delicious Dutch fries. Despite the presence of "Pommes Frites" in New York real Dutch fries is this something I could not find anywhere in the USA.

Willem and Lot at the pier, facing the rain

The beach is located next to the Nieuwe Waterweg, the access canal to the Rotterdam Harbor. The Waterweg is protected by a 3.6-km (2.2-mile) long pier. See here for a nice 360-degree view! See also some aerial pictures taken during my recent June visit here. The first 850 meters (2788 ft) are paved and can be access, although signs warn for flood waves by passing ships.

We did not see the flood waves, but even without them we were soaked when we got back at the parking. But, it was a great way to fight against a jet lag!

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoeg

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A deserted beach
A deserted beach
Willem and Lot at the pier, facing…
Willem and Lot at the pier, facin…
A deserted beach
A deserted beach
A deserted beach, and an incoming …
A deserted beach, and an incoming…
Rain is not good for business
Rain is not good for business
Looking along the pier
Looking along the pier
The Nieuwe Waterweg with the indus…
The Nieuwe Waterweg with the indu…
Hoek van Holland Strand
photo by: mdalamers