6.24.09 Delft and Ferry to England
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Weâ€™re on the ferry! Terrific day enjoying more of
Bing! Bing! Bing!
Need I say more? We loved, loved, loved this village. It's pronounced "Del left" by the locals. Parking for â€śTouring Carsâ€ť and buses was clearly marked just as we entered the village from the north. There were no buses at 11am, but we had the company of about 6 buses by the time we left at 2:30pm. Why this lovely village is not completely overrun with tourists is a mystery, but weâ€™re not complaining. Delightful!
We bought some Dutch cheeses and hams, the man helping us kindly advising and slicing it up for us. With some fresh baguettes, we were all set.
I met a woman from
If you are driving
One reason traveling here is so hard is that they do not use any cardinal directions like North or East. Therefore, the signs have multiple cities along the route on them and it is information overload with signs all saying A15 and then long lists of place names on them, none of which youâ€™ve ever heard of before! One time we saw two signs together with â€ś
It was just 10 miles straight, but 30 miles by road to Europort, where our P&O Ferries (British) leaves from in Rotterdam to go to Kingston-Upon-Hull in northern England. We arrived about 3:10 pm (heavy traffic) and were thrilled that the checkin (drive through) was opened at 3pm. Then we waited in a parked line for the 5pm drive-through Immigration, where we got our Passports stamped.
While we waited, we talked with John who works for P&O and enjoyed discussing
On ferries, they always use the money of the boat line nationality. This P&O Ferries is British, so we removed our Euros from my wallet and restocked with the Pounds that weâ€™d stashed.
Hereâ€™s our opinion of people from The Netherlands: Wonderful! They are all multi-lingual (this is a running joke and they are very proud of it, and we are terribly impressed) and most know about 5 languages minimum.
There were far fewer people smoking in The Netherlands than we have seen in all the rest of the Continent.
Iâ€™m not sure why they donâ€™t smoke as much, but it could be their love of biking with the large, thin tires, baskets or carseats on the front and back for children, floral denier bags over the fenders, and wonderful bike lanes and thousands of bike parking racks.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to
We were third onto the ferry. After driving on and parking, we completed the Immigration Cards that Passport Control provided and she thinks weâ€™ll provide that in
The kids ran off to the kid area, although they may be the only ones on board- I donâ€™t think the ship is very busy.
For 7P I got 3 hours of internet and have plugged into the wall socket nearby, typing this blog before my one-time log-in. You cannot log out, then back in with this card. We bought the card from the Reception desk, where for 2P each we ordered coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the stateroom in the morning. We bought some organic granola bars in
Our boat is to leave a 9pm tonight and arrive at 8am tomorrow in
It feels very strange and bittersweet to be leaving the Continent.
Seeing the Continent in 2 months is just a taste of it. I know why people keep returning to explore. It sounds like so much time, but plotted out, it is not long at all. I dream of coming back with Ned.