Month: March 2017

Gouda

So as mentioned in the previous post we had to take the long way around via Rotterdam to reach Gouda and on the way passed some interesting sites!  A boat named Abel Tasman (memories from home and the old Bass Straight Boat), another boat…

Dordrecht

What a picturesque old city, just beautiful, Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland and has a rich history and culture as well as many, many, many old monuments to visit in the city – we certainly ticked off quite a few of them. We…

Willemstad

Willemstad is a small historical town with well preserved  and moat in the shape of a star (see google image below). Another oldie being given city rights in 1585, and still very small but perfectly in character retaining its charm and beauty.  Again, pre…

Mosselbank (Grevelingenmeer)

Nice to be back into easy transits (being inland and protected, no doubt will rack up a lot of engine hours & miles through the canals) however the meres (or lakes as we would call them) are offering some good sailing. Today after a…

Middelburg

After our detour from Vlissingen to the Oosterschedule we have made it back to Middleburg…via an opening bridge and two locks.  We enjoyed 5 days here whilst we waited for some strong winds to pass over.  Also our first taste of Dutch markets (many…

Zierikzee

A 2 kilometre canal off the Oosterschelde lead us to Zierikzee.  It was given city rights back in 1248 – yep it’s old and stunning.  The original town centre being around 3km squared and is still surrounded by a moat and the buildings inside…

Oosterschelde

We re-entered at the sluice (lock) into the Oosterschedule. (See last blog entry about our big detour due to bridge closures). This is a massive man made structure built as a result of the 1953 North Sea Flood.  As we will come to understand,…

Vlissingen

And 26 hours after leaving the the shores of England (Ipswich) we arrived in Vlissingen – The Netherlands (formally Holland).  The sail went well without issues, which is always nice.  We left the marina at 13:00 and had a very leisurely motor down the…

Ipswich

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  London was decorated very elaborately much more so than we see in Australia but I guess the winter weather suits it better over this side of the globe. The marina at Ipswich is running a best…