Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Coming Home

Coming Home

We began the final day of our holiday in Ghent, somehow expecting it to be like Bruges. It isn't.
So we went to Dunkirk instead. Dunkirk is also nothing like Bruges, but at least it has seaside.
Atomic !

Atomic !

Rather than mooching around in Holland we decided we'd take the girls to see Brussels' best known landmark. I'd never been there on a sunny day in the summer.
The Grevelingenmeer

The Grevelingenmeer

A boat trip around a lake created when the Brouwersdam was built in the 70's and 80's, followed by a short drive to gain a different perspective on the same lake.
Old Trams

Old Trams

A morning out at an enthusiasts museum of the Rotterdam Tram Company, followed by an afternoon of geocaching around Ouddorp.
On Yer Bike

On Yer Bike

Well if you're staying at Center Parcs and you're in Holland, it's practically mandatory to hire some bikes and go exploring the Dutch countryside.
Hellevoetsluis

Hellevoetsluis

An afternoon in the lovely little town of Hellevoetsluis, followed by walking past a few caches to reunite with the girls at the wonderfully named Quackgors Beach.
Capital Cities

Capital Cities

Somehow the Netherlands has ended up with a debate about which city is its capital. Is it Amsterdam or is it Den Haag ? To avoid confusion, we went to both. On the same day.
Windmills

Windmills

Kinderdijk is one of the most stereotypical (or iconic) places to visit in the Netherlands. It is the very epitome of the historical Dutch approach to water management. It's well worth a visit.
Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Deltapark Neeltje Jans

The only bit of dodgy weather on our whole trip. It wasn't bad for long. We filled the time by learning about water management in the Deltaworks and by watching a few well trained aquatic mammals.
Not a Lot Happened

Not a Lot Happened

Every holiday has a least one day where nothing really happens. This is the one.
There was a lot of laziness and a bit of geocaching.
Old Haunts

Old Haunts

In the late 1980's I used to live in the small Dutch town of Brielle. On this day I took the girls to see where I used to live. It has changed remarkably little.
Over The Border

Over The Border

A lazy morning in Bruges, followed by a change of country and a drive across the Deltaworks to reach our destination at Center Parcs in Port Zelande.
On Our Way

On Our Way

The start of a "road trip" holiday in the Netherlands, involving a very early start, a tunnel, and then a lot of wandering around in a very warm and sunny Bruges.
Europe’s Low Points

Europe’s Low Points

A fortnight in the Low Countries, travelling by car through Belgium and the Netherlands.
Birmingham Athletics

Birmingham Athletics

We do enjoy a day's sport over at Gardner Towers
Rockin’ Liverpool

Rockin’ Liverpool

We'd heard from friends who'd done their other events that the Rock 'n' Roll running series were excellent to enter.
Foremark Reservoir

Foremark Reservoir

We had a whole sunny afternoon to fill up. So we headed over to the Foremark Reservoir for a bit of ambling through nature, hunting for tupperware, and eating ice creams.
Marathon Weekend

Marathon Weekend

A while ago the good lady wife won a place in the Virgin London Marathon for 2014. She failed in the annual ballot but then entered a competition on a bottle of Lucozade Sport and won it.
Reading Half 2014

Reading Half 2014

Kas's free entry into the London Marathon that she won came with side entry into a couple of "training" half marathons. This was one of them.
Brighton Half 2014

Brighton Half 2014

The long awaited trip to Brighton for Kas to do the Brighton Half Marathon.