Springtime in Holland

Day 1 - Noordwijk


A quick trip to the seaside before boarding the Rex Rheni


After an early arrival at Amsterdam airport we had several hours before boarding Rex Rheni. Saga had arranged  a trip to Noordwijk, a seaside town on the North Sea which is popular with tourists in the summer months. It has a long sandy beach which on a cold, dull day in March was decidedly bracing. Behind it are sand dunes.

Noordwijk

The sea front is lined with large modern tourist hotels and cafes. At the far end is the tall square white lighthouse built nearly a hundred years ago.

Noordwijk

There is a pleasant modern shopping centre.

Noordwijk

Noordwijk

Cheese shop, Noordwijk

The C19th brick built De Buurtkerk at the end of Hoofdstraad was firmly locked.

De Buurtkerk, Noordwijk

Besides its beaches, Noordwijk is also known for its bulb flower fields. Bulbs have been grown in the area since the end of the C19th. It is located in an area called the "Dune and Bulb Region".  The majority of bulb fields lie behind the dunes as the sandy soil there is extremely suitable for cultivation. Daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are grown here.
 
Bulb field near Noordwijk

During dinner, Rex Rheni relocated to Beverwijk for the night. This is about 20km north west of Amsrterdam and a better based for visiting Keukenhof gardens. This is an important port handling potatoes, fruit and vegetables, cooled and deep-frozen cargoes as well as forestry products such as timber and pulp.

Beverwijk

Beverwijk

The port  also handles scrap iron.

Beverwijk

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