Side trip from Delft to the Dunes in Holland

On our second day in Delft we decided make a side trip to see some more of Holland.

We stopped in Gouda but we could only find was one hour parking which resulted in a very quick tour of the town – basically we only saw De Waag, the official weighing house for the famous Gouda cheese and then we had to go.

From Gouda we headed to Noordwijk on the Dutch Coast where there was actual parking(!) so we were able to spend some time exploring.
Holland, sign on the beachPart of Noordwijk is a nature reserve with sand dunes. the Dunes on the Coast of HollandDunes fence in Holland.Wind fence on the dunes in HollandBeing Holland there was of course a scenic bicycle shot.Bicycle by the Dunes on the Coast of HollandKids running along the beach.
kids playing on the beach in HollandThis was one of the few days on this trip where we actually had good weather. But very few people were out, and the beach chairs remained stacked by the empty change rooms and cafe. white plastic chairs stacked up at a beach in HollandWindsurfers on the coast of Holland.Windsurfers on the coast of HollandSculpture of a mermaid welcomes us to the coast.  Mermaid on the Coast of HollandWe even had time to stop for a beer.
Having a Vedette Beer on the Coast of Holland
There was a show of photos on a plaza at the edge of the beach. Beach Art Show on the Coast of HollandThe photos were high-contrast and the colours predominately shades of blues and yellows. Beach Art Show on the Coast of HollandBeach Art Show on the Coast of HollandBeach Art Show on the Coast of HollandWe had seen a similar exhibition at the beach town of Knokke-Heist in Belgium. The Belgian exhibit was scattered all around the town and Nature Reserve, and featured an international group of photographers.

From here we headed back to rainy Belgium….

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