From Bodegraven to Leiden, via Alphen aan den Rijn

Distance: 28 km

Getting there: Both cities have NS train stations

Difficulty: Low

Scenery: Trail along the Rijn (Rhine) river, small towns, highways, and Groene hart (green heart)

I used to travel from Leiden to Utrecht every day for 8 months, and I was always curious about visiting the cities along the way. Since we decided to take a hike near Leiden, choosing this hike was a good idea to discover some of them.

We started our hike from Bodegraven central station. This town is small and charming. It has some local specialties, such as beer and cheese. It is a suburban town, meaning that on a Sunday morning there was not a lot of activities around. I was impressed by some local art and the windmill just in the city center used as a café, it was a shame that was closed that day because it looked like a good place to try some local cuisine.

After Bodegraven, we entered to a long trail next to the Rijn. This was around 5km, and there was all kind of sceneries boarding the river, such as houses, parks and many types of industries.

Once we finished the Rijn trail, we walked inside some residential areas and crossed some highways. We had lunch in a lovely park just outside Alphen aan den Rijn.

Once we had our bellies full, we explore around Alphen aan den Rijn city center and some suburbs. We were pleasantly surprised by how big is our neighbor town. There are some cafés, restaurants, and theaters. For sure, we will be back to get to know it better and maybe try some food around here.

Just when we were missing already a little bit of green, we immersed ourselves into the lovely Groene Hart. This magnificent protect area is just in the center of Holland. In here, you can breathe a completely different air and definitely appreciate some of the most beautiful landscapes I have seen in the Netherlands. You can find many types of farms, windmills and quiet places to relax after a busy week. It is not a surprise why it is visited by many locals on a weekly basis.

Finally, we started our last phase of the day. Once we got into Leidercorp, we knew our home was just a few steps away. From the last farms from the Groene Hart, you can see the city at the end. Nevertheless, the final kilometers are always the hardest ones. We walked around 7 km in a straight line with the hope that the track inside the city was going to be short, but we were wrong. Anyways, just the moment we arrived at our destination, all that suffering was conquered by a good feeling of achievement.

Even we had good weather, without rain (a surprise in the Netherlands) and not too warm (perfect in summer), this one was a hard one. Especially because the landscape is not changeable, so the tracks could seem like eternal. Anyway, if you want a walk within dutch cities with convenient public transport connections, this could be a nice option.

Happy hiking!

Hiking around Berlin: Seddin to Potsdam

Distance: 20km

Getting there: Trains service to Seddin and Potsdam from Berlin

Difficulty: Low

Scenery: Forest, come easy hills and Einstein summer house

Even Berlin is big enough to spend many days exploring it, we wanted to discover it from another point of view. As good hikers, we did some research about possible hiking routes around Berlin, and we decided to do this one due to the easy transportations and the scenic wonders.

This trail is part of the 66 lakes routes that surrounds Berlin. The total distance of the route is 417km, but since we only had one day to do it, we only walked 20km.

The first part of the trail was full of the tallest pines I have ever seen and beautiful lakes.

After getting out of the forest, we entered a nice little town called Caputh. Famous due to the presence of Albert Einstein Summer House and lovely street art.

We were ready to have lunch after Caputh, so after checking the ruins of Marienquelle, we ate our tasty sandwich from Kamps (a german bakery chain) and some local chocolates.

Finally, we started the last part of our hike by entering Postdam -Süd. This is a big park, where it is easy to get lost as we did. We climbed to a hill, near Mirenhaus, where there was a relaxing view from the far mountains. Additionally, very closed from this point there is Feuerwachturm Kleiner Ravensberg, an impressive white tower.

Potsdam station was just 4 km away from this tower and it is a big town with new architecture and industrial atmosphere. We took the first train back to Berlin once we got to the town, so we did not see much more about this place.

It was a really nice walk, and I loved that we met Berlin from another point of view. We hope to return one day and hike another track from the 66 lakes trail.

Happy hiking!

3-days hiking around Texel

Distance: 62 km divided in 3 days

Getting there: Ferry from Den Helder (connected by NS trains)

Difficulty: Low

Scenery: Remote farms, contact with local animals, and beautiful beaches

Texel was one our top list since the moment we decided to start hiking in the Netherlands. It is famous for its nature and the nice beaches, so we knew that a multi-day hike trip there was a good idea, and indeed it was.

First Day: 20km

We actually started walking before getting to Texel, since we walked from Den Helder station until the ferry terminal, around 2km. Our intention was to get to know this little port town, and I glad we did it that way since Den Helder is beautiful. It is full of restaurants next to the canals, spectacular boats and some interesting attractions, such as the award-winning library and the maritime museum.

We decided to start our journey from the ‘t Horntje, where the is the port of the ferry from the mainland (Den Helder). From here we started walking through the farm’s fields, the view is amazing. There are all kinds of colors due to the crops.

The first town we visited after the farm’s trail was Den Burg. This little town has plenty of cafés, shops, and benches. In here, we had our first snack of the day, some fruits and energy bar to keep going.

Just a few kilometers after De Burg, we found De Waal. This one is an even smaller town, that consists of a bunch of charming houses and a big church in the middle of the downtown.

Just after De Waal, we entered the trail surrounded by farms and crops. There was one path full of chamomile flowers, their smell was a sublime touch to experience on a hike. Later, we did a direct trail through many farms to the Airbnb where we were staying that night. This way was full of farms where we had to walk with the sheep all the way until we got to our accommodation.

Second Day: 22km

The stayed in a Fantastic Airbnb at Eendrachtweh, De Cocksdorp. The room was spacious and it has even more than what we needed. The breakfast was enormous and the location was perfect for ours. It was relaxing to wake up with the birds singing in the morning.

We got ready and headed to the De Cocksdorp beach, the northern point of the island, where we could see the famous lighthouse, a symbol of Texel.

Since the Airbnb was in the middle of farms, our first track was surrounded by more animals and beautiful scenarios. We used a ferry to cross a canal, that was a new experience for us.

After having lunch on the beach next to the lighthouse, we kept walking for a while on the beach. where we found that we were the only humans there, maybe due to the windy and wet conditions on that day. Then, we entered into the National Park Texel Duinen, and walk in here all the way to DeKoog, where we were going to spend the night.

After 22 km, we reached De Koog. I think this one is the most populated town in Texel, and apparently, it is the most touristy as well, with some beach town vibe. We wanted to try some of Texel specialties, so after some research, our dinner was in a restaurant called Sjans. It was so local that actually, the place did not have English menus. I got the slowed cooked lamb with the local beer. The lamb was exquisite, super soft and full of flavor. The prices are somehow high, but they served the main dishes with salad and fries, so at the end is a lot of food. Glenn had the ribs, and he says they were the best ribs we have tried in the Netherlands!

Third Day: 20km

We started our last day walking through the De Koog forests. Some tracks of forest were very close to the beach, this reminded me of some national parks in Costa Rica.

Just the moment we entered the dunes, we decided to have lunch. We bought some local goodies at the supermarket in De Koog. Gouda cheese and lamb ham (this one was like a type of lamb prosciutto). We were pleasantly surprised by the strong and different flavors of these two products. After lunch, we were lucky to see this type of hairy cows.

Finally, the last phase of our journey was a long way to the ferry port. Saying goodbye to nature and to Texel. We love our weekend here and we now know why so popular between the Dutch.

We will keep walking and discovering new places. Stay tuned!

Happy hiking!

Costa Rican foods to try

As a Costa Rican living abroad, one of the things that I miss the most is food. Every time people ask me how are Costa Rican foods, and what do we usually eat, I tell them that actually, our diet is very similar to other countries in the region, but still, we have some staples dishes.

In this post I want to give you the most delicious dishes for me as a Tica (Costa Rican female) point of view: Definitely, a must try in your next visit to this paradise.

Gallo Pinto and Caribbean “Rice and Beans”

Probably you have already listened about this dish. It is a combination of rice with black or red beans (depend on the taste/region/or family). This dish is normally cooked with the leftovers of the day before and actually tastes better if it is prepared this way. The recipes vary depending on the cooker, but must of the time they prepared with onions, bell peppers, garlic, Lizano sauce and coriander or parsley at the end.

Central Valley Gallo Pinto with fresh cheese (normally Turrialba cheese), fried eggs, corn tortillas, sweet plantain and black coffee on the back.

Normally eaten as a breakfast with eggs, cheese, sour cream, sweet plantain or whatever you want. Some people eat it with meat or even fish. My favorite combination is fried eggs, sour cream, corn tortillas and of course strong Costa Rican coffee.

You can find this dish everywhere in Costa Rica, and actually, you can taste the difference between the recipes depending on the provinces. I grew up with the central valley kind, not too heavy and with black beans, but the one from Guanacaste is a little bit heavier in taste, for me is like a little bit toasted (my perception), and it comes with a different kind of tortilla typical from the region.

Gallo Pinto from Nicoya or Guanacaste, with typical nicoyan corn tortilla, fresh cheese and fried egg

On the other side of the country, the Caribbean coast, the cuisine is varied even more. They have their own version of Gallo Pinto, called “Rice and Beans”. Actually, a version is not the correct term, but based on the main ingredients, this is an easier way to explain it. This dish is cooked with coconut milk, thyme, o Panamanian pepper, garlic, onions, and bell pepper.

Contrary to Gallo Pinto, “Rice and Beans” is normally consumed as lunch or dinner, and it is eaten with meats, such as Caribbean chicken, shrimps, fish or beef. Maybe with a side of salad and sweet plantains. A common beverage to paired with could be cold “Agua de Sapo” or “Hiel”, that is basically a raw sugar beverage with ginger and lime juice.

Rice and Beans with shrimps, pasta salad and green salad

Soups: Olla de carne, Ceviche, Sopa negra and RonDon

Costa Ricans loves soups. It doesn’t matter if we are on the mountain or on the beach, we had one for any occasion. These are the most popular ones.

Olla de carne is a beef broth with starchy vegetables like potatoes, carrots, cassava, corncob and other root ones that we called the “otes” like chayote, camote (our sweet potato), ayote, or other, depending on the house recipe. Apart from the starchy carbs, we also like to eat it with white rice. Is a very rich and flavorful soup, usually made with the beef bones.

We have our own kind of Ceviche, different from the South American one. This is like a cold soup where the lime juice “cooked” the fish. We like to add onions, bell pepper, coriander, and a type of fish. We usually leave it overnight on the fridge, without stirring. In the case of this dish, the fresher the better. If it tastes sweet, it is not the real thing, probably they add soda like a sprite to make it last longer.

Croaker Ceviche with raw green plantain

It was usually consumed on the beach, but nowadays you can find it everywhere in Costa Rica. The usual way to eat it is with Patacones (fried green plantain), crackers or raw plantain. Some people like to add ketchup and mayonnaise as well. My favorite beverage to paired is beer, especially the Costa Rican one “Imperial”.

Home made Ceviche with plantain chips and beer

Another beloved soup is Sopa Negra, meaning black soup. It’s so famous than even Jamie Oliver did a version of it. The original one is made with the remained liquid when the black beans are cooked. Some people like to concentrate the flavor and add some other ingredients, like coriander, onions and bell pepper, etc. We eat it with eggs, could be hard-boiled or even poached on the soup. In the restaurants, usually is served with rice on the side.

Homemade Sopa Negra with avocado, coriander and hot chili sauce

Like the “Rice and Beans”, the Caribbean culture has a staple soup as well. This one is called RunDum, and it’s a seafood and coconut soup.

RunDum with fried green plantain (patacones)

Finally, I have to mention other soups such as “Pozole” (corn soup), Sopa de Albondigas (Meatball soup) , Sopa de Garbanzos (Chickpeas soup).

Gallos and Tortilla de Queso

A Gallo is similar to a Mexican taco, it’s basically a fresh corn tortilla with some type of meat or vegetables on top. One common is Gallo de picadillo. Picadillo is a type of dish with vegetables chopped very tiny. Could be Picadillo de papa (potato), Picadillo de Arracache (a common root vegetable) or Picadillo de platáno verde (green plantain). Also, there are Gallo de Lengua (cow tongue), Gallo de carne en salsa (beef stew), Gallo de pollo (Chicken) or Gallo de chicharrón (fried pork). Even we have simple Gallos, like Gallo de queso (Cheese) or eggs.

Sopa de Garbanzo (Chickpeas soup) on the left and Gallo de Arracache on the right

Another way we use corn flour, and a very popular one, is to make a Tortilla de Queso (Cheese Tortilla). This one is a traditional afternoon snack or entrée from the central valley, but especially from Cartago province and the surroundings. It’s made with corn flour, fresh cheese and the rest of the ingredients depend on the recipe, some people like to add sour cream, butter or even eggs. We eat it sour cream on a side and with a beverage, this one could be coffee or Aguadulce (Sugar cane drink) alone or with milk. You can see one in the photo of Olla de Carne, the one behind.

Arroz con Pollo

This one is a very traditional dish, and it is usually served at parties due to the low cost and convenient preparation. The rice is cooked with seasonings, the chicken and we like to put “achiote”, this one is basically a natural orange food colorant. We like to eat it with Frijoles Molidos (mashed beans), potato chips and salad.

Homemade Arroz con Pollo, with mashed Frijoles Molidos, chips and salad

Important snacks and bocas: Chifrijo, Patacones, and Yuca (Cassava) fries

We have many kinds of tiny dishes that we usually eat them as a snack, or when we go to a bar as an aperitif. They could be seen as our tapas.

Chifrijo is a mixture of beans, fried pork, avocado, and tortilla chips. Sometimes people like to put salad and rice. Patacones are fried smash green plantains, in some Latin American countries are called tostones. We like to eat them with some toppings, such as guacamoles, smashed beans, fresh cheese and pico de gallo (tomato, onion, coriander salad). They are also served instead of potato fries in some dishes. Cassava fries are only very popular, and they are served with ketchup and mayonnaise.

Sweet treats and desserts

We like sweets, from healthy ones like fruits to really guilty pleasure such as cakes, cookies, and tarts.

Costa Rica has nice tropical weather, giving a big variety of fruits all over the country. Normally you can find all kind of fruits all year around. Nevertheless, depends on the season how sweet and big they can be. Around the dry season, you can find sweet mangoes, watermelons, papaya and cantaloupe, the other season you can find pineapples, strawberries, bananas and green mangoes. It doesn’t matter the season, we like to have fruit salads, and we like to upgrade them with ice cream, gelatin, and sometimes sour cream.

As desserts, some of them are: Arroz con Leche (Rice pudding), Tres Leches (Cake with a 3 kind of milk sauce), Plátanos en almíbar (Sweet plantain in syrup), Queque de Cumpleaños (Birthday cake filled with dulce de leche (caramel)) and Cajetas (milk candy).

Homemade Tres leches with peaches

Well, here you have it, some of my food suggestion you should try in Costa Rica by a Tica (that right now is really hungry and nostalgic).

Please let me know if you have tried some of these or if you need some restaurants recommendations.

Happy eating!

From Delft to Leiden, via Vlietland

Distance: 28 km until our place in Leiden

Getting there: Both towns have train NS stations

Difficulty: Low

Scenery: Forests, beautiful residential areas, walk along the canals, Vlietland recreational park and cities

After a hard week, we decided to make a shorter hike than the one from last week (Noordwijk to Haarlem, Link: http://thefoodiehiker.com/hiking-from-noordwijk-to-haarlem/ ).

Since we lived in Leiden and Delft is not far, we took one of the several trains that go there and start our hike in the picturesque Dutch ceramic town.

Oude Kerk view fromZuidwal Street

Probably you already heard about the Delft, due to the famous ceramic industry or the well-known university. But certainly, the architecture and atmosphere of the city make it is a very touristy place, with good reason or many of them.

One of my favorite places here is Market Place, in front of the Nieuwe Kerk. There are many cool cafés, and there is a Royal Delft shop where you can see artists painting the ceramic before putting them in the oven (to get the change of color from black to blue). Also, this place has on Sundays an antique market, and sometimes some festivals are held here as well.

If you visit Delft in summer, make sure you go to the Jazz festival that takes all the town. You can listening to different types of jazz at different stages in all Delft.

Well, we got a blueberry muffin from Bagel & Beans in the Markt Platz, great and tasty energy snack before starting the trail. From here, we arrived into the city skirts and then into a lovely park.

After this park, we start to walk inside many residential and beautiful areas, where you can appreciate big houses with lovely gardens, some of them along the canals. We had to cross some highways as well, where we looked out some delighful windmills from far.

We started looking nature again once we finished the residential are and reached Leidschendam. From here, it is an enjoyable walk through Leidschendammerhout, a big park that includes a golf course and big green areas. We had lunch at this place, surrounded by trees and watching some locals having good bike trips.

Then, we finally arrived at the famous Vlietland, here there is a recreational area where you can swim, camp, kayaking and much more. Since it was a sunny and warm day, it was crowded. After here, Leiden borders are only 3 km away, so it was the last stage of the journey. We felt at home when we arrived at one of the most bewitching parks in Leiden area, Polderpark Cronesteyn.

Finally, we arrived at Leiden city center borders through some marvelous suburbs. Some of them were new for me, so I think was worthy to walk around Leiden center-periphery. We felt at home once we arrived at Zijlpoortbrug. From here, we walked 3 km more to reach our place.

In conclusion, that was our Sunday hike. We really enjoyed it, especially due to the nice weather, not too hot and very sunny. Try it! you won’t regret it.

Happy hiking!

Hiking from Noordwijk to Haarlem

Distance: 30km

Getting there: Public transport. Noordwijk by bus and Haarlem by train

Difficulty: Low

Scenery: Dunes, deers, beach, farms, residential area and city

I think this route has everything you want to see on the coastal side of the Netherlands, beach, forest, and animals (deers on the wild!).

We had a lovely day to do this hike, with warm temperatures (around 28C) and full sunshine. It was nice, although since we were already used to dutch cold and cloudy days, it was a real challenge to finish the hike. Nevertheless, we did it!! and actually was our longest distance in a day record, so since we are training, expect days like this from now on.

We took the bus 21 from Leiden Central station to Noordwijk. We went out in Parallel Boulevard and started waking from there. Noordwijk is a lovely beach town, full of restaurant and nice houses. We stopped by in a flea market around it and keep walking until we reached the dunes.

After entering in the dunes, we walked a few km until we reached the beach.

After lunch, we started walking in a Langeveld park, where we saw many deers just hanging out. They are so calm, probably they are already used to humans walking around there.

After here, we arrived at Vogelkijkhut Waterleidingduinen, another big park, where are all the Amsterdam treated water. This was our last stop for a snack and water refuel before getting to the Haarlem Suburbs.

Finally, we arrived at Haarlem around 5:00 pm. The walk to the train station was eternal but possible at the end. Haarlem is a beautiful city, with big houses and a more calm atmosphere than Amsterdam. We visited it once for the tulips parade, but this time we appreciated more the houses and the normal life on a warm day.

We were really proud of this walk because this was our first 30km walk and the first time that we cross a province border, from South Holland to North Holland. Please check the photo below to see the trail, or if you need more info, just comment below.

Noordwijk to Haarlem trail through the Dunes

Happy hiking!

Tiramisu tour around Rome

I love to watch worth it on YouTube, and that is why we decided to do the same in Rome but with Tiramisu. We selected 3 different tiramisus at 3 difference prices around Rome and this is our results:

Two Sizes: Don’t let the name fool you. Actually this is a small place, there is only one table, in the middle of the city center. It is easy to find due the amount of people in front. The Italian lady is there making all kinds of Tiramisu flavors in small cups. We got the classic one and the pistachio one. Please, if you can only choose one go for the classic one, is to die for! It was definitely made with mascarpone cheese, so creamy and the coffee taste was strong but well paired with the cocoa.

Price: $ ( small 2,5 euros, big 3,5 and mini 1,5)

Pistachio tiramisu

Pompi: Doing a quick research on the internet, I found this place as one of the best tiramisus in Rome. So, after visiting Vatican city, we went to the nearest one in Vía Cola di Rienzo. The tiramisu was already packed, and for our surprise, the place wasn’t full. Pompi also serves other kinds of pastries, but definitely, the Tiramisu is the best seller. Regarding the tiramisu, the cream was white and light, certainly, it has some whipped cream.

The shape was a rectangle, making the layers a little bit thinner, so you can try all the layers in a scoop. It was a good tiramisu but not the best in my opinion. I think it tastes more like the one you can find in a supermarket, and definitely by the presentation, it was not the fresher one in town.

Price: $$ (4 euros)

Classic Tiramsu

Ristorante RomAntica: This was our last stop in Rome. We had dinner here with a 50% discount with The Fork (thanks to this app with going to fancy restaurants :)) We got some pasta, but we definitely were curious about a fancier Tiramisu. The place, in general, is romantic, as the name suggested, the Romanian decoration transported us to another place. The prices were OK for a restaurant in Rome, and the service was perfect, I like when the staff already applies the discount without any comments.

We had the Tiramisu for sharing and it came in decorated glass. The flavors and colors suggested that was an old recipe, with the right ingredients and the way normally the Italian families eat it at home.

Price: $$$ (6 euros, plus coperto)

Classic Tiramsu

Final Verdict: My favorite was the Two Sizes one, it was good quality, price, and presentation. My second favorite was the one from RomAntica, homemade recipe and the ambiance made everything even more special.

This article is base on my opinion. Please let me know yours, or give me other places where I can try more in Rome.

Happy eating!

Pizzas in Napoli and Caserta

I lived for 6 months in Napoli, and that experience basically ruined pizza forever. It has been really hard for me to find a good pizza outside Campania, but well I have to survive somehow.

This is the list of my favorites places to have pizza in Napoli and Caserta:

Napoli

Pizza Da Attilio: Just in the next to the Quartieri Spagnoli, there is this pizza place with creative forms of pizza. It is not so popular, so you can find a place easily, different from other places, such as Da Michele and Gino Sorbillo. I recommend Pizza Carnavale, star shape pizza with sausage bell pepper and every corner filled with ricotta. I also tried the Diavola and the Pizza Fiore (vegetarian and tasty option)

Price: $$ (every pizza is around 8 euros)

50 Kalò: This place is a little bit fancier, it is the kind of place where you go for a date and have an amazing pizza. Also, it is where all the Neapolitan families go. Any pizza is good here, but my favorite is the Margherita con Bufala.

Price: Medium $$ (Any kind around 9 euros, the expensive part are the beverages and the coperto)

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele: An obvious one, famous because the simplicity and the movie Eat, Pray and Love. They even have a photo in a wall of Julia Roberts eating there. Well, it is famous for a reason, or many of them. For me, this is my favorite Margherita in town, simple but well done. The tomato sauce is fresh, the size is big and the crust is crunchy. The menu consists of only 3 types of pizzas, marinara (only tomato without cheese) Margherita and Margherita with double cheese. Do not fall for this one, we measured it and actually, it has basically the same amount of cheese than the normal Margherita, so is easier for them just to have two types of pizza, that is why the service is so fast. Another advice: Go in the afternoon, around 3 pm take a number and go for a beer and then return. If you go at night it is almost impossible to grab a number before they close. Also, only locals know that actually you can skip the line and have it take away, anyways the place is so crowded that actually you won´t miss eating inside.

Price: Cheap $ (Around 4 euros, or 4.5 with the “extra cheese”

Margherita with double cheese

Gino Sorbillo: Another famous for a good reason! The magic about this place is the ingredients and the combinations. There are two locals in Napoli, the one at via dei Tribunali (the famous one, it is very charming) and the one via Partenope (the touristy one for the cruises, the atmosphere is more like a fast food restaurant). The first one maintains the same prices (around 9 euros per pizza), the second one has higher prices but is less crowded. Both keep the same recipes, so the experience is good as well. The best one for me is the Margherita DOP or the one with pesto and cherry tomatoes.

Price: $$ (Around 10 euros)

Pizzeria ‘Ntretella: This one is good as well and it has a romantic decoration. My favorite was the one with the fresh tomatoes (Margherita al pomodorino fresco e buffala). Only one advice, Napolitans know that the Quartieri Spagnoli could be dangerous at night. This pizza place is just in the entrance of that neighborhood if you go try to visit during the day.

Price: $$ (Around 6 euros each pizza)

Margherita al pomodorino fresco e buffala

Caserta

If you have in your plans to go to Caserta (and you should, the palace is breathtaking!) there are very good pizza places around here. Actually, Neapolitans know that the best buffalo cheese (real Mozzarella) is from this region. We were so lucky to arrive exactly the weekend of the Pizza Expo (Around the end of July). Therefore, we ate pizza until we were sick of it. These are some of the examples you can find there.

But, if you are not that lucky you can always go to :

I Masanielli di Francesco Martucci: A very famous place. The decoration reminded me of a family friendly restaurant, mostly visited by locals. We tried two kinds, the Margherita (we like to compare a basic one) and a signature one of the restaurants (Misticanza).

Price: $$ (around 9 euros the expensive one)

Misticanza

Well, these were my favorites pizzas in Napoli, your welcome 🙂

Happy eating!

From Gouda to Dordrecht, via Schoonhoven

Distance: 24 km until Schoonhoven, and 27km until Dordrecht (2 ferries)

Getting there: Public transport, both cities have train NS stations

Difficulty: Low

Scenery: Parks, cheese farms, windmills, open areas, rustic trails

As part of our training, decided to do at least one time per month, consecutive days of hiking. This hike was the first of this kind.

The starting point is the lovely town of Gouda, where every Thursday in Summer takes place the cheese market. For this occasion, we just walked around the town and then took the trail. Just outside of this town there is already a lot of nature, plenty of cheese farms (Boerenkaas) and lots of sheep and cows.

We spend the night in Schoonhoven , which is a cute little town next to a big river. I highly recommend the bed & breakfast called Villa Voorncamp, the bed was comfy and the owner was super nice. The breakfast was outstanding, plenty of options and big quantities. They recommended us a nice to have dinner, called de Waag in the city center. The food was exquisite, the only thing is the size of the restaurant, as it is an old building, there are only a few tables inside.

The next morning, we left our accommodation around 9 am to keep with our mission of getting to Dordrecht. The landscape in this second half did not disappoint as well. There was a more industrial part but still, we appreciated the beautiful windmills and the rural areas.

Finally, we arrived at Dordrecht. Amazing city, very old and the little streets are too cute to be real.

That was our first 2 consecutive days hike in the Netherlands. Stay tune to see more.

Happy Hiking!

From Dordrecht to Rotterdam via Kinderdijk

Distance: Around 30 by following the hiking trails (and 3 ferries)

Get there: Both cities have NS train stations

Difficulty: Low difficulty

Scenery: Windmills and industrial area

What is more Dutch than the windmills? If you visit the Netherlands and you didn’t see at least one, you didn’t experience the Netherlands at all. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the world heritage site of Kinderdijk, it has the highest amount of windmills in the Netherlands. There are many ways you can enjoy this site, like several tours from the major Dutch cities and public transport as well.

Since one of our new year’s resolution was to discover the Netherlands by foot, we decided to take one day and get there by walking from Dordrecht. In our last hike, this city was the last stop, but we were so tired that we couldn’t appreciate at all. Therefore, our plan this time was to get to know it a little bit better, discover Kinderdijk on the way and have a burger in Rotterdam.

I am very happy that we did it this way. Dordrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and for me one of the most beautiful. You can appreciate this just by looking at the tiny streets and the architecture in general.

Mostly all the trail is industrial are, just the part of Kinderdijk has a nicer landscape. The perfect place is just before getting to the touristy area, where you can enjoy all the windmills from together surrounded by the typical Dutch scenery. From here we saw all the locals enjoying the views.

After Kinderdijk, there is still some nature until we got the port. This port has a replica of Noah’s ark, from here we took the ferry to Rotterdam. In Rotterdam, we rested in a lovely park called Het Park. As a prize for our effort, we got an indulgent burger in Hamburg, Rotterdam. If you are wondering, Rotterdam has the best food in the Netherlands.

That was everything. Please comment below any question you might have.

Happy hiking!