Here’s a quick round-up of the second half of mine and Hannah’s familiarisation trip to the Netherlands!

First stop was the beautiful city of Utrecht – with it’s central canal, flower stalls and hundreds of bikes, it has a real Dutch feel to it. We didn’t go up the Dom Tower, but at 112.5 metres (and 465 steps) high, you can see it standing watch over the city wherever you go.

Next we arrived at Buitenzorg, our base for the next two nights. We met with Mirjan, the manager, and Bagheera, their very friendly black cat. We spent the evening exploring Baarn, which is a nice 20 minute walk away from the campsite, and has everything you might need during your stay at Buitenzorg.

On the Thursday morning, we had a tour of the campsite, and then made our way to a very rainy Amersfoort. We visited some of our excursion locations, and familiarised ourselves with the city centre. From Amersfoort, we made our way to Duinrell, an amusement park situated on the west coast of the Netherlands, close to the Hague. Here we were treated to a tour of the park in a golf buggy, which was a first for both of us!

We bid farewell to Buitenzorg nice and early on our final day, and drove to Bruges. We parked close to the train station, and walked into the city centre along the cobbled streets. We didn’t have hours to spend here, but were able to familiarise ourselves with the centre, pay Choco Story an all-important visit, and of course sample a Belgian waffle. Two of the many things Bruges is famous for are lace and chocolate, and they were everywhere!

We packed a lot into the week and it was certainly beneficial for both of us – there’s no better way to learn about a destination than going there for yourself!