Last week I circled the southern wedge of the North Sea. I took a train to the English coast, a boat to Netherlands then traveled overland along the coast heading south through Belgium and into France before taking a boat across the straight of Dover and back up the English coast, thus completing the circle. Below, a few of my favorite photos from the trip:
The amount of bicycles on the streets of Amsterdam is incredible. There are more bicycles than cars; even more bicycles than people in this city. The city is flat (again, below sea-level) and “Dutch-style” bikes only have one gear and pedal brakes. The city is seemingly designed around bikes. This is parking outside the train station. Across the street is a three level parking garage with thousands more bicycles.
Across the border the Flemish (northern) section of Belgium has a lot in common with the Netherlands. While not quite the Bicycle Mecca of Amsterdam, Bruges’ largest monument includes bicycles.
Waffles are a common food in Belgium. And they are delicious.