Our recent trip to The Netherlands was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all the choir and visitors alike.
Day One – en route to Holland
Sunday 29th May we set off very early morning on our way down to Calais.We had a very comfortable coach, complete with refreshments on board. We couldn’t have asked for a better team on the coach, our Driver Ron and hostess Marie were brilliant and looked after us very well throughout the whole of the trip,nothing was too much trouble for them.
The P&O channel crossing went very smoothly.
Once in France we headed through Belgium and Holland arriving at our hotel, Lapershoek Arenapark in Hillversum around 8pm.
Day Two – Delft & The Hague
Weather not too good today. We headed to the delightful Dutch town of Delft famous for its lovely Delft blue pottery and one of the most renowned Dutch painters ‘Vermeer’.
We all had free time to explore this beautiful historical place.
The weather finally brightened up and lifted our spirits
We then continued to The Hague one of the most historic cities in Holland and also the seat of government.
We were fortunate to have Anneka Bruning a local guide on our tour around The Hague who gave us lots of information about the city.
Following the tour we headed off to our first perormance of the trip at The Anglican Church of St. John & St.Philip in The Hague.
We were made very welcome by the audience/congregation,the choir adapted well to their unfamiliar surroundings and it was a great success.
Day three – Amsterdam
This was truly a full action packed day from start to finish!
Arriving in the city we had some free time to explore the area before heading to the lovely English Reformed Church at Begijnhof, one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam.
The church is in an enclosed courtyard and once belonged to The Beguines read more about it here –
www.begijnhofamsterdam.nl (copy & paste to your browser)
The concert in the church went exceptionally well. We were fortunate to have a
multinational congregation/audience who were very appreciative and we received many compliments for our performance.
After the concert we had free time to explore Amsterdam at leisure.
It was a lovely sunny day and choir members and visitors the took time out to explore various places in the city.
Pancake Boat Trip
Later in the afternoon we were taken to The Pancake Boat for a truly Dutch experience. Where we could eat unlimited pancakes both sweet and savoury with various toppings to choose from.
The trip on the boat along the river IJ (a lake and formerly a bay) gave us the opportunity to experience a different side to Amsterdam where we all enjoyed seeing some of the city’s cutting edge architecture and industrial buildings including a floating hotel ((Amstel Botel)
Day Four – Zannse Schans & Noordwijk
This had to be one of the more relaxing days where we spent the whole morning at Zannse Schans Village and Open air museum.
We were treated to a cheese making demonstration where we could all sample the various flavours.Following this we had a demonstration on Clog making which was also an interesting experience.
After lunch we headed for Noordwijk and our final concert of the trip at the beautiful catholic church Maria Ter Zee (Mary the Sea)
This was a wonderful concert with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The staff, audience/congreation made us feel very much at home.
The audience was very receptive and gave us a standing ovation at the end which was very heart-warming.
They all really appreciated Alison and Celia’s solo performances too.
To finally finish off what was a very memorable choir tour we were taken to the town of Leiden (the birth place of Rembrandt) for a canal boat cruise around the town.
This was a very relaxing way to end our tour.
Day Five – Homeward Bound
We checked out of the hotel after breakfast retracing our steps through Holland and Begium stopping at a Chocolate factory on the way, where we could stock up with lots of delights.
Heading on through Belgium and France we arrived at Calais to discover that our ferry was delayed by 2 hours!
Never mind we arrived back home eventually, safe and sound with lots of very happy memories made along the way!