- Posted August 10, 2013 by
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7 Days of Summer - Holland
If you talk to a lot of Dutch people here in the Netherlands during the summer, you will soon start to hear the locals say the same thing. Summer only lasts for about a week! I've been here for a little over a month and there seems to be some truth to what they are saying. There have been really nice sunny days with warm temperatures and then there are the rest of the days, cooler, overcast and foggy. The weather here kind of reminds me of Seattle, but a little cooler.
Even if overcast days aren't your favorite thing, there are plenty of fun things to do in the Netherlands. The country is rich with history from WWII and of course there are wooden shoes, windmills and tulips. Those things are all nice, but what is really worth coming to the Netherlands is the friendly people, riding your bicycle and the great Trappist beer. The cities all cater to bicycle riders and you can either bring yours with you on an airplane, buy one here or you can simply rent one for a fun filled day of exploring. I purchased a bike for about 50 Euro and attached a GoPro hero 3 camera to the front and off I went. I saw some really beautiful scenery and had a lot of fun interacting with the locals (most of them speak English).
I highly recommend visiting Amsterdam, Maastricht, Eindhoven, Middleburg and pretty much any other city in this wonderful country.
The photo in the caption was shot in Infrared and is of one the many flowing canals that cut through the countryside. Most of the country is below sea level and they have to keep the ocean at bay with large dikes. The other photo is in the city center in Eindhoven, NL. The video is a time lapse I shot with the GoPro from my hotel window to show the cloud formations.