Originally built at the command of the Emperor Charlemagne in 950, this historic town in northern Germany near the North Sea, is now the second largest city in the country. Whew...this architecture took my breath away and did you notice the angel way up on top?
Simon and Marieke were so good to me on my visit to their home in The Hague. They took me to many interesting places. This canal is in the city of Leiden. Come on along and I'll show you some more of the sights...
Leiden was established in the early 1300's, many years before Columbus landed in America. The architecture is breathtaking and has so much character....details, details, details. This town is home to the oldest university in the Netherlands, also.
Yes, this bicycle is not just a way to go from here to there on two wheels....which is my key to freedom. I love the wind blowing in my fur and stopping anytime I want to sightsee or chat with friends. This bike is more than that, it's advertising a restaurant.
This sweet, stone cottage along the canal is typical of many of the homes that line the waterways near the ocean in Holland. This country is right at sea level so the land is covered with canals.Did you notice the climbing roses! Take a whiff.
Dutch houses are very solid, the roofs are very steep, and the walls are thick. It gets pretty cold here in the winter. Read the story, HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES, and you will know just how freezing it gets in the Netherlands.
When you live on the sea, you eat a lot of fish. This fishmonger didn't talk me into eating any on his herring. I just shook my head and wrinkled my nose and very politely said, "No, thank you, I'm partial to dog biscuits."
I am going to encourage my friends back in Hawaii to ride their bikes more and take lessons from the Dutch. I want everyone's carbon footprint to lessen. What's good for me and my heart is good for the planet.
There were many living situations at F.A.S.T. surf camp. Many wave riders drove their vans down to Scheveningen, near The Hague, as this village and former fishing center, has the best surf on the coast of the Netherlands.
Up on the hill, oppposite the beach, was a warm and welcoming cafe in the surf village. I had hot tea, and you really needed to be drinking something hot because even though it was summer, there was a chill in the air.
What I love most about traveling around the world is making new friends and the F.A.S.T. surf campsite was a perfect spot for that. Sipping hot tea in the warm afternoon sun with fellow surfers was heavenly. Those who ride waves in their own country and around the world are so excited when I tell them I'm from Sunset Beach.
This is Johnny who created the F.A.S.T surf camp on city property. The land, next to the best surf spot in the Netherlands, wasn't being used so he proposed a temporary site for camping. The government agreed and presto changeo! How cool.
I am treated so well by friends and strangers when I travel. Maybe it's my good looks or maybe it's my soft fur, but, most likely, it's my friendly attitude. Simon and his two dogs led me to this campsite so I could learn more about their surfing village. Now, that's a good friend.
This wave is an art piece created from beach litter. Protect the sea, the ocean, and the river wherever you travel. Take good care of the Earth and take a bag to the shore and pick up what shouldn't be there and dispose of it at home.
Eddy owns VERSUS, a small surf shop in Scheveningen. He was proud to show off his store's collection. Hmmmmmm, think I'll pass this time around. Did you notice the thick wet suits on the rack in the back?
Should you ever venture to the Netherlands, you must learn to ride a bike. They are everywhere. Here I am in Rotterdam and in every direction there are bicycles. I love it! So sustainable....and healthy.
You had better look where you are walking in Rotterdam. Bikes are flying by, scooters are zooming close, and the trolley cars are coming every which way! And, of course, unless you are Dutch, you can't read the street signs. Yikes!
I love, love the beautiful bouquets. This bike made my heart full. I had to stop and take a better look and appreciate the innovative (that's a "Fancy Nancy" word which means "clever") way to bring beauty to the streets of Rotterdam. What's your opinion?
Finally.....after a night's long journey on the ferry from Harwich, England, to Rotterdam, Netherlands, I have arrived. I really need my little doggy coat. It's nippy here and I am so used to the tropics that I am shivering!
Aloha! I'm Rex the Surf Dog. I live on the North Shore of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. I was born in the heart of a third grade teacher on January 19, 2007. I love to talk and travel! My mission in life is to promote literacy in children of all ages.
"Fun" is my middle name!
I'm the Dog with the Blog!
Surf Dog has begun selling t-shirts and tote bags and some of his puppies in shops in his hometown of Haleiwa. Look for his product line at his booth--Keiki Korner at the Haleiwa Farmers' Market every Thursday afternoon from 3 to 7 at Waimea Valley.