Virtual Bike Ride with Jo and Paula

I could not join Jo’s Monday Walk in the city of Norwich, so I am going to take Jo, Cardinal from Cardinal Guzman and Paula from Lost in Translation, on a bike ride through the Dutch country side. I have been unsuccessfully trying to convince them to join me, but except for Cardinal, they are not keen to go by bike. I am sure we can find a compromise.

I have made a gallery showing the route my husband and I followed, as well as the small village I stopped for an ice cream. The street photography is to show to Paula and to Jo, the places where we could have a nice cup of coffee and a delightful chat.

I invite you to join us too. Click if you wish to enlarge the photos.

Our ride started in Amsterdam, following direction southeast, to get to the cycle path along the Amsterdam Rhine canal. This canal is one of the busiest in Europe, connecting the port of Amsterdam to the River Rhine in Germany.

From there we left the canal and headed to the country side, passing the cities of Driemond and Weesp along the river Vecht. When arriving in the city of Muiderberg, despite the cool temperatures, no one was afraid to get into swimsuits and enjoy the beach.

After Muiderberg we headed to my favorite city to stop for an ice cream and coffee. It is the city of Muiden along the Vecht river.

The first known reference to Muiden is from 953 when Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, granted the settlement and its toll rights to Cathedral of Saint Martin. It was called Amuda, meaning “mouth of the (river) A”. “A” was the old name for the Vecht river.

In 1122 Muiden was granted some city rights by Emperor Henry V. After the lands around Muiden were given to Count Floris V.

In 1673 the sea lock in the Vecht river was relocated from Fort Hinderdam to Muiden and in 1676 it was expanded with a sea wall along the Vecht mouth to prevent flooding. You can always see many boats waiting to pass through the sea lock.

On the way back, we stopped to appreciate the Muiderslot, the medieval castle. This castle was part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Around 1285, Count Floris V, an ally of King Edward and later of the French Court, built this castle. While hunting with falcons one day in 1296, Floris was captured by his nobles and imprisoned in his own castle. In their flight from the advancing hordes, he was brutally murdered in the vicinity of Muiderberg.

Over 300 years later, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft took up residence in the Muiderslot. This ‘Dutch Shakespeare’ is the castle’s most famous resident. Hooft was named bailiff of Muiden as well as bailiff of Gooiland in 1609 and held that position for almost 40 years until his death in 1647. He is best known for his proze, poetry and impressive voluminous history of the Dutch Revolt: De Nederlandsche Historiën.

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We were already heading back home. We crossed back to the cycle path at Amsterdam Rhine canal and stopped again to appreciate the views and the cargo and cruise ships passing by.

I hope you appreciated the ride. Looking forward to hearing from Jo, Paula and Cardinal about dates to visit me!

This little story goes to my Day 3 at 5 stories, 5 photos at Restless Jo and to her Monday Walks as she graciously allowed me to bike alongside her fantastic walks.

I am also posting for Paula’s Thursday Special: Street Photography. 

82 thoughts on “Virtual Bike Ride with Jo and Paula

  1. What a beautiful place Muiden is! It wasn’t on my radar till you introduced it to me, and now it’s one more reason to visit Amsterdam. As if I needed one! Thank you very much, Lucile. I so enjoyed pacing beside you and am happy you could find the time to share with me. (us 🙂 🙂 )

    • It was a pleasure taking you along with me. I tried to share not only the views but the history behind it and hope the readers will appreciate it too. I am happy you do.
      Thanks and have a beautiful day and week.

    • Thank you Sally. Good to hear that so I can share it again also on your blog. As I had done it once before, I selected another one for you today.
      I love riding the race bike, whilst discovering new places and the history behind it. I stop the whole time to appreciate the villages along the way and make photos. I am happy you appreciate that too.
      Thank you so much.

  2. Thank you for the share and the invite dear Lucile, but I don’t ride bikes. I’d like a horse carriage 😉 Thank you for showing so much in this beautiful gallery.

  3. Looks like a lovely place to visit. I like it’s almost like a travel blog but with a much more personal touch and the colours in the pix are great (as usual) 🙂

  4. Thank you for taking me for a carefree spring ride through your beautiful countryside, and for teaching me a little bit about your country’s history and culture. I’d not thought about visiting the Netherlands before following your blog Lucile but it’s definitely on my go-to list now.

  5. What a great ride, Lucile. Thanks for not noticing that I was slacking a bit. That ice cream did me in. You should have stopped me at two cones… 😀

      • We have beautiful scenery, but most of it isn’t easy to see from a bicycle. That’s improving, as there is a national cycle trail being built, but NZ is still a fairly bicycle-hostile place. 🙂

        • Really? I had not imagined that. But as you mentioned that it’s not easy to see from a bicycle, perhaps because of mountains, that explains.
          All photos and videos I see from NZ are breathtaking. A place in my must see-before-I-die list.

          • Yeah I guess mountains are a big barrier, but my cycling friends tell me that attitudes to bikes here are a bigger barrier. Still, it is a great country and we do make people feel welcome.

            • I guess it takes some time to develop acceptance to a cycling mindset. Drivers and pedestrians have been occupying the space alone and feel ‘threatened’ by bikers claim for space. Holland has a cycling culture for ages, and is also a very flat country, so it is very ingrained in everyone’s ‘DNA’ that bikers have a saying on how to divide the roads’ space. If you follow what is happening in London, you will perhaps associate it with NZ. There is animosity against bikers and often many accidents, resulting already in 8 deaths this year. There isn’t always a cycle path either, what makes the fight fiercer.

              • Our cycle advocates here always point to the Netherlands as a model of how cycling can be a successful mode of transport. But Kiwis are car-obsessed; probably because with low population density and lousy public transport we expect to get in our cars and travel to do just about everything. My other half goes mountain-biking, but has given up road cycling because he fears it is just too dangerous.

                • It seems that our experience is helping other countries, indeed. The UK has also tried to replicate some practices when creating their cycle paths. But it’s the mentality that needs to change and that cannot be replicated. It takes years to become ingrained in people’s minds.
                  There needs to be a need, otherwise it is harder to convince. The kiwis never needed it. Here it was easier and needed.
                  And if that’s is dangerous, it discourages people.

                  • That’s true. It worries me that we have made it so difficult to cycle that children don’t ride their bikes to school any more. In fact, many don’t ride at all. It seems to me that if bikes don’t become part of normal life when we’re children, it is much more difficult to embrace cycling as adults. Unless, as you say, there is a strong need (like petrol becoming even more expensive maybe).

                    • It’s sad to hear that. It’s so true what you say. Many of my guests in Amsterdam, who didn’t have the experience as kids, don’t know how to ride a bike. One even came here once for a week training as she was frustrated for having never done it.

                    • As kids my brothers and I cycled everywhere. We went out in the morning and came home at night during the holidays and that was perfectly normal. I can’t imagine having allowed my son the same freedom at the same age. Although he has grown up in a small community and has had quite a lot of freedom to roam, it has always been on condition that he keeps his phone charged and stays in touch. And the kids walk or skateboard, not cycle. If we had lived closer to the city I’m not sure I’d have been comfortable allowing him even that much independence. We’re so worried about fast cars and stranger danger, we damage our kids more by making them fearful and dependent.

  6. Lucile! I’m getting my sneakers on as I type! Lovely photos of such a lovely city! One day, I’ll really come to see it together with you!
    Have a glorious rest of your Tuesday!
    *Lia

  7. I really enjoyed the ride! and those colors are so .. summer ! you totally got me when you mentioned the ice cream, I’ll join you guys next time 😉 X

  8. I’ve visited Amsterdam many times – it’s one of my favourite cities – but we’ve never hired bikes. Maybe we will next time, and there definitely will be a next time, and try a cycle like this.

    • Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment, Anabel.
      Next time you visit Amsterdam don’t miss the opportunity to cycle outside the city center – which can be crowded – as you will love it.

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