Category Archives: Netherlands

Bikerail 2018 part 1– On Interrail with a bicycle @Interrail ‏

For us who where young in the 1970s, Interrail opened if not the World, so at least Europe to us. Among us young norwegians, some had been visiting Sweden or Denmark (there has for a long time been many ferry-connections between Norway and Denmark). A very few had visited other countries. Cheap flights did not exist at these times. The only alternative was hitch-hiking.

With Interrail we could visit Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Venice, London and other cities and places we had read and heard about, that had been way out of our reach. I spent three summers travelling Europe by train.  We pretended to be travellers, not tourists. But we were of course uninformed and ill prepared amateur tourists. We should go out and discover the world, not go on sight seeing or rely on guide books, like the tourists. If we saw something that looked interesting, we often did not know what is was. And we missed a lot because we were not prepared and did not have good guide books. But we got to see many countries and famous places. We wanted to see as many countries and famous cities as we could, to tick them off on our list of “been there”. It is not a good way to travel.

I have been using bicycle for transport for many years. But I did not go on any long cycling tour before I turned 60. It is one of the things I should have stated to do many years ago. But we cannot rewind the time an live it all over again.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 3: Nijmegen — Arnhem

Stage 3 is another flat, 190 km stage. We start were yesterday’s stage ended, and end where it started. But the riders will follow a stage to the east of the cities.

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This will be another day with Dutch beer. Frankly, I think it will be hard to find better beers in the Netherlands than we had yesterday. We may try to find som local beers. But they are hard to find if you are not there. And I am sitting in Oslo when writing this, and have not been in the Netherlands since last summer.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 2: Arnhem — Nijmegen. Dutch Trappist beer

It was a popular win for Tom Demoulin yesterday. I Dutch rider in pink should give a good pink week end in the Netherlands. He will probably ride in pink until the Giro leaves for Italy.

Stage 2 is a flat 190 km stage, starting in Arnhem, some 35 km south of Apeldoorn. It goes north, south-west, south-east and then north to the finish town Nijmegen, a little south of Arnhem. It is flat, and will probably be won by one of the sprinters, but with little or no time differences. There are bonus seconds, but the best sprinters are more than 10 seconds behind, and will not gain enough time to take the pink jersey.

Giro_2016_02It will be another day with Dutch beer. Yesterday it  those industry beers that are dominating the Dutch market too much. Today, we go for something more interesting. It is time for some Dutch Trappist beer.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 1: Prolog in Apeldoorn. Dutch beer

This year’s Giro starts with a 9.9 km prolog in Apeldoorn in the Netherland, ca 100 km east of Amsterdam.

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We are too far north to find wine, at least to find local wine. This means that we have to start with Dutch beer. Before we start sipping Dutch beer, we have to have a very brief introcuction to beer.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – introduction

 Tomorrow is the start of Giro d’Italia.

In 2010 I started to search for wines along the Tour de France route. It was virtual searches. I searched for wines from the areas, I did not travel in all these areas. (But I would like to do). In 2011 I followed up with Giro d’Italia. Although I did choose French and Italien titles (“Les vins du Tour de France” and “I vini del Giro d’Italia”), they were written in Norwegian. The idea was simply to make Tour the France and Giro d’Italia my plan for learning more about Frenh and Italian wine. But even though France and Italy are the two countries in the world with the highest production  of wine, there are still areas where wine is not produced. When the riders are in these areas, we have to search for interesting beer or something else.

This year I have decided to do versions in English, in addition to the Norwegian versions. I have learned a lot about French and Italian wines by writing these blog series. But still it is easier for me to research the French than the Italian wines. We have an appartement i France, and spend many weeks there — of course drinking french wine while we are there. I read French, but not Italian, meaning that it is easier for me to find information on French wines. I am not pretending to be an expert. It is more like inviting you to join my journey of learning.

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