Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This Week's MENU. MENU's Scandinavian Road Trip on a Shoestring. Part 1: North Holland and Germany

Poppies and Dutch windmills, ancient and modern, North Holland



The road to Scandinavia is littered with good intentions. We have been on it for 2½ weeks and this, other than a series of Facebook, Linked in and Twitter posts and photographs published on Instagram, is the first issue of MENU since before we left home. As we write this, we are in Denmark having driven from Holland through Germany, Denmark and Sweden to Norway and we are now en route to Schipol and home at the end of the week. We’ll have more in the next issue

We decided, while we are still fit and able, to travel more. For the last two years it was Lynne’s turn to show John places she loved which he had not visited: Greece and Turkey and then Hong Kong. John worked in Oslo in Norway in the late 1960’s while he trained to be a photographer, so this year we decided to go north – no wine farms, probably no restaurants as we heard it was very, very expensive (it is!) but a great trip to plan. We don’t like organised tours and the thought of a bus trip is a complete anathema. So the plan was to fly to Schipol in Holland, hire a car, and drive to Scandinavia, through Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway – and back
We left Holland at 9 am and drove across the huge Ijsselmeerdijk to Friesland and then crossed the border into Germany. Our first stop would be Hamburg. The German autobahns are legendary – well they were; it seems that all over the north they are rebuilding them and widening them. What we imagined would be a lovely day’s drive was hell. Two lanes squeezed onto the oncoming side, so tight that we really feared for the car’s sides


MENU's Wine of the Week; Du Toitskloof Chenin Blanc 2017     in a box. Not entirely Tongue-in-Cheek. 
 When we travel, we mitigate the high prices of wine in other countries by packing a 3 litre box of quaffable wine in each suitcase. Gentle acidity; apple and tropical fruit flavours. Perfect for a sundowner: here on the stoep of a Swedish wooden cabin in Varberg
23rd May 2017
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