We actually spent quite a bit of time in The Netherlands, encountering small towns, forests, sand dunes, beach, islands, ferries, resorts, etc. Here is the picture slideshow telling the rest of the story:
First thing we do in The Netherlands is hit the beach at the Hook of Holland. The wind beat us with sand, but I didn't care!
Windmill play a dominant feature in the landscape. While some looked very pretty, others added an industrial quality to the land that I didn't appreciate as much.
Juxtaposition of old and new:)
We didn't just go to bigger places like Rotterdam and Amsterdam, we also went into some smaller places as well.
What we loved about Dutch communities is that they all tend to embrace the canal as their dominant feature, with the canal acting as a main street. It made for truly beautiful public spaces.
We were surprised to find this landscape on the West Coast. I personally had expected endless beach and ocean views, but this was better because it was unanticipated and very pretty!
And we saw a fox!
Beautiful windmill placement.
Found the beach again on the islands.
Our ride was at one point obstructed by ponies.
Discovered a large sand dune.
This view reminded me of one of those Japanese gardens.
We really didn't like how significant swaths of the coastline had been taken over with endless pavement. The water was pretty, but the land was not.
I finally got my time in the sun. Still rather cold!