Mondays are not busy work days in Dordrecht and many tourist aimed sites are closed. But this did not detract from how pretty the city is. We had a long walk around the canals and along the waterway and met the cutest Boxer along the way. His owner told us about the artists of the town. And how wealthy children were sent to study under Rembrandt.

A coffee break interrupted our ambling around and just before lunch time we did some shopping.

Today’s picnic was at De Biesenbosch which has a blue flag beach.

We walked around but did not see any beavers. However we did come across a Shepherd and his flock.

After lunch we headed to the nursery to get a gas canister for Mark’s Weber and then did grocery shopping. We went back to Mark’s place to make sure the canister was correct and spent time chatting to his house mates. Dave and I then walked back along the dijk and relaxed before Mark came for supper.

Amsterdam to Streefkerk

Our first task was to get a data Sim card and once that was done, Dave bought train tickets. We got the intercity from Schiphol to Dordrecht. Had I known there was free WiFi on the train I might have not bothered with the Sim until Mark was with us. But hindsight is twenty twenty vision! Mark was waiting for us and we drove to the old city where we had battered and deep fried fish pieces for lunch.

We bought cravettes from the fish vendor at the market and then sat down for a beer. Our vaccine QR code doesn’t scan but thankfully the owner accepted our vaccine cards. Hopefully in time there will be a universal system in place, if it remains necessary.

After that we shopped for whisky at a specialist bottle store and then headed to Nieuw-Lekkerland. We did grocery shopping for dinner at the supermarket and then Dave got fresh veggies from the green grocer and mince from the butcher. I bought a few things at the supermarket and a huge round eclair for dessert at the bakery. It is worth keeping in mind that many shops don’t accept credit cards for groceries etc. and you need a debit card or cash. Mark then dropped us off at the Guest House and left us to settle in. We had a lovely family dinner and a late night for all of us.