Most Dutch canals traverse long expanses of green meadows--some being below water level--which can get tedious.
Our first full day out, we were met by these channel markers. What would you do?
Docking in Holland is easy, partly because all of Crown Blue Line's boats have wide side decks, which make it easy to reach pilings and dock rings.
Two challenges facing the cruiser are the many one-way drawbridges, most of which are controlled by lights, and the fact that Holland's canals are a kayaker's heaven. In short, you definitely have to keep you eyes peeled.
Ever paid to traverse a drawbridge? Bet you haven't tossed the toll money into a swinging wooden shoe.
Cruisers get spectaular views of the country's famous windmills.
Tie up to get a closer look at Geithoorn's canals or dine by the Waaterpoort.
Fishing nets adorn Elburg.
French fries for sale in town.
A Sloten resident in period dress.
A typical lunch menu.
Everything seems picturesque in Holland: bustling towns; quiet canals; and bike paths.
Sometimes thinking outside the box brings you even farther—like say Minorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands. That’s where the Minorca 42 Islander is built, based on a traditional Mediterranean design.
Have a closer look at her here. ▶