A BIRCH TOO FAR One of the pleasures of planning walks in the early Boots and Bowtie days using the old (read “paper”) topographic maps was spotting the symbol which according to the map legend indicated a “remarkable tree”. This would mean a tree that conspicuously differs from the ones around it, or is in … Read more
After years of absence from the site basically due to being busy, we have both lost much of our work because of the virus. This has given us the gift of time and the motivation to get out and walk close to home. We were not supposed to be on public transport until June, and … Read more
When the first warm day was forecast in April after months of virtually unbroken unseasonable cold, Boots and Bowtie decided to get out and visit a place we’d heard about for a long time – the Oostvaardersplassen reserve. This 5600-hectare reserve in the newly-built province (yep, we’re in Holland) of Flevoland was slated to … Read more
Recently we went walking near the Dutch city of Ommen with our friends Margo and Frits. As you know, we usually carry lightweight backpacks, but it was a chilly day so besides a picnic, we also had flasks of tea and extra coats. Frits was kind enough to carry all our baggage. He is immensely … Read more
Update to our Abcoude walk: Sadly, we have to report that walking the short distance to Anna Haen to buy your picnic (or eat their fabulous products on the spot) is no longer an option. They seem to offer cooking classes and meeting space, but there is no farm shop open to the public. Our … Read more
Luxembourg You never meet anyone who emigrated from Luxembourg. This could be because its population is so small (just over half a million) so the odds of meeting one of them outside the country are simply very slim. On the other hand, perhaps they know something we don’t, and so they never leave. It has … Read more
Mrs. Boots wonders why it’s so damn hard to get a good vegetarian meal in a “proper” restaurant.
The Netherlands has an ancient and venerable cheese-making tradition but sadly, much has been lost to modernization. Tourist posters to the contrary, there are Dutch cows today who have never seen a pasture. The system forces many farmers to farm “intensively” – meaning cows are crammed into stalls and fed commercial feeds instead of grazing … Read more
We thought, and still think, that the name Boots and Bowtie neatly conveys the combination of quality food and drink and wholesome physical exercise. It has recently come to our attention that some people consider a bowtie an indication that a man is harmless, maybe even sexually harmless, all right, impotent. We would like to … Read more
Boots and Bowtie go in search of an elusive artisan cheese near the Belgian town of Spa.