|July 29, 2012
Today we biked 70 KMS (2601 calories burned). Not sure if the calorie count will be accurate since we cycled the majority of the day in the Saskatchewan Hills (strong headwind). It should be higher because of the wind, but maybe lower because of the pit stop in Deventer (great apple pie and “cream”).
As the 3rd part of our trip yesterday, we traveled through a very successful agricultural area—again, many dairy farms.
We also have noted in our last 3 days there have been many Shetland Ponies.
The highlight today was biking through Deventer. This was a Medieval Hanseatic town. You ask what is a Hanseatic town—see the excerpt from Wikipedia:
The Hanseatic League (also known as the Hanse or Hansa; Low German: Hanse, Dudesche Hanse, Latin: Hansa, Hansa Teutonica or Liga Hanseatica) was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. It stretched from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland during the Late Middle Ages and early modern period (c. 13th–17th centuries).
The League was created to protect economic interests and diplomatic privileges in the cities and countries and along the trade routes the merchants visited. The Hanseatic cities had their own legal system and furnished their own armies for mutual protection and aid. Despite this, the organization was not a city-state, nor can it be called a confederation of city-states; only a very small number of the cities within the league enjoyed autonomy and liberties comparable to those of a free imperial city.
The legacy of the Hansa is remembered today in several names, for example the German airline Lufthansa (i.e., 'Air Hansa'), F.C. Hansa Rostock, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, in the Netherlands, the Hansa Brewery in Bergen, and the Hansapank in Estonia.
In regard to the Garden of the day, we have never seen so many beautiful gardens—it is hard to take pictures that reflect these gardens (Lorne, I need a tutorial).
Lorne, I now have a great appreciation of the research you did before our Trip, which was reflected in your Blogs.
Tomorrow, we will be traveling through the Forest back to Oosterbeek.
Al & Sue