Hilary and Zach
Welcome all! We are so glad to be able to share such and exciting event in our lives with so many friends and family. We are truly appreciative of everyone who will spend their time and resources to come celebrate our union. We truly mean it when we say that seeing you at our wedding is really the best and only gift we want. As an established couple with a lovely, but extremely tiny home, there is little in the way of home goods we need, or could even make room for without parting with possessions we already love. And if we thought that we could just tell you not to bring us gifts, and leave it at that, we truly would. However, we are not immune to the fear of becoming victims to the dreaded "Curse of the Seventeen Toasters", and would prefer to think of you fondly as we look at pictures of our honeymoon, instead of while trying to jam our cabinets shut. We are taking a week long bike and sail tour of the Netherlands which perfectly combines Hilary's obsession with two-wheeled transportation, Zach's love of ships from the Golden Age of Sail, and Octavia's fondness of sightseeing, souvenir shopping and smoked eel! For those who appreciate the marvels and ease of the electronic age, there is an option to give by credit card. However, for those more attuned to a kinder, simpler age, we love cards and paper given in person just as much, and you can choose that option instead. See you all soon!Lelystad, The Netherlands Volendam, The Netherlands Amsterdam, The Netherlands United States Medemblik, The Netherlands
The most modern way to travel! Faster than a dirigible (if perhaps not nearly as cool).
The Soeverein, a 3-master built in the style of the East Indiamen merchant ships of the 17th Century, will be our home away from home as we sail the Ijsselmeer, the dutch inland sea.
There is no better way to experience the windmills and scenic villages of the polders than on beautiful dutch bicycles. It's even better if Zach doesn't have to ride on my handlebars!
I said "Memories of a lifetime", not "a lifetime without memories". Help us keep our memory drives safe!
We start our voyage at the Batavia shipyard Museum, which has a replica of the Dutch East India Company Ship Batavia. Museum tickets will allow us to go on the ship itself, and visit the dockyard w...
From Lelystad, the Soeverein sails across the Ijsselmeer to Urk. Since the draining of the Noordoost polders, several former Zuiderzee islands are now part of the mainland. The harbour town of Urk ...
After breakfast we sail from Urk to Stavoren in Friesland. The infamous Mata Hari hails from Leeuwarden, the largest city in Freisland. The Elfstedentocht (11 town race) ice skating marathon throu...
In the morning we set sail from Stavoren to Enkhuizen. Under the guidance of the crew, we can help set the sails, steer the ship or learn how to read a nautical chart. The living history Zuiderzee ...
The Soeverein sails in the morning for about two hours from Enkhuizen to the historical Ijsselmeer town of Hoorn. Sailors and cyclers then meet up for lunch on board. Afterwards, it's back on the b...
We might either sail or cycle from Hoorn to Volendam, and have lunch on board; afterwards we'll take a short cycling tour from Volendam to Monnickendam, Edam, or Marken. Marken is also a former i...
On the last day, we sail back to Lelystad. The cycling tour of this day takes us through a unique region: the Nature Reserve Oostvaardersplassen. Since its reclamation from the freshwater lake IJss...