We head back to the camp site because the kids are bursting to explore the grounds and I’m tired and need a rest after my quota of walking today. Whilst I take a nap, Himself takes the kids for a local walk where they discover the ruined site of a local castle close by.
There are only ditches and mounds to mark the foundations these days because apparently the owner of the castle was a spectacularly nasty man and was intensely disliked by the locals.
Whatever the truth is as to the goings on inside it, the castle gained such a reputation for being haunted that at later time when that owner was out of the picture, the locals tore the entire structure down so not a stone remains.
Later in the afternoon we head back into Leerdam to look for a place to have dinner, and since walking is an issue we find ourselves in the same car park that we used when we went to the Glass Studio, because Himself had noticed that there is an Argentinian restaurant right next door. It’s still a bit early for dinner but the whole family are hungry, and so why not?
The Restaurant is called “La Stancia” and the menu looks wonderful.
Of course the cuisine is heavily meat orientated, but if anyone can cook a steak well I hope an Argentinian can. I don’t often order steak here in The Netherlands because they always seem to mess up cooking it, I don’t want my meat so rare that it’s ”walking” , I do want to see that it’s cooked, but I don’t want it tough as old boots either.
Here I took a gamble and ordered steak, and darn it if it wasn’t drop dead done to total perfection. If only we lived closer!!!!
We get a substantial meal that was excellent, and Little Mr. and Kiwi Daughter were bribed with dessert for finishing salad and sweetcorn on the cob… they shared some of our meat but were more interested in the French fries and bread.
Entertainment was also provided in the shape of a passing hot air balloon, which had the kids craning their necks to see for as long as they could.
The dessert turned out to be wonderful as well and we went away a well fed and very happy family. We didn’t mind going at the beginning of the evening when it was quiet and so we could take our now rather tired kids home for a half-decent bedtime.
Himself and I would love to come back here for a meal again some time… that might take some planning but in the meantime we’ve had an excellent evening.