Paolo loves to study the weather forecast. Lately it’s been pretty much CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF CLOUDS so when today comes up as 65 degrees and sunny it’s time to hop on the bikes and ride! Through Delfshaven and over to Lloydkwartier where we catch a little ferry down the Maas River to Heijplaat, a strangely tidy, strangely decorated and strangely deserted town originally built for dockworkers in the 1930s, ride past the piles of shipping containers and onto Quarantaineweg, the site of a former smallpox quarantine station whose overgrown brick buildings now contain an artists’ colony beside a shambling little farm complete with frolicking pigs and mini ponies. Finally, the secret beach: sun, sand and beautifully striped seashells. On a late winter’s day, this is paradise.