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Europe » Netherlands » Friesland » Leeuwarden July 31st 2019

Today we headed for the Netherlands northern province of Friesland. Much of Friesland has been reclaimed from the North Sea, beginning with the first dikes around the year 1,000 AD. Slowly but surely the early mounds called “terpen” were no longer needed as safe havens for floods and were being abandoned and even removed. Early Friesland looked like open areas with low bush called heide or heath. At times flooded, at times dry, organic materials created peat, which was later mined for fuel. Excavated sites became shallow lakes so popular today for sailers and fishermen. Friesland is full of these lakes. Our first stop for today was Giethoorn. The band U2 had a song with reference to “street with no name”. Well, Giethoorn doesn’t even have streets in many places. Houses are built along canals and ... read more
Giethoorn boats for hire
Giethoorn canals
Giethoorn thatched roofs and flowers

Europe » Netherlands » Friesland May 17th 2018

Hallo Ihr Liebenn. Am 13.05. sind wir von Brügge nach Callantsog, Holland, gefahren. Auf diesem Campingplatz haben wir uns für 3 Tage eingeschrieben. Am Montag sind wir dann mit dem Roller zur Fähre nach der Insel Texel gerollt. Die Fährenauffahrt brachte kleine Probleme, da wir beim Kassenhäuschen zurückgewiesen wurden und uns erklärt wurde, dass wir mit unserem "Schnapper" die Fahrradspur bzw. die Fussgängerpassage benutzen sollen. Den Anordnungen haben wir selbstverständlich Folge geleistet und bekamen auch zwischen all den Fussgängern keine Probleme. Die Insel selber ist wunderschön und wir konnten die letzten blühenden Tulpenfelder bestaunen. Zu unserer Freude erblickten wir in De Koog, Touristenstadt auf der Insel, einen Coiffeursalon. Da wir mit unseren "Löwenmähnen" kaum mehr zurecht kamen, entschieden wir uns den Friseur zu besuchen. Das Innere des Salons üb... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Friesland April 17th 2018

We are extremely impressed by how clean and tidy and pretty are all the Dutch towns. There is no litter anywhere. The houses and gardens are all well kept and all their windows are shiny and clean. Even in the busy front of Volendam with all it's fish shops and bars , there is no litter to be seen. It was here that we finally had some delicious prawns and french fries. There is no seafood on board so we have withdrawal symptoms! There are so many shops and cafes selling gorgeous food in this place right on the sea front so a lovely place to visit. We also visited the pretty town of Edam which is smaller and very cute. One of the attractions of the day was a visit to a cheese making factory ... read more
Along the front in Volendam
Tiz on the breezy front
Attractive Edam

Europe » Netherlands » Friesland » Terschelling August 8th 2017

A reasonable night's rest and a mediocre breakfast (although can't complain for the price) and I was ready for my Waddenzee adventure. Turned out to be a calm one but as I'm winding down my holiday, that seemed like a good idea. Bought a ticket that included both train and boat and made my way past the cows to the coast. Took the lunchtime fast boat from Harlingen and sat next to a guy who quickly realised he was on his way to the wrong island. Luckily, you can island-hop here so he wasn't too stranded. As I only had a few hours on Terschelling, I went to the tourist office to ask what they recommended. They told me about the nearby beach, which I wanted to see anyway. And I was so blown away that ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Friesland » Leeuwarden August 7th 2017

Woke after a reasonable sleep on the boat. Had a look around as I hadn't yesterday - pretty standard set-up but a nice idea to have a room dedicated to North Sea wildlife, and in fact you could have gone to a lecture about that during the voyage and then tried to spot whales and dolphins from the outer deck. But I was glad that I rested. On arrival at IJmuiden port, I got on the transfer bus that took us to Amsterdam central station and after faffing around getting tickets and coffee, I set off for Leeuwarden in Friesland. The train trip took a couple of hours through the flat, green countryside with its canals, wind turbines and herds of Frisian cows. Was still very tired when I arrived at my hotel in the centre ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Friesland August 23rd 2016

Day 7 20160823 Groningen A quite day today, after konking out at 8.30pm last night, and sleeping until 7am! All the bike riding is catching up with me. I must have about 400km (250 miles) in my legs now, which, with a couple rest days says I’m cycling on average 50 miles a day, not a huge amount really. It’s a life of sorts. After my 45 minute run this morning, in anticipation of the Chippenham Half week after next, I walked into Groningen, pronounced GroNINGen. A bit like pronouncing Chippenham, ChiPPENham. Unless you at least try and say it properly people don’t know what you’re talking about. I bought my train tickets (me + bike) and was given yellow & blue tickets; yesterday they were red & white. Being hugely smart I quickly realised that ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Friesland August 23rd 2016

Day 7 20160823 Groningen A quite day today, after konking out at 8.30pm last night, and sleeping until 7am! All the bike riding is catching up with me. I must have about 400km (250 miles) in my legs now, which, with a couple rest days says I’m cycling on average 50 miles a day, not a huge amount really. It’s a life of sorts. After my 45 minute run this morning, in anticipation of the Chippenham Half week after next, I walked into Groningen, pronounced GroNINGen. A bit like pronouncing Chippenham, ChiPPENham. Unless you at least try and say it properly people don’t know what you’re talking about. I bought my train tickets (me + bike) and was given yellow & blue tickets; yesterday they were red & white. Being hugely smart I quickly realised that ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Friesland August 22nd 2016

Day 6 20160822 Makkum to Groningen Today I covered the 135km from Makkum to Groningen. I’d like to say I rode all the way, but I didn’t. I covered the 45km from Makkum to Leeuwarden on my bike, then caught the train from Leeuwarden to Groningen for the last 90km. I reckon the ride would have been about 10 hours, in the rain, across the pancake flat polder; which becomes a kind of desert slog after a while. Anyway, the 45km ride was very pleasant, especially as the tower blocks of Leeuwarden loomed through the misty rain at ‘knoop 56’. The knoop system is brilliant, we need it. Someone start a campaign! When I was in the south I showed the folk I was staying with the Fietsknoop app, and to be honest they were a ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Friesland August 21st 2016

Day 5 20160821 Anna Paulowna to Makkum Arrived in Makkum in south west Friesland today. Tomorrow I’m cycling the 45km to Leeuwarden, and then plan on getting the train to Groningen. The ride to Groningen is 135km, and I’m happy to admit that’s just too far. Also, the outlook is heavy rain, pretty much the first I’ve had forecast in the daytime since arriving in Holland. I rode through a shower just outside Anna Paulowna this morning, but it only lasted five minutes, barely enough to get my longs wet! After a huge breakfast brought to me in my private apartment, from which I was also encouraged to take lunch in a plastic ‘zip up’ bag provided, I set off for the Afsluidijk. It had been pouring with rain all through the night, and when I ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Friesland » Sneek October 5th 2014

We were pushing on as it was the end of September and our original plans were to get to the marina in Lelystad, Netherlands in early October. Unfortunately Janice was having some medical problems which caused her problems with doing too much on the boat so we were taking it slower than normal. This gave us an excuse to make a few stops on the way. Our first stopping off place for an overnight was the village of Grou. We weren’t there long, but did take the time to walk around the town. It was pretty quiet when we were there so we had a relaxing evening in the marina. We did get a chance to meet cruisers from the Czech Republic – that was a first for us – hopefully we will catch up with ... read more
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Someone was REALLY into knitting
It Always Seem Strange to Go OVER a Road




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