20 mei 2015
19 mei 2015
18 mei 2015
Yesterday afternoon we visited the Fraeylemaborg in the town of Slochteren in the province of Groningen. The Dutch word borg means a former stronghold or villa. The Fraeylemaborg dates from the 16th century and was rebuilt several times in the ages that followed. It is currently a museum, owned by the Gerrit van Houten Foundation. Nice fact is that the villa and estate are also a wedding-location.
17 mei 2015
The white with blue buildings that you see on the top left belong to the UMCG, the University Medical Center Groningen, the main hospital of the city.
16 mei 2015
15 mei 2015
14 mei 2015
These somewhat angry looking cows..
..and this one fiercely shaking its head (NO NO I don't want to be photographed!!) were at the Balloohoeve in the small village of Balloo today, near Rolde. The Balloohoeve is a so-called 'care farm'. The purpose of care farming is to promote mental and physical health by giving vulnerable people the opportunity to spend time working on the land. Care farms can provide supervised and structured programs of farming-related activities, including animal husbandry, crop and vegetable production and woodland management. We see these farms a lot here in the Netherlands.
The Balloohoeve also sells locally produced products (including meat from its own livestock), serves coffee, tea and ice-cream, and even has a small campsite.
13 mei 2015
For more signs around the world please visit signs, signs.
12 mei 2015
11 mei 2015
10 mei 2015
The word stins originally comes from West Frisian stienhus (Dutch steenhuis) 'stone house', shortened to stins. A stins is a former stronghold or villa in the province of Friesland. Many stinsen carry the name 'state' (related to English 'estate').
9 mei 2015
Kos Island, Greece (2013)
Enjoy your weekend!
Enjoy your weekend!
8 mei 2015
This particular cappuccino was served by a very friendly staff, and included a small glass of water and a mini 'stroopwafel' or 'syrup waffle', a popular Dutch sweet cookie.
7 mei 2015
6 mei 2015
5 mei 2015
If you would like to read more about the meaning of May 4 (Remembrance Day) and May 5 in the Netherlands please visit the official website HERE.
I made this photo of a pavement stone in Utrecht a few years ago.
4 mei 2015
Originally there was a chapel situated on the site of the current church. In 1247, the chapel became the parish church and was named Onze Lieve Vrouwe ter Aa ("Our Lady at the Aa") - the Aa being the nearby river. Groningen had 2 centers at the time, one of them was around the chapel. Here lived the fishermen and the traders.
In the 15th century the chapel was changed into a brick church.