24 september 2017

Woldendorp church

We started our hike today in Woldendorp, a village in the far north east of the Netherlands and part of the municipality of Delfzijl. This is the Petruskerk (St Peter Church), originally dating from the 13th century. During WW2 the church was badly damaged and needed a lot of renovation work after the war. The grave stones we saw were all from the early 19th century.

The church facade seen from the other side.

The side entrance was a beautiful wooden door.

23 september 2017

22 september 2017

Lange Jaap lighthouse

View on Huisduinen, a small village near Den Helder at the point where the North Sea becomes the Wadden Sea. Across the water in the distance is the island of Texel. The lighthouse is called "Lange Jaap"("Long James"), a cast iron tower constructed in 1822. At a height of 55 m it is one of the tallest traditional lighthouses in the world.

Seen from the other side. I'm linking to Skywatch Friday.

21 september 2017

Kijkduin sea aquarium

From the eight vaults inside Fortress Kijkduin (see also yesterday's post), two are now set up as a sea aquarium. Being there it was so hard to imagine that once soldiers resided here, that there was a shooting gallery, a gun powder room, and everything that was needed in a war..

Visitors walk through a 12 m long underwater tunnel, which was really wonderful. The aquarium, which opened in 1996, is entirely focused on life in the North Sea, so all fish are "local".

20 september 2017

Fortress Kijkduin

We visited Fortress Kijkduin last weekend, located in the dunes of Huisduinen just south of the village of Den Helder. After Napoleon visited Den Helder in 1811 he became aware of the strategic importancy of the town, and wanted to create a big marine harbour here. The fortress in its original form was built in his command.

Nowadays the fortress is a museum, and learning about the history of the fortress and its residents made it an interesting visit. It also played a big role during WW2. The first photo was taken wandering through one of the narrower vaults which had blue lights, and the second photo shows one of the fortress entrances.

19 september 2017

Beach restaurant

The walls and even the ceiling of this beach restaurant near Callantsoog were filled with "sea things" and other stuff.

Fish was swimming everywhere ;)

Colourful art near the entrance stairs of the restaurant.

18 september 2017

Callantsoog beach

At the North Sea beach near the village of Callantsoog last weekend. Dark skies behind us but we were lucky to see the clouds pass us without rain :)

I'm linking to All Seasons.

16 september 2017

Dwingelderveld sheep

Most of the sheep of this flock at the Dwingelderveld was in the shade of the tree. When we stood still for a while to watch them they noticed us and started to turn their heads towards us.

I´m linking to Eileen´s Saturday´s Critters.

15 september 2017


View from a bridge to a bridge to a bridge...   ;)  Photo taken a few weeks ago while out on my bicycle near the village of Stadskanaal.

I'm linking to Weekend Reflections.

14 september 2017

Leeuwarden city street

View into the Grote Kerkstraat on a quiet moment in the city centre of Leeuwarden.

13 september 2017


A pair of glasses made an eye-catching sign..

..in this narrow street in Ribe, Denmark. If I remember well it was on the facade of a real estate agent, most likely the former location of an optician. Both photos were taken last August.

I'm linking to signs, signs.

12 september 2017

Zuidveld bridge

This is the Zuidveld draw bridge crossing the Ruiten-Aa canal in Zuidveld, a hamlet in the Westerwolde region. The word on the bridge 'Zuidveldsluis' refers to the nearby lock, outside the photo.

11 september 2017

Monday Mural

During a recent visit to the City of Leeuwarden I found this mural on an electricity box. It pictures the 'Onze Lieve Vrouwepoort' (The 'Our Lady Gate'), one of three old city gates that originally date from the 15th century.

The mural was an initiative made possible by a local Community Forum that takes care of the liveablity in the city centre.

I'm linking to Monday Mural.

10 september 2017

Sunday hike

After a few rainy days, today was sunny and nice. We made a 14 km walk in the rural Westerwolde region, which is nearby our home town. The path went partly along the German border, the corn fields and windmills across the water are in Germany.

And the road we were on here was called ´Groentje´, meaning ´freshman´ or ´rookie´. A funny name for a road :)

9 september 2017

Sand sculptures

This year's theme of the Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival is "Explore Your Own Country". Dutch regions, buildings and famous attractions are exhibited as sand sculptures. These 2 photos picture some icons of the Efteling, a fantasy-themed amusement park in the town of Kaatsheuvel. The attractions are based on elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore. The park opened in 1952 and in 2016 it was the third most visited theme park in Europe. I have never been there by the way ;)
The figure on the left (with his mouth open) is gobbler Hollow Bulging Gijs ('Hollebolle Gijs' in Dutch) from a Dutch children's song, who could eat a lot but stayed hungry all the time.

And looking over everybody's heads here is Long Neck ('Langnek'), a popular attraction from the Efteling's Fairytale Forest. It's a figure inspired by the Brothers Grimm. You may notice that his neck isn't that long here, the 'real' neck in the Efteling is 4.8 meters!

8 september 2017

Skywatch Friday

This image is from last Sunday, seen from the bench where we sat for a while during our hike in the Dwingelderveld Nat.Park.

I'm linking to Skywatch Friday.

7 september 2017

Cheese and more

This shop located at the Kleine Kerkstraat in the city of Leeuwarden specialises in cheese, nuts, olives, home made salads and much more. The ´cheese-bicycle' on my header photo is part of their advertising. It was right behind me from where I took this photo.

6 september 2017

Warning sign

The last few km to the Dwingelderveld Nat.Park are on small country roads like this. Here we had just passed a camping site. Signs warn for kids crossing the street.

I'm linking to signs, signs.
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