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Category: Ramblings | Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:36 am

It's flat! *lol* We were going to drive across the Afsluitdijk, the big dike on the north-western coast, but I managed to direct my husband one exit too far in a roundabout near Heerenveen, so we ended up crossing the Houtribdijk from Lelystad to Enkhuizen instead. It was actaully a good thing, since we've never been there before.

A replica of an old ship in Lelystad harbour:

We had to stop because I spotted this statue. Sjoerd has shown it before. It's called "Exposed" and is huge! Locally they call it "The Pooping Man":

The wind blows hard in these parts, so someone took proper precautions:

Ok, then, let's get going again:

This is the dike road. It runs for nearly 30 km, or so the GPS insisted:

There were so many birds gathered on both sides of the dike road that I was beginning to wonder if there were any birds left in the rest of Holland at all! All those white dots this side of the rocks are swans:

We stayed at a farmer's camp site, and this was our view:

The town Hoorn is just north of Amsterdam. To my eyes it's very Dutch, and I like it a lot. Here are some street-and-house-photos:

Harbour tower from the land side:

Harbour tower from the seaside:

I wonder if these ducks were waiting for a guide to take them on a canal tour:

Hoorn has some really narrow alleys:

The houses aren't quite straight:

There are so many lovely details to see if you keep your eyes away from the shop fronts:

I love the little passageways, even though they aren't straight either:

There are pretty facades, gates and back gardens too:

This cat had found a secluded corner:

An ophans' home:

The house of Dadaism, formerly a church:

I think I prefer these decorations:

Plants manage to grow anywhere, even on brick walls:

This heron has managed to train the people from the fish shop across the road to feed it, so it's just sitting there, waiting for lunch:

We visited friends in Holland. This is not one of them, but it's very decorative:

A bit of our friends' garden:

I got to sit on this bench:

The blooms were lovely:

So were these potatoes:

Thanks, Sjoerd and missus, for the tour and taters. :D

When we were in Holland three years ago, we went down there to look at a Hosta, and then we went home. This time we wanted to sightsee and visit the Floriade. We went to lots of places around Hoorn. A small steam train is running between Horn and Medemblik, so we decided to take that:

For some strange reason the landscape was still flat:

The old station buildings are well maintained:

Rollin' 'round the bend:

The farmers had brought out the heavy machinery:

One half of this station building is a home:


They have a nice windmill there:

We could take this boat to visit an outdoor museum, but we passed. It was raining pretty hard:

We also visited Volendam. It's a pretty little town:

That was a fun day out, even though we had problems finding the way and other small mishaps. :D

I hope I didn't bore anybody too much with all these photos. I think I'll show the Floriade and steam train museum another day.

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eileen wrote on Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:24 am:

Bore us - NEVER!!

I thoroughly enjoyed your trip and seeing Hoorn again. It's been too long since I was there.
Ian and I wanted to go to the Floriada this year (we were there last time - ten years ago) but, sadly, the roof had to come first. I'm really looking forward to the photographs you took while you were there.

Again thanks for the memories Droopy and for allowing us to travel with you.

Cayuga Morning wrote on Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:52 am:

Droopy--Truly charming. Thank you.


Kay wrote on Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:43 pm:

I loved seeing pics of your holiday Droopy. Not a bit boring. What a charming place. Those not-so-straight buildings would drive my Bob nuts because he is a builder, but I love them.


toni wrote on Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:40 pm:

No yawn of boredom coming from my computer....more photos please.

Don't you just love Sjoerd's garden!!!


Philip Nulty wrote on Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:42 pm:

Great tour Droopy,..Holland and Belgium really do have beautiful decorated buildings,..oh and those wooden boats,..drool,..very enjoyable viewing your pictures,..the more the merrier.


Droopy wrote on Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:12 pm:

Thanks for not getting bored from all my holiday photos. :D

Eileen, I hope you'll be able to visit Hoorn again soon. It's such a special place, mostly because of a very special couple who live there.

Thank you CM. :D

Kay, just tell Bob they were straight to start with. *lol* Some of those houses are 400 years old, what can one expect?

toni, I do! It's delightful and that's that.

Thanks Philip. Those boats are so nice, but I shudder to think of the hard work that goes into keeping them.


Frank wrote on Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:02 pm:

Thank you for posting your Netherlands photos Droopy, it's really great that we can travel along with you! And thank you to Sjoerd and missus also for being such kind guides to you.

I like that heron, he has life sorted.


cherylad wrote on Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:54 pm:

I enjoyed the photos too!


greenfairy wrote on Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:50 am:

wow! great holiday photos, felt as if i was along too. thanks for sharing droopy.

jarymo wrote on Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:57 pm:

I so enjoyed your pictures and look forward to more!!

sewNsow wrote on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:15 pm:

I found your pictures very interesting.I have never traveled out of this country so they are a treat.sewNsow


Droopy wrote on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:12 pm:

Thank you all, for liking my entry.

Frank, I'll be certain to thank them both. :D


Sjoerd wrote on Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:11 pm:

Boy, oh boy--you sure put a nice show with commentary together here.
I looked at them a couple of times then called my partner over to have a look. We really enjoyed it.

You took some very good fotos. That is a good little camera that you have.

I liked the entertaining commentary that you wrote along with the pics. All in all--just a super posting, miss!

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