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Holiday 2012 - The Netherlands
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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Droopy--Truly charming. Thank you.
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.
No yawn of boredom coming from my computer....more photos please.
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.
Thanks for not getting bored from all my holiday photos. :D
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 enjoyed the photos too!
wow! great holiday photos, felt as if i was along too. thanks for sharing droopy.
I so enjoyed your pictures and look forward to more!!
I found your pictures very interesting.I have never traveled out of this country so they are a treat.sewNsow
Thank you all, for liking my entry.
Boy, oh boy--you sure put a nice show with commentary together here.
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