A Week in the Netherlands in Fall 2017 – Part 2 – Groningen

Gerben worked a lot to finish the houseboat in Groningen. Went with him and Dee for a day to look at the city. The old part is quite nice and there are lots to see.

‎⁨Verbindingskanaal⁩ in Groningen
‎⁨Verbindingskanaal⁩ in Groningen

Sint Jozefkathedraal
Sint Jozefkathedraal

Sint Jozefkathedraal
Sint Jozefkathedraal

Sint Jozefkathedraal
Sint Jozefkathedraal

Sint Jozefkathedraal

St. Anthony Gasthuis
St. Anthony Gasthuis

Tower of the Martinikerk
Tower of the Martinikerk

Town hall at Grotemarkt - note the flag!
Town hall at Grotemarkt – note the flag!

Lunch time!
Lunch time!

Of course the German has to park in the middle of the square
Of course the German has to park in the middle of the square

The building now houses a supermarket
The building now houses a supermarket

Nice tower
Nice tower

Along the Brugstraat
Along the Brugstraat

The Noordelijk Scheepward Museum
The Noordelijk Scheepward Museum

Another water street
Another water street

View towards Noorderhaven
View towards Noorderhaven

House at Noorderhaven street
House at Noorderhaven street

I think the locals call it the dot. There is also a beach bar.
I think the locals call it the dot. There is also a beach bar.

Perfect spot!
Perfect spot!

At Kolendrift street
At Kolendrift street

Another great sunset at the house
Another great sunset at the house

Fresh from the garden
Fresh from the garden

There was real food as well! Thank you Dee!
There was real food as well! Thank you Dee!

Food!

You get it - I am sure
You get it – I am sure

Off season - the best time
Off season – the best time of the year

Quite and calm
Quite and calm

Enough fun for today!
Enough fun for today!

When you just got the kid out of the water and put the dry cloths on
When you just got the kid out of the water and put the dry cloths on

Quality time in the late afternoon
Quality time in the late afternoon

Blue sky in the day - clouds for a perfect sun set sky!
Blue sky in the day – clouds for a perfect sun set sky!

Bike tour today to ⁨Stavoren⁩.
Bike tour today to ⁨Stavoren⁩.

Coming back from the ‎⁨Ijsselmeer⁩
Coming back from the ‎⁨Ijsselmeer

Nice old boats
Nice old boats

Harbour in Stavoren⁩
Harbour in Stavoren

I love the quiet times in the garden
I love the quiet times in the garden

8:52 at the train station in Stavoren⁩. Gray sky to say good-bye
8:52 at the train station in Stavoren⁩. Gray sky to say good-bye

Waiting for the train to fill up
Waiting for the train to fill up

Dee is inside the phone again
Dee is inside the phone again

10:01 in Leuwaarden. The next train.
10:01 in Leuwaarden. The next train.

11:35 close to Olst
11:35 close to Olst

12:27 in Velp⁩
12:27 in Velp⁩

14:44 in Düsseldorf
14:44 in Düsseldorf

15:12 at Cologne train station
15:12 at Cologne train station

16:02 in Andernach⁩ at the Rhine river
16:02 in Andernach⁩ at the Rhine river

A few minutes later in Kettig⁩
A few minutes later in Kettig⁩

Church in ‎⁨Sankt Goarshausen
Church in ‎⁨Sankt Goarshausen

The famous Loreley
The famous Loreley

18:24 close to Mannheim⁩
18:24 close to Mannheim

19:07 made it to Stuttgart. Took the tram to Marienplatz and now I have to wait for the bus.
19:07 made it to Stuttgart. Took the tram to Marienplatz and now I have to wait for the bus.

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A Week in the Netherlands in Fall 2017 – Part 1

Visited Dee and Gerben in Spring in Amsterdam. Now they are back in Mirns – a good time to come over for a week and enjoy the quiet countryside.
Got another one of the less than 100€ Euro travel train tickets both ways. Early in the morning I got up and walked down to the bus station.

6:38 at the bus stop - not a nice time for me
6:38 at the bus stop – not a nice time for me

7:13 in the train with a few croissants and coffee
7:13 in the train with a few croissants and coffee

7:56 in a new train - the other one broke down!
7:56 in a new train – the other one broke down! After 20 minutes I can take any train not only the trains that are printed on my ticket. Great on the way back so you can catch a faster train. Does not help on the way to the Netherlands. The last train station is so small that there are only a few trains a day.

9:49 - along the Rhine river
9:49 – along the Rhine river

8 seconds later
8 seconds later

11:57 and some time to kill in Düsseldorf. It is very ugly next to the train station here
11:57 and some time to kill in Düsseldorf. It is very ugly next to the train station here. So I had a beer in the cold and walked back to catch the next train.

13:05 in the next train
13:05 in the next train

14:37 and we are in the Netherlands since 4 minutes!
14:37 and we are in the Netherlands since 4 minutes!

15:47 in the next train in Zwolle train station
15:47 in the next train in Zwolle train station

Big sky with the church tower of Wirdum in the back
Big sky with the church tower of Wirdum in the back

16:58 at Leuwarden train station
16:58 at Leuwarden train station

17:47 close to ‎⁨Wijtgaard⁩ in ⁨Friesland
17:47 close to ‎⁨Wijtgaard⁩ in ⁨Friesland

And finally at 17:56 in Stavoren⁩ - only 63 minutes late

The old part of Stavoren is built at the harbour. From the train station you walk over the bridge and you are right in the center
The old part of Stavoren⁩ is build at the harbour. From the train station, you walk over the bridge and you are right in the centre. Somehow it is amazing how you can travel from a big city to nowhere with a few train rides. Still, I do not really like to ride the train. Hmmm.

View from the bridge
View from the bridge

Walked down to the shore line to catch a view over the water
Walked down to the shore line to catch a view over the water

This is what I call a room with a view - if you have this room
This is what I call a room with a view – if you have this room

The light towers mark the way for the ships to get to the harbour
The light towers mark the way for the ships to get to the harbour

Walked back to the city supermarket for some food and Gerben
Walked back to the city supermarket for some food. Gerben will pick me up from here.

Nice one!
Nice one!

2,19 € for a small bag of pimped toast bread?
2,19 € for a small bag of pimped toast bread?

There he is - Gerben with the Yellow Submarine
There he is – Gerben with the Yellow Submarine

Close to Warns - the dike to the right
Close to Warns – the dike to the right

Friendly Frieslanders
Friendly Frieslanders

Most of the road is on the dike - great views!
Most of the road is on the dike – great views!

A nice drive that is
A nice drive that is

Sunset at the house in Mirns
Sunset at the house in Mirns

Hello!
Hello!

The house
The house

Nestled in a green corner
Nestled in a green corner

It comes with a little shed full of garden chairs and stuff
It comes with a little shed full of garden chairs and stuff

The garden towards the water in the day
The garden towards the water in the day

Happy Monkey
Happy Monkey

Hello horse!
Hello horse!

Even more happy monkey
Even more happy monkey

Beer o clock - waiting for the show
Beer o clock – waiting for the show

This chair!
This chair!

Now that is what I call great cinema
Now that is what I call great cinema

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The Netherlands early Summer 2017 – Edam

From the campground to Edam or Amsterdam takes about the same time with the bicycle. And I was so many times in Amsterdam but only one time in Edam – so it was Edam today. You pedal in the general direction until you pass a signpost with the bike routes on it. Now you find your number and follow the route along flowery meadows, ponds and ditches, bridges, a lot of cows and sheep, winding dykes, waving reeds, old and new farmhouses and an old windmill if you lucky. The land is flat and as long as you do not face wind from the front it is super easy. I decided to bike over Volendam and along the water to get to Edam and circle back against the clock to the campground.

Volendam

View from Volendam
View from Voloendam out on the sea

Snack time in Volendam⁩
Snack time in Volendam – the birds liked me all of a sudden since I had Hummus with bread. Turns out they did not really care for Hummus after all.

Kathammer Molen Windmill

Kathammer Windmill
This mill was built around 1650. It burned down in 1896 and was rebuild. In 1911 the blades and the roof were removed and the mill became a pumping station. In 1986 the mill was finally restored and operates again

Team green
Team green

Edam

Edam
Edam! It is not allowed to ride from Volendam to Edam on the dam – you can only walk so I had a nice view of – nothing for a while but what to do? But I can assure you – there is water on the right! Behind the dyke!

Townhall Edam
Town hall Edam – it is still in use for marriage and other ceremonies.

Townhall Edam Detail
Townhall Edam Detail

Lots of red brick buildings and narrow paths
Lots of red brick buildings and narrow paths

Carillon Tower from 1561 The Church of Our Dear Lady
The Carillon Tower from 1561. Next to it is the Church of Our Dear Lady (Kleine or Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk in Dutch) or what is left of it. The first church was built around 1350 and the last one was demolished in 1882. All that is left is the small part to support the tower. When I took this picture the tower had 37 bells. Now it has 5 more!

Shells on the church's ground
Shells on the church’s ground

Decoration over an entrance at Lingerzijde
Decoration over an entrance at Lingerzijde

Decoration over an entrance at Lingerzijde

Entrance with window
Entrance with window

View from a bridge towards the Oorgat
View from a bridge towards the Oorgat

Old watergate to regulate the water level
Old watergate to regulate the water level

Edam Cheese market

At the Cheesemarket in Edam
At the Cheesemarket in Edam. This is what Edam is known for – the Edam Cheese!

At the Cheesemarket in Edam

At the Cheesemarket in Edam

At the Cheesemarket in Edam

Taking the boat to town

Sometimes you have to cross a town. There are bridges all over the place and nice people who make a living open and close those bridges.

Slowly the bridge opens
Slowly the bridge opens

Half way up
Half way up

There you go
There you go

Finally open water
Finally open water

The next bridge awaits
The next bridge awaits

St. Nicolas Church

Various stages of the construction. It is built on piles and the weight had to be kept at a minimum. The vaulted ceiling for example is a wooden copy of a stone ceiling.
Various stages of the construction.
Grote Kerk or St. Nicholaaskerk as the church is known here was build at the beginning of the 15th Century. A few times lightning stroke the church and it burned down and was rebuilt. It is one of the largest 3 ridged churches in Europe. It is built on piles and the weight had to be kept to a minimum because the ground is not stable. The vaulted ceiling, for example, is made from wood instead of stone.

St. Nicolas church

Grave Stones
Like in other churches some people got buried right in the church

Stained glass windows
Stained glass windows

Stained glass windows donated as gifts from neighboring towns
Most of the stained glass windows where donated as gifts from neighboring towns

More windows

More windows

St. Nicholaaskerk,

The organ of St. Nicolas church
The organ of St. Nicolas church

There was an Art Exhibition about the war in Syria
There was an Art Exhibition about the war in Syria

Coffee in the church
There was an old lady selling coffee in the church so I had one. Tried one of the local treats as well – quite eatable if you are hungry.
After the church it was time to pedal back and wait for the guys. It was a nice week and I love to bike in Waterland. Somehow you arrive in this part of Holland and calm down in an instant. The same goes for Friesland – where I was a few weeks later.

The Train back home again

Omi's Apfelstudel - in a bottle? But it is Vegan!
Omi's Apfelstudel – in a bottle? But it is Vegan!

Castle
A few more castles on the way home and 6 times changing of the train as well. Well well….

Castle



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