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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A few Days in Dutchland

This is the second part from my short trip to see Dee and Gerben for their wedding in the Netherlands.

Evening at the back of the house
Evening at the back of the house

View from the garden
View from the garden

At the Mirnser Kliff
At the Mirnser Kliff – about 5 minutes away with the bicycle. Most of the cars are from Germany.

Preparations for the party
Preparations for the party

Preparations for the party
Gerbens brother was here to help.

That went quite well and did not even took a long time
That went quite well and did not even took a long time

Time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner

Time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner
Since the tent went up so fast there was ample time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner

How to get to the bed now?
How to get to the bed now?

The view in the morning towards the Ijsselmeer
The view in the morning towards the Ijsselmeer

Sunset trip round the countryside
Sunset trip round the countryside

Sunset trip round the countryside

Sunset trip round the countryside

Back in Amsterdam at the Bus Station
Back in Amsterdam at the Bus Station

Just what you need - two hours customs control
Just what you need – two hours customs control