41 posts match "Netherlands - Netherlands" - select title or scroll down to see posts
 
Newest firstNewest   Oldest firstOldest   A to Z   Z to A
 
  1.  Book club books    11 December 2017    Maastricht Netherlands,
         11 Dec 2017
  Maastricht, Netherlands  
  2.  Bikes in The Hague    16 June 2020    Film Motorcycles The Hague Netherlands,
         16 Jun 2020
  Film, The Hague, Netherlands, Motorcycles  
  3.  The Sisters Under the Arches    28 June 2020    Film Maastricht Netherlands,
         28 Jun 2020
  Netherlands, Maastricht, Film  
  4.  Nieuwe Kerk with a fish eye    3 October 2020    Delft Netherlands,
         3 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Delft  
  5.  Canal, leaves, and car    4 October 2020    Delft Netherlands,
         4 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Delft  
  6.  Delft canal    5 October 2020    Delft Netherlands,
         5 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Delft  
  7.  Say cheese    6 October 2020    Delft Netherlands,
         6 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Delft  
  8.  Giethoorn    7 October 2020    Giethoorn Netherlands,
         7 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Giethoorn  
  9.  Giethoorn's canals    8 October 2020    Giethoorn Netherlands,
         8 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Giethoorn  
10.  On the lake    9 October 2020    Giethoorn Netherlands,
         9 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Giethoorn  
11.  Balgstuw Ramspol    10 October 2020    Balgstuw Ramspol Netherlands,
         10 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Balgstuw Ramspol  
12.  Belterwijde lake    11 October 2020    Giethoorn Netherlands,
         11 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Giethoorn  
13.  Ten Post    12 October 2020    Ten Post Netherlands,
         12 Oct 2020
  Ten Post, Netherlands  
14.  Ten Post church    14 October 2020    Ten Post Netherlands,
         14 Oct 2020
  Ten Post, Netherlands  
15.  Ten Post art museum    15 October 2020    Ten Post Netherlands,
         15 Oct 2020
  Ten Post, Netherlands  
16.  Ten Post art museum    16 October 2020    Ten Post Netherlands,
         16 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Ten Post  
17.  On top of the dome    17 October 2020    Ten Post Netherlands,
         17 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Ten Post  
18.  Woman on bike    18 October 2020    Ten Post Netherlands,
         18 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Ten Post  
19.  In a Groningen bar    19 October 2020    Groningen Netherlands,
         19 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Groningen  
20.  Along a canal    20 October 2020    Groningen Netherlands,
         20 Oct 2020
  Groningen, Netherlands  
21.  A lot of bikes    21 October 2020    Groningen Netherlands,
         21 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Groningen  
22.  In a cafe    22 October 2020    Groningen Netherlands,
         22 Oct 2020
  Groningen, Netherlands  
23.  On a ferry    23 October 2020    Netherlands,
         23 Oct 2020
  Netherlands  
24.  Election day    24 October 2020    Politics (Canada) Schiermonnikoog Netherlands,
         24 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Schiermonnikoog, Politics (Canada)  
25.  On a bike    25 October 2020    Schiermonnikoog Netherlands,
         25 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Schiermonnikoog  
26.  Field, town and lighthouse    26 October 2020    Schiermonnikoog Netherlands,
         26 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Schiermonnikoog  
27.  Island residents    27 October 2020    Schiermonnikoog Netherlands,
         27 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Schiermonnikoog  
28.  Biking on Schiermonnikoog    28 October 2020    Schiermonnikoog Netherlands,
         28 Oct 2020
  Netherlands, Schiermonnikoog  
29.  Wetlands    29 October 2020    Schiermonnikoog Netherlands,
         29 Oct 2020
  Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands  
30.  Traveling south    30 October 2020    Netherlands,
         30 Oct 2020
  Netherlands  
31.  On the train to Leiden    31 October 2020    Netherlands,
         31 Oct 2020
  Netherlands  
32.  Along the Nieuwe Rijn    2 November 2020    Leiden Netherlands,
         2 Nov 2020
  Netherlands, Leiden  
33.  Draw bridge    3 November 2020    Leiden Netherlands,
         3 Nov 2020
  Leiden, Netherlands  
34.  Lunch in Leiden    4 November 2020    Leiden Netherlands,
         4 Nov 2020
  Leiden, Netherlands  
35.  A gathering in Leiden    6 November 2020    Leiden Netherlands,
         6 Nov 2020
  Leiden, Netherlands  
36.  Leiden canal    8 November 2020    Leiden Netherlands,
         8 Nov 2020
  Leiden, Netherlands  
37.  Maastricht water wheel    9 November 2020    Maastricht Netherlands,
         9 Nov 2020
  Netherlands, Maastricht  
38.  Book shopping in Maastricht    10 November 2020    Maastricht Netherlands,
         10 Nov 2020
  Netherlands, Maastricht  
39.  Windmill    12 November 2020    Netherlands,
         12 Nov 2020
  Netherlands  
40.  View from Burcht van Leiden    15 November 2020    Leiden Netherlands,
         15 Nov 2020
  Netherlands, Leiden  
41.  In Deventer    17 December 2020    Netherlands,
         17 Dec 2020
  Netherlands  
 
 
 
1. Book club books
11 Dec 2017    Maastricht, Netherlands 
S   M   L
1. Book club books   
11 Dec 2017    Maastricht, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Books are willing to wait. Jenny Erpenbeck
 

My book club meets today. It's both poetry day and the day we choose books for the coming year. Unfortunately, my exposure to poetry is limited to reading reviews in the New Yorker and listening to music lyrics. To actually sit and read a book of poetry, well that is something I just never do.

As to next year's book choice, I've taken a safe tack and chosen one I've already read. Last year I saddled the club with one of those big Russian novels I'd long wanted to read but hadn't gotten around to yet. This turned out fine, we read it and discussed it, but I've earned a bit of ribbing for the choice.

 
 
 
 
Church as bookstore
     
Speaking of books, here is a photo of a building in Maastricht that has been repurposed as a bookstore. My first review of this photo left me thinking it was too underexposed. But recently I found that with a little work I was able to bring out some of the detail I thought was lost.
 
 
 
Church as bookstore
     
Speaking of books, here is a photo of a building in Maastricht that has been repurposed as a bookstore. My first review of this photo left me thinking it was too underexposed. But recently I found that with a little work I was able to bring out some of the detail I thought was lost.
 
 
 
Church as bookstore
     
Speaking of books, here is a photo of a building in Maastricht that has been repurposed as a bookstore. My first review of this photo left me thinking it was too underexposed. But recently I found that with a little work I was able to bring out some of the detail I thought was lost.
 
 
2. Bikes in The Hague
16 Jun 2020    Film, Motorcycles, The Hague, Netherlands 
2. Bikes in The Hague   
16 Jun 2020    Film, Motorcycles, The Hague, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

My scanning progress is currently at roll 42, or just over a thousand photos. Seeing as how I've been on a motorcycle theme here's one more. It's 1997 and we're at the tail of a tour of Holland when we caught this fleet of BMWs in a plaza in The Hague.

 
 
 
 
A lot of bikes
     
 
 
 
A lot of bikes
     
 
 
 
A lot of bikes
     
 
 
3. The Sisters Under the Arches
28 Jun 2020    Film, Maastricht, Netherlands 
S   M   L
3. The Sisters Under the Arches   
28 Jun 2020    Film, Maastricht, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

Back in 1998 we were in Maastricht where we visited Paul's aunt Maria who was a nun. She arranged Paul's adoption into the Schoemaker family. She lived at the Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen (the Convent of the Sisters Under the Arches).

 
 
 
 
Paul and Maria
     
 
 
 
Paul and Maria
     
 
 
 
Paul and Maria
     
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen
     
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen
     
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen
     
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
4. Nieuwe Kerk with a fish eye
3 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands 
S   M   L
4. Nieuwe Kerk with a fish eye   
3 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

On seeing this photo (below) I thought it was Groningen because we climbed a similar tower there. But no, this is Delft and I know it because of the address on the side of the Smart car. The tower, or maybe it's a steeple, from which the photo was taken is the Nieuwe Kerk, the second tallest church in the Netherlands.

 
 
 
 
View from Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
 
View from Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
 
View from Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
 
Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
 
Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
Climbing Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
 
Climbing Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
 
Climbing Nieuwe Kerk
     
 
 
5. Canal, leaves, and car
4 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands 
5. Canal, leaves, and car   
4 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
6. Delft canal
5 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands 
6. Delft canal   
5 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
7. Say cheese
6 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands 
7. Say cheese   
6 Oct 2020    Delft, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Delft cheese shop
     
 
 
 
Delft cheese shop
     
 
 
 
Delft cheese shop
     
 
 

 
 
 
8. Giethoorn
7 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands 
8. Giethoorn   
7 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

Giethoorn is a small (2,700) town in the Netherlands and is known for its canals.

 
 
 
 
Riding down a canal in Giethoorn
     
 
 
 
Riding down a canal in Giethoorn
     
 
 
 
Riding down a canal in Giethoorn
     
 
 
9. Giethoorn's canals
8 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands 
S   M   L
9. Giethoorn's canals   
8 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Map of Giethoorn canals
     
 
 
 
Map of Giethoorn canals
     
 
 
 
Map of Giethoorn canals
     
 
 
Touring the town
     
 
 
 
Touring the town
     
 
 
 
Touring the town
     
 
 

 
 
 
10. On the lake
9 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands 
10. On the lake   
9 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Ria, Paul, and Ton
     
 
 
 
Ria, Paul, and Ton
     
 
 
 
Ria, Paul, and Ton
     
 
 

While in the Netherlands we stayed with Paul's very hospitable relatives, Ria and Ton. Here we are, all together on a small boat in the lake that's next to Giethoorn.

 
 
 
11. Balgstuw Ramspol
10 Oct 2020    Balgstuw Ramspol, Netherlands 
S   M   L
11. Balgstuw Ramspol   
10 Oct 2020    Balgstuw Ramspol, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

What looks to be a giant metal snail attached to a jetty of cement is the Balgstuw Ramspol, an inflatable rubber dam. The dam crosses the river that connects the Ketelmeer and the Zwarte Meer, and was built to protect the nearby villages against rising water in the Ketelmeer. It has three sections and takes about an hour to inflate.

 
 
 
 
One end of the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
 
One end of the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
 
One end of the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
Middle section of the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
 
Middle section of the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
 
Middle section of the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
Ton and Paul at the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
 
Ton and Paul at the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
 
Ton and Paul at the Balgstuw Ramspol
     
 
 
12. Belterwijde lake
11 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands 
12. Belterwijde lake   
11 Oct 2020    Giethoorn, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
13. Ten Post
12 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands 
13. Ten Post   
12 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
14. Ten Post church
14 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands 
S   M   L
14. Ten Post church   
14 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

Ten Post is a small town about fifteen km northeast of Groningen. Henk and Eric put us up while we were there and they gave us a tour of a church.

 
 
 
 
Eric, Henk, and Paul
     
 
 
 
Eric, Henk, and Paul
     
 
 
 
Eric, Henk, and Paul
     
 
 
Ten Post church
     
 
 
 
Ten Post church
     
 
 
 
Ten Post church
     
 
 
Ten Post church
     
 
 
 
Ten Post church
     
 
 
 
Ten Post church
     
 
 
15. Ten Post art museum
15 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands 
15. Ten Post art museum   
15 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
16. Ten Post art museum
16 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands 
S   M   L
16. Ten Post art museum   
16 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
17. On top of the dome
17 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands 
S   M   L
17. On top of the dome   
17 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

While exploring the Ten Post church we climbed up into the ceiling. There we examined the brick domes you see from the inside of the church. A conventional wooden roof protects the domes from the elements.

 
 
 
 
Eric examining the church ceiling
     
 
 
 
Eric examining the church ceiling
     
 
 
 
Eric examining the church ceiling
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
18. Woman on bike
18 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands 
18. Woman on bike   
18 Oct 2020    Ten Post, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
19. In a Groningen bar
19 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands 
19. In a Groningen bar   
19 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

We stopped in Groningen to see Paul's cousin Ineke.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
20. Along a canal
20 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands 
20. Along a canal   
20 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
21. A lot of bikes
21 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands 
21. A lot of bikes   
21 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
22. In a cafe
22 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands 
22. In a cafe   
22 Oct 2020    Groningen, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Paul and Ineke
     
 
 
 
Paul and Ineke
     
 
 
 
Paul and Ineke
     
 
 

 
 
 
23. On a ferry
23 Oct 2020    Netherlands 
23. On a ferry   
23 Oct 2020    Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

We took a bus from Groningen north to Lauwersoog, a small town on the North Sea, then we took a ferry to the island of Schiermonnikoog.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
24. Election day
24 Oct 2020    Politics (Canada), Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands 
24. Election day   
24 Oct 2020    Politics (Canada), Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

Today is election day in British Columbia. The premier called the election, or dropped the writ, on the 21st of September. He's gambling that his poll numbers will free him from needing an alliance with the Greens, and the prognosticators think he will, though we may not know the results for awhile.

Holding the election mid-pandemic squeezed out much of the time for campaigning because early voting took off in popularity. There used to be weeks for campaigning, then election day, counting of ballots, and then results announced. Now it's weeks of voting during the campaign, then election day (might be better named election deadline), and then some more weeks for counting of the ballots.

Update: early returns were such that, even with mail in ballots yet to be counted, it's projected that the premier got a comfortable majority.

Anyway, back to my imaginary travels. In the photo we're in Schermonnikoog and this is our hotel. We'd just got off the ferry. The hard-to-spell Schiermonnikoog is a small island in the North Sea (see the red dot in the map stolen from wikipedia), though the body of water one traverses to get there is called the Wadden Sea. The island is one of the Wadden Islands (Waddeneilanden). We found it to be green and flat and without much traffic. Good for biking.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
25. On a bike
25 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands 
25. On a bike   
25 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Paul biking in Schiermonnikoog
     
 
 
 
Paul biking in Schiermonnikoog
     
 
 
 
Paul biking in Schiermonnikoog
     
 
 

 
 
 
26. Field, town and lighthouse
26 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands 
26. Field, town and lighthouse   
26 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
27. Island residents
27 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands 
27. Island residents   
27 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
28. Biking on Schiermonnikoog
28 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands 
28. Biking on Schiermonnikoog   
28 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
29. Wetlands
29 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands 
29. Wetlands   
29 Oct 2020    Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
30. Traveling south
30 Oct 2020    Netherlands 
S   M   L
30. Traveling south   
30 Oct 2020    Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

We left Schiermonnikoog. We took the ferry to Lauwersoog, a bus to Groningen, and then the train to Leiden.

 
 
 
 
On the ferry to Lauwersoog
     
 
 
 
On the ferry to Lauwersoog
     
 
 
 
On the ferry to Lauwersoog
     
 
 
We passed a boat that barely clears the water
     
 
 
 
We passed a boat that barely clears the water
     
 
 
 
We passed a boat that barely clears the water
     
 
 
31. On the train to Leiden
31 Oct 2020    Netherlands 
31. On the train to Leiden   
31 Oct 2020    Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
32. Along the Nieuwe Rijn
2 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands 
32. Along the Nieuwe Rijn   
2 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
Leiden is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Nieuwe Rijn (New Rhine) and the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine). Here are some outdoor eating establishments on the Nieuwe Rijn where it passes through the town.
 
 
 
     
Leiden is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Nieuwe Rijn (New Rhine) and the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine). Here are some outdoor eating establishments on the Nieuwe Rijn where it passes through the town.
 
 
 
     
Leiden is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Nieuwe Rijn (New Rhine) and the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine). Here are some outdoor eating establishments on the Nieuwe Rijn where it passes through the town.
 
 

 
 
 
33. Draw bridge
3 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands 
33. Draw bridge   
3 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

I like this style of bridge. I've only seen it in Holland so I associate it with the Dutch, but perhaps others use it too.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
34. Lunch in Leiden
4 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands 
34. Lunch in Leiden   
4 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

Regine graciously hosted us when we stayed in Leiden. Here we had lunch with her son and his partner.

 
 
 
 
Paul, Regine's son, his partner, and Regine
     
 
 
 
Paul, Regine's son, his partner, and Regine
     
 
 
 
Paul, Regine's son, his partner, and Regine
     
 
 
35. A gathering in Leiden
6 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands 
35. A gathering in Leiden   
6 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Paul, Josephine, and Regine at Josephine's in Leiden
     
 
 
 
Paul, Josephine, and Regine at Josephine's in Leiden
     
 
 
 
Paul, Josephine, and Regine at Josephine's in Leiden
     
 
 

 
 
 
36. Leiden canal
8 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands 
36. Leiden canal   
8 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
37. Maastricht water wheel
9 Nov 2020    Maastricht, Netherlands 
S   M   L
37. Maastricht water wheel   
9 Nov 2020    Maastricht, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

I'm still imagining we're touring the Netherlands. Here we're in the charming town of Maastrich checking out an old water wheel that was once used to grind grain.

 
 
 
 
The water wheel
     
 
 
 
The water wheel
     
 
 
 
The water wheel
     
 
 
The water-wheel-driven grinder
     
 
 
 
The water-wheel-driven grinder
     
 
 
 
The water-wheel-driven grinder
     
 
 
38. Book shopping in Maastricht
10 Nov 2020    Maastricht, Netherlands 
38. Book shopping in Maastricht   
10 Nov 2020    Maastricht, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

A church in Maastricht re-purposed as a book store.

 
 
 
 
Church turned book shop
     
 
 
 
Church turned book shop
     
 
 
 
Church turned book shop
     
 
 
39. Windmill
12 Nov 2020    Netherlands 
39. Windmill   
12 Nov 2020    Netherlands   
 
 
 
 
Holland, of course
     
 
 
 
Holland, of course
     
 
 
 
Holland, of course
     
 
 

 
 
 
40. View from Burcht van Leiden
15 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands 
40. View from Burcht van Leiden   
15 Nov 2020    Leiden, Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

In the center of Leiden is an 11th century shell keep, which is a type of fort. It's a round brick building and it's open to the public.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
41. In Deventer
17 Dec 2020    Netherlands 
41. In Deventer   
17 Dec 2020    Netherlands   
 
 
 
 

I think this will be the last photo from our 2007 Europe trip.

 
 
 
 
Virginie and Paul
     
 
 
 
Virginie and Paul
     
 
 
 
Virginie and Paul