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Warrland to Arkmaar: Netherlands Warrland to Arkmaar: Netherlands

A morning of pleasant motoring and waiting for bridges, heading southward we arrived in the larger town of Alkmaar around lunch time. Situated in the land of Leeghwater, the town of Almaar is surrounded by peat bogs and reclaimed landscape. During the afternoon, Bob and I motored the dinghy into the centre and wandered the […]

Medemblik to Waarland: Netherlands Medemblik to Waarland: Netherlands

The first part of the morning was spent wandering through the Medemblik castle museum. During the late thirteenth century, Count Floris V of Holland gained control of West Friesland. The local populations balked at his rulership and continual attempts were undertaken to wrest their land from his hands. Deciding enough was enough, the count had […]

Heeg to Stavoren: Nerherlands Heeg to Stavoren: Nerherlands

  Another pleasant day, motoring through waterways filled to the brim with boats. As with all towns since Grou, mooring spaces are few and far between. Here, too, is a beautiful lakeside holiday town that is also the base for a small fishing fleet and the larger Dutch tourist barges and this one was a […]

Joure to Lemmer: Netherlands Joure to Lemmer: Netherlands

A pleasant 21km motor in a bit of rain led us through the Langwarder Wielen along Langwarder Feart, back into the Princeses Margriet Kanaal, across the Grutte Brekken and into Lemmer. It was an afternoon where Bob continued working on the installation of the hot water tank, whilst I attempted to catch up on bit […]

Sneek, Netherlands Sneek, Netherlands

During the morning hours, Bob continued working upon hot water system installation. Lunch finished, it was time to head out for the last of our Sneek exploration. A little more was learned about the township’s history. Situated on the edge of peat and clay areas, the township took form in the eleventh century when two […]

Hot Water Service Installation: Sneek, Netherlands Hot Water Service Installation: Sneek, Netherlands

Bob spent the day on installing our new hot water system It was a bit of tight fit, but he made it work! I relaxed and worked on photos There is so much water traffic here that it is like being on a sea full of swells. I actually felt ‘sea – sick’.

Sneek, Netherlands Sneek, Netherlands

Pleasant walk Bob and I are gradually wending our way along the 11 Frisian Cities route. The towns are generally more like a typical Australian country town or German dorf. According to the Sneek tourism (VVV) website: ‘Where in the world are the cities smaller than villages? In Friesland of course. Our cities do not thank the […]

Earnewald to Grou, Netherlands Earnewald to Grou, Netherlands

Waking to a cool, wet day Bob and I visited the two museums, both of which were entirely different. The first, the Fries Landbouw Museum (Frisian Agricultural Museum) focussed on the landscape and whilst the second was all about the traditional Dutch Skûtsje. In the Fries Landbouwmuseum, the visitor was taken on a journey that […]

Earnewald, Netherlands Earnewald, Netherlands

It was Little G2 day as we motored through the waterways of this beautiful landscape. Sadly, it must have been the wrong time of year to view the animals – or else it was just far too busy. Lazing in the dinghy after midday, a barge appeared on the horizon. Imagine our surprise to find it […]

Harlingen to Earnewald, Netherlands Harlingen to Earnewald, Netherlands

A pleasant motor in which we bypassed Leeuwarden to arrive in the National Park ‘De Alde Feanen’ (‘feen’ and ‘veen’ mean bog, fen, or peat), situated slightly south of the major town. Moored on the edge of the township, Earnewald, this particular section was a thriving holiday metropolis. Dinghies, generally full of youngsters, crisscrossed the […]

Harlingen to Terschelling (by ferry), Netherlands Harlingen to Terschelling (by ferry), Netherlands

A pleasant two – hour ferry ride took us across to this West – Terschelling on this Frisian island, one of several that assist in protecting the northern landscape from the threat of the raging sea storms and helps create the UNESCO status Waddensee. From the height, it was possible to espy the full extent […]

Harlingen, Netherlands Harlingen, Netherlands

Resting on the shores of the Wadden Sea, Harlingen is an historical fishing/seaport, that is today a mecca for the tourists and a connection point for those wishing to visit the Frisian island of Terschelling. Some hours were spent exploring the tiny waterways of the township: quite different to those of Leeuwarden, these generally came […]