Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Let me take you to Texel - part five of eight

From January 15 to January 29 I vacationed on the island of Texel which is the island west of my own (Vlieland). This series is a travel report / slide show of that vacation so all my blogsy people can travel with me a little. Hope you enjoy!

Day 9 - Saturday January 23 2016

It seems that the weather on Texel likes a lot of variety. Every day was different from the one before. Saturday turned out to be very sunny with lot of blue skies and I was certainly not complaining about that!

I began and ended my long walk in the port town Oudeschild. The area I walked was between Oudeschild and Den Burg and partly consisted of Hoge Berg (of which I walked a part on the Tuesday before also). It is mostly farmland with canals and ditches in between and again part of the paths were very muddy, but it was such a glorious day I didn't care all that much.

This pole made me laugh.

Most of the area I walked had these wide open and very flat landscapes. Mostly farmland.

Texel is known for it's sheep and the wool that comes from them. They are everywhere, the sheep and the wool!

This is the Doolhof (literally 'the maze', but it's more in the line of 'a place to wander'). It's a lovely little wooded area in the middle of all that farmland where one can easily imagine the local elves and gnomes living.

Near the end of the walk I came past Fort De Schans. It's an old fort that has been completely restored for the public. 

After that long hike it was time to visit Oudeschild itself a bit more.

All in all Day 9 had a lot to offer don't you think?

See you all on day 10 next time! Have a good and artsy day.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Let me take you to Texel - part four of eight

From January 15 to January 29 I vacationed on the island of Texel which is the island west of my own (Vlieland). This series is a travel report / slide show of that vacation so all my blogsy people can travel with me a little. Hope you enjoy!

Day 7 - Thursday January 21 2016 

Weatherwise this day was the complete opposite of the day before. Foggy and very chilly. There was not really any rain, but the atmosphere felt very wet still. But I'm not easily scared of weather as long as it's not pouring, so out I went again!

This time I visited the north of the island called Eierland. It used to be a seperate island and even further back it actually was a part of my island Vlieland. Such is how over many centuries island landscapes (or any landscapes) can change.

I walked partly across the beach which is very wide in that area, but because of the fog you couldn't make out the sea at all. Just sand and the occasional beach pole.

Let's confuse the tourists! ;-)

The fog did clear a little during the day. In the morning I was not able to take a picture of the lighthouse for instance, but in the early afternoon I was. 

After the first walk I sat at a nearby beach pavillion for a while for a well deserved warm drink and then I went for a second shorter walk while waiting for the bus to arrive to take me home. The bus system on the island (called Texelhopper) is absolutely fantastic. You can get just about anywhere by bus, but you do have to order it an hour in advance, so usually I would pick a point in time when I knew I would still have a certain amount of kilometers to go and order one so it would be there when I was done.

This area of the island is where you can see my island. Well, if the weather is clear you can, which it wasn't, so I couldn't. But what I did see was this:

This is the so called 'Vriendschapssteiger', we have exactly the same thing on our island. In the summer it becomes a boardwalk to get on board the summer ferry service between Vlieland and Texel. That boat is called 'De Vriendschap' which means 'The Friendship'. In winter it looks like an art installation. 


I actually like the atmosphere of foggy days, so I had a really good time that day. It just doesn't make for the most interesting vista's for your photographs, haha.

Day 8 - Friday January 22 2016

On Friday I was exactly halfway through my vacation and after all that walking I had behind me and all the walking I had still planned I felt that my feet needed a little rest. So a lot of the day was spent like this:

It was actually quite wonderful to put my feet up for hours on end and just read or look outside and let my thoughts go nowhere.

But in the afternoon I wanted some air and went to the beach. Luckily that was just a short walk away. 

Before I went back inside I wanted to take a pic of the church that was outside my window. 

Now I have to be honest with you. This church and the little houses on the right are about the only authentic thing in De Koog. The rest of the town is all touristy beachtown places like shops, lodges, hotels, restaurants and bars. I don't really think I would like De Koog all that much in the busy season in summer, but in winter it was a quite ideal location.

The little church by the way dates back to 1719 and is of the protestant persuasion. It is still very much in use. I don't know anything about the houses on the side, but these buildings seem oddly out of  place in this modern touristy town. They are pretty though.

And with that ends part four of my Texel tour! Hope I'm not boring you yet and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Let me take you to Texel! - part three of eight

From January 15 to January 29 I vacationed on the island of Texel which is the island west of my own (Vlieland). This series is a travel report / slide show of that vacation so all my blogsy people can travel with me a little. Hope you enjoy! 

Day 6 - Wednesday January 20 2016

The sixth day of my vacation was pretty much the most incredible one of the entire two weeks. It actually didn't start out that way. I wanted to walk several area's in the south of Texel called Horspolders, De Geul and Het Pompevlak.

The start of my walk was incredibly muddy and had all these obstacles in the way. It was also rather cloudy and the path was almost completely covered without any views. I'm sure in the summer this would be a very adventurous trail, but now it was just annoying. I was just about to get cranky from all my maneuvering and trying to avoid slipping or getting my feet soaked early in the day when it felt like I surfaced and came on dryer ground and could actually see something.  

A few drops of rain started to fall, but slowly the clouds parted a little and let the sun through.

Then I crossed a dune and all of sudden the world looked like this:

I felt like someone had transported me to Scandinavia or something! It was breathtaking. The photo doesn't do it justice, but the rest of the day I was treated to the most amazing weather and the most amazing landscape.

Can you imagine having lunch on this spot? I did!

It really was like walking in another world and it almost made me want to live on Texel right there and then. I loved all those dunes combined with little lakes and ponds and other water.

I think of all my walks this vacation this was the one I am most grateful for. The weather, the sky the landscape were in perfect sync with each other, I'm sure it cannot always be this idyllic.  It was one of those one in a thousand days. I hope I managed to capture at least a little bit of the magic of that day for you.

Well, it's all downhill from now, haha! Nah, just kidding. There's still plenty of beauty left for five more posts, so hope to see you for the next installment.

Have a wonderful and artsy day all!
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