In case you want to speak some...
In case you want to speak some Frisian (regional language spoken in Friesland), here is the url of a site where you can translate English to Frisian:http://dictionaries.travlang.com/EnglishFrisian/Someone had asked me by mail, but very unthoughtful of me (shame on me!), I do not know right know who that was.I myself can speak some Frisian, but I am far better in speaking Gronings, the regional language of our little province (far nicer a language than Frisian lol!)
Frisians (the habitants of the...
Frisians (the habitants of the province of Friesland where Leeuwarden is the capital of) are quite nice. They are always helpful and in for a talk.
Frisians have besides Dutch their own language which is called 'Fries'. It isn't an easy language, if you didn't study it but do know Dutch you still don't understand it. Besides their own language Frisians have their own flag to. You can see some of it on the picture: it's blue and with with vertical stripes and in between are red heart shaped figures.
Wraldsimmerfestival is an international folklore festival held in Bergum, with participants from whole world.
Besides us, other groups were from Mongolia, Benin, Holland, Paraguay, Kalmukkië, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, India, Turkey. Belgium, Kenya.
Jopie Huisman museum in...
Jopie Huisman museum in Workum. Realistic, self taught painter. So amazing that I visited 3 times to enjoy the paintings again and again. He autographed a book for me and as I noticed he wrote the same for everybody: Lots of Happiness! Jopie.
FRIES MUSEUMThe Fries Museum...
The Fries Museum contains a period room, an extensive textile collection; finds form the Friesian hills, large collection paintings and Friesian silver. Besides that, the monumental chancellery from the 16th century is also a part of the museum.
And the exhibition of Mata Hari, the department Modern Art and office Leeuwarden where young artists can have their exhibition are worth it.
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The most important event in Friesland will be the “Elfstedentocht”. Unfortunately the weather isnt always coorperating for this fever.
Because this event wont take place most of the time, the province organizes yearly a alternitive Elfstedentocht: in May for walkers en in June for cyclists, motorists and motorcyclists.
But you can also take this famous route on your own. All the Local Tourist Information Centers can provide you a route.
SNEEKWEEKEvery year in...
Every year in August, Sneek is in the sign of sailing. During the “Sneekweek” watersport-lovers from all over Holland will come together on the Sneekermeer.
This whole week sail-contests take place with different kind of boats, also the well known Friese “skûtsjes”. But not only sail-contests, also a party every night and a lot of amuzement, will make the Sneekweek a happening.
Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home! :)
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular area. But anyway nothing really special, which was a bit of a disappointment. Therefore we finally bought the same beer as we drink back home, Grolsch!
Grolsch Brewery (Grolsche Bierbrouwerij) is a Dutch brewery founded in 1615 by Willem Neerfeldt in Groenlo (Grolle). The beer from Groenlo gradually became better known in the surroundings of Groenlo. Through the years the demand for Grolsch beer shifted from a local to national and eventually international level. It is a bit bitter and has a pale colour. You can taste the hop flavour, and has a alcohol content of 5 percent. You should try it!
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Voltage, frequency and plug ins.
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.
Outlets in the Netherlands generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
- Road Trip
Talk to someone who knows ...
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Leeuwarden is the start and finish town of the Friese Elfstedentocht. This is a 200 km skating event along the eleven Frisian towns organised when the winter is cold enough and the ice is thick enough.
- Family Travel
Odd to me, and on the contrary...
Odd to me, and on the contrary with Greeks, Dutch people almost never drink water! They always prefer coffe ,thea or refresments and of course........a lot!!!!of beer!!!
Frisia is the land of ice and...
Frisia is the land of ice and skates. On this picture you can see a typical Bell Sledge with a beautiful Frisian horse.