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The de Ruijter -van Santen family started exhibitions on African Tribal Art in their gallery after visitors of became interested in their African collection visiting the home exhibitions of the work of Anneke van Santen, being an artist.
Now they organise several exhibitions and events every year, based different themes within African Art. In summer 2003 I visited the lecture of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, the famous photographers of African Art and Ceremonies. In 2005 I visited the lecture of Tjikkie Kreuger, an artist and desert-addict.
The gallery is open daily by appointment.
During exhibitions there is free access at opening hours.
8455 JB Katlijk/Heerenveen
Updated Jul 31, 2005
Lots of people walked on the dykes to and from Stavoren.
Must be great to walk along the IJsselmeer lake-side.
Driving our car back home we saw sheep and cows walk freely and especially this picture caught my eye: two sheep going left, 2 humans going to the right.
Written May 21, 2004
It's so hard to see on this picture, but these are seals in front of the coast of the island. It's so beautiful to watch them. They are on a sandbank and you can actually walk overthere. But you have to keep track of the tides though or you'll get stuck on the sandbank when the tide gets up.
Updated May 3, 2006
Reaklif - a historic monument just outside of Warns, Netherlands in the Nijefurd municipality of Fryslân province; is a symbol of Fryslân independence and their battle with the Dutch. It's a monumental rock, that tells the tale when Count Willem IV of Holland tried to invade Fryslân in 1345. It was on this spot and in Warns that Willem and his knights were beaten comprehensively by the Fryslân and the count was killed. It is here that "1345 leawer dea as slaef" (1345 rather dead than slave) is chiseled and remembered every 26 September till 1500, and was named "Fryske Leaffrouwedei" (Frisian Blessed Virgin's day). The power of the spot is overwhelming as it sits overlooking the large lake that is endless and could be confused with the ocean. Incredible site and monument. A must visit when in the area.
Updated Mar 29, 2007
Tersoal, Friesland, The Nederlands
Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân province
Tersoal (in Dutch it's Terzool), us a quaint little charming village in the Boarnsterhim municipality in Fryslân that used to be in the former municipality of Rauwerderhem, northeast of the city of Sneek, in the region known as the "Lege geaën" (see Poppenwier), with a Hervormde and a Gereformeerde church. Like Grou it was an "archpelago village", cut through by a lot of canals, but this character has been ruined by the "ruilverkaveling" (re-allotment of agricultural grounds). It's Nickname is Koalraepen (cabbages, especially turnip-cabbages, were grown plentiful in Tersoal). The Coat of Arms of Tersoal is in red three golden turnips, placed 1-2; in base a silver cabbage and is inspired by the rime:
"Trije rapen en in koal,
steane yn it wapen fan Tersoal"
(three turnips and a cabbage are on the arms of Tersoal). The Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk did first enquire whether the honorable people of Tersoal were not affronted by that rime, but the villagers told that they were mighty proud of the arms.
Flag: two vertical stripes of red and yellow, proportioned 2:1; in the red stripe a cabbage.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 21 Aug 2003.
I found the village quite nice. Reminded me of many small town European village movies. The only store I saw in the village was an antique store. There was a school, a church, a grave yard, and other than that - all i saw were houses and farmland. I suppose if you were driving through town and have a heavy sneeze that made you close your eyes, you would have literally missed the town. Population around 300. The village is full of little traditional practices like the wooden Dutch shoes outside the doors, wreaths on the outside of the doors of the village athlete, grave goods outside a recent grave, etc.
Updated Mar 29, 2007
Visit the distillery Sonnema, which brews its special liquor, named "Berenburg" since 1860, when innkeeper Fedde Sonnema created the drink, using 71 herbs and gin.
The drink, which can be drunk pure of mixed with orange juice, coke or even coffee, is famous all over the world now. The brewery can be visited in the summer months June, July, August, when guided tours are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:30pm and 3pm. Other days only on request with groups of at least 15 persons. After the tour, the drink can be tasted and bottles or gift-wrapped packages are available for sale. Admission is € 1.00 per person.
Since the brewery is located on the edge of the towncenter of Bolsward, make use of the opportunity to take a little stroll through this medieval city and admire the City Hall or the church ruins.
Updated Aug 5, 2003
Phone: +31 515 572 949