This is a picture of my favourite cake: 'Oude Wijven Koek', or translated 'Old Wives Cake'. Hahaha, it doesn't sound nice, but it tastes delicious! The ingredient that gives it its specific flavour is the anise.
The cake is a speciality of the Province of Groningen. And the best place to buy it is at the bakery! Don't go to the supermarket to buy the cake here, because those taste not nearly as good.
I never found a 'good' Oude Wijven Koek anywhere else in The Netherlands than in the Province of Groningen, and the best (in my opinion) is the one of Loppersum. All my friends and relatives knew this, so every time they visited me while I lived in The Netherlands, they brought a cake with them..... Yummy!!! Now they even bring it with them to Sweden for me! So sweet of them! :-)) I do miss it very much now I live abroad.... mmmmmm, seeing this picture makes my mouth water :-))
Yesss... there goes a train to Loppersum! And it goes about every half hour from Groningen to Delfzijl, so it is quite a good connection. In the evenings and it the weekends the train doesn't go as frequent though. The train ride from Groningen to Loppersum takes about 30 minutes. To plan your trip by train to Loppersum (or everywhere else in The...more
In these off the beaten path tips, I want to show you a little bit of the surrounding villages. This first picture is of a little village called Stedum. Originally the tower stood free from the church, the connecting part between them dates from the 19th century. Stedum is about 3 kilometres from Loppersum and by far the most beautiful part of this...more
This is a picture that brings out the best memories that I have of the Province of Groningen. Standing in this field of cole-seed, with its beautiful yellow flowers and it's scented flowers brings me back to my childhood.....There used to be so many of these cole-sead fields in Groningen, but unfortunately they start to disappear. Other crops seem...more
A nice thing to do is to canoe on the canals in and around Loppersum. There are lots of canals and you can canoe from village to village. There is a canoe rental not far from Loppersum (about 3km), in a little village called Wirdum. I have lots of pictures of a canoe trip to Appingedam on my Appingedam page...more
Sometimes you have to pass an obstacle on your bicycling trip, like this little bridge, called hoogholtje, over the canal "the "Wijmers", close to Loppersum. You can't bike over this bridge, but you have to push you bike on a quite steep slope on the bridge, and off again on the other end.more
One thing you can do very well in this area is going on a bicycle trip! There are so many bicycle paths in the area, which bring you through the typical Groninger landscape. The landscape is very flat (actually, it can't get any flatter than this), so you don't have to worry about getting tired by biking up hill..... it is as smooth and easy as you...more
This is the canal the "Wijmers" that goes through the village of Loppersum. My best memories of this canal is going skating on it in the winter, and canoeing in the summer. But the thing I did the most was bike along side the canal. This was my route going to school, which was in Appingedam, and about 10 kilometers from Loppersum.In the picture you...more
Something you don't expect in the North of Groningen... but they are there! The tulip fields!!! Aren't they beautiful! I love them! I can't remember that the tulips fields were here when I was a child. But the agriculture in the area has changed somewhat, and there are a few farmers that grow tulips, which I find a great addition to the landscape.more