By command from our leader, we are to form a triangular attack position... drive the human invaders from our beautiful and scenic home... and retake this place in the name of NatureHood!
Uhhh... remember guys... a triangular attack! No, not that way... THIS WAY! Oh well... ATTACK to the REAR! Watch out for that kid with the sling-shot!
It was truly amazing to a young man from Hickory, North Carolina who before only viewed hay fields, wheat fields, corn fields, and pastures to see the stunning beauty of a flat land in such a vivid array of color! One field might be red, the next yellow, the next one orange with purple in between! A feast for the eyes!
I'm not sure why most of my pictures were taken on cloudy days... do you suppose there is some greater meaning for this? I wonder... Hmmm...
Still, this was a very beautiful, well-designed and well-kept park... simply stunning even under grey skies!
The greatest impression of Europe has always been the supreme dedication to creating lovely public "green" areas... There seems to be a greater appreciation and connection with nature as I remember it. Perhaps it is because there seems to be more leisure time to enjoy nature as opposed to the USA. Many workers in European countries have 6 to 8 weeks of vacation (holidays) per year and I feel lucky to have my measly 2 weeks here! Still, the Europeans seem truly dedicated to nature and enjoy a simple walk in the park or in the forest... I can't say that of Americans in general... we're far too busy!
This is an example of a lovely park in Holland.
We made it to the Dam! To our surprise the Dam is all under water and you see a road that looks like it goes on forever out on the water. In the photo you have the Ijsselmeer on the left and the Waddenzee on the right.
The Afsluitdijk (Closure-Dike) was built to block off the Zuiderzee in order to prevent constant flooding and ravaging on the land. This slowly created fresh water on the other side now known as the Ijsselmeer.
The Dike took more than half a century; plans drawn up in 1891, first closure of the Zuiderzee in 1920 and the official opening of the Closure-Dike in 1933.
The road capacity of the Dike no longer being adequate for the traffic, the road was made into a motorway (A7) in 1976.
Sculpture of a stone worker to on the Waddenzee side of the pedestrian bridge.
It was very windy on the bridge and even though it was a clear sunny day, when you are in the middle (between Noord-Holland and Friesland), you are surrounded by water and it gets misty and hard to see the boats, fishing nets and windmills out on the water. If you have binoculars they come in handy here. There are paying viewers if you don't have any.
The Afsluitdijk road to Friesland is 30 km.
There is a lookout tower in Breezanddijk where you can stop, take pictures, eat and rest a little. There is a pedestrian bridge where you can see both sides of the motorway.
The landscape in this polder region of Noord Holland behind the Hondbossche Zeewering is expansive and unique. The North Sea is kept at bay by this dyke and all the land in this picture is below sea level.
Bergen, or better: Bergen-Binnen, is a village near Alkmaar. It has been an artists' village since the 19th century. Many artists had themselves built new houses in the 1920's, in Amsterdam School style. Some of these are really amazing. At the heart of the village is the old church. As the picture shows it used to be much bigger. Only a small part remains, which is now used for concerts, the rest is a picturesque ruin.
Although a bit windy this place I consider very pleasant indeed.. ;-)
But I can't remember the name of it. It's not far from the capitol of Holland, and it's said that during the WW2 the name of this place was given to people suspected of being German LOL. It's supposed to be difficult to pronounce for them due to some "h" sounds. Of course, for us Poles nothing can be difficult LOL Have you ever heard Polish spoken? ;-) (question for those who are not Polish)
Rotterdam it is a completely modern city. It was all damaged in the WW2 and the citizens decided not to rebuild it. They built a completely different city instead in the same location. All the buildings look very fresh and modern.. The oldest I could estimate maybe 20 years...
The main square I believe.. pity it's not well visible but behind that tall building with a cone roof there is an interesting "twisted house" (I forgot the proper name of it). It was built in a strange manner. Looks as if it was knocked over, and everything inside was knocked over as well. Of course it's just a modern art sort of statue, nobody lives there nor works. But through the big windows you can see the complete well designed interior with furniture and so on..
There is an unusual museum-exhibition in den Haag called Madurodam. This place was built by a father who lost his beloved son in the Second World War. There are miniatures of many important buildings and places in Holland. The canal houses of Amsterdam, the Alkmaar cheese market and parts of the Delta Works, all replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale. It's like a while spent in the kingdom of dwarfs.. And those miniatures are not just the doll-houses.. those little places and cities are full of life. The trains, ships and cars run all the time, some people move, the carps in the ponds substitute for the whales and the starlings probably for some unusual pterodactyls ;-)
But everything is so tiny and so well done and all set in a nice garden.
I consider this place generally a great idea.. Sightseeing, people easily forget things and places.. that's why we take photos. People forget things they saw the day before (I'm like that) but not in Holland. In that exhibition I could recognize some places I'd already seen and could get to know those I was looking forward to see. And maybe that's why.. although I've already forgotten the proper names I can still describe those places pretty well. I believe... :-)
There is a gigantic floral exhibition held near den Haag every 10 years. That one was in the spring 2002 so the next one you can see in.. :-) the counting do yourself.
A huge area with lakes, ponds, hills, bushes, little forests.. and a lot to see.. floral and not only floral shows - multimedia and of traditional kind.. some incredible constructions, modern computer-operated greenhouses and first of all.. all those beautiful flowers…
At first all I had seen of Enkhuizen with my own eyes was the view from a ship. I couldn't wait to set foot in the town itself. This summer I managed to visit this town. There are a couple of interesting churches, an impressive town gate and many more old buildings. There's also an open air museum about life around the former Zuiderzee, the sea that largely became land in the 20th century.
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Kleine Houtstraat 13, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, 2011 DD, The Netherlands
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