A very strange combination can be found in the small garden in front of the Reformed church of Staphorst. In between the green bushes and small trees one immediately sees a large bell standing. It's the old bell from the tower, however damaged and therefor out of tune it finds it's restingplace between ... some old gravestones. The gravemarkers...more
Across the street at the Reformed church of Staphorst there is a "Herenhuis" which differs completely from the farmhouses that make up the village and surrounding countryside. I didn't find the function of the building, but I guess it's either the manucipality hall or the "pastorie" (vickers house). In this relgious village you may state that as...more
One of the things that must have delayed "civilisation" in Staphorst is for sure the strict religious culture that has driven the people here in the last centuries. The Dutch Reformed church has gotten a firm foot in the soil in Staphorst and it's surroundings. An example of that can be witnessed in the weekend when on Saturday you will find many...more
One of the farmhouses is now a museum. A museum that tells about Staphorst, it's farmhouses, it's religious culture, the history and the local costume. You can find it by following the signs "Museumboerderij" on the other side of the street near the church. In a little street on the right hand it is open on Mondays until Saturdays from 10:00 until...more
When driving up and down the mainstreet of Staphorst (and the connected village Rouveen) you must see the farmhouses. Must see, as you are driving blindfolded if you miss them. On either side of the road these magnificent large and long farmhouses are laying. Amazing thing is that they always look neat. Perfect garden, clean windows and...more
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
Little shop, looks like nothing on the outside but inside you find all sorts of traditional fabrics to make your own traditional Staphorst costume. Delicious striped and blocked fabrics in bright colours as well as flowered cottons. For a man's shirt in the folkore design you pay only 31-46 Euro. Handmade!more
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...more
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...more
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...more
For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...more
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...more
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD Cards!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
Well outside the village of Staphorst, around two kilometers from the last farmhouses in the village core and Eastwards, you will find the old windmill of Staphorst. It is however a sad sight as the windmill does not have it's wings anymore. A quite good restaurant is in the farmhouse next to the windmill, using it's shape as the trademark of the...more