THE PRIZES TO BE WON...
Yes, many prizes, invitingly shiny in the hot-weave heat of the sun....
There is a prize for the person who has the most rings, for men and for woman, for how lovely and intricately the horse is adorned with flowers and all kinds of ribbons and other things.....and so on, and so on.....
Our Queen BEATRIX, who is a very gifted sculptor, made a little statue, that is also one of the prizes....
Everyone is doing his/her utmost to be a winner in whatever category!
Their supporters are their families: little children, teenage children, fathers, mothers, fiancé(e)s, friends, grandparents, droves of tourists who can easily find their way to this place if only by the smell, of the horses, the sand, the hay and the sweet-smelling horse-droppings and urine......
RINGRIJDEN IN MIDDELBURG
SPORT AND TRADITION...
The MOLENWATER (the place or better one of the places) where you can watch and enjoy) is normally a quiet, chic area but then.....when there is RINGRIJDEN, it all changes: lots of huge horses are brought in (some contestants prefer coming to town on horseback from their villages around Middelburg)
This is such a lovely, endearing view: a huge, heavy, sturdy horse with flowers, ribbons and shiny things in its manes, which are braided in exceptional ways.
The tail too is decorated with a little bouquet and ribbons and the most important things is that they are so sweet........they would never ever harm nor child, not adult.....I walked a narrow path and on both sides the noses were touching me.....quietly.....and these horses are "work horses", "Farmhorses"......still used to plough our heavy, blue clay!
AND, of course, LADIES are also partaking!!
SPECTACULAR AND TRADITIONAL: RINGRIJDEN...
"RINGRIJDEN" is a tradition is Zeeland.
These competitions take place several times per year (during the summer) e.g. in MIDDELBURG but also is small villages and Vlissingen e.g..
Really everyone enjoys seeing it and can watch for hours, while eating : HERRING of other fish snacks, Ice cream, Sugar Fluffs and not to forget drinking BEER.....
I could explain so much about it but I ask you to enjoy my photos hoping that they will convince you how lovely it is and how necessary to have a look at WHERE and WHEN (in Zeeland) you can have such a relaxing and pleasant day.....ask at the VVV (Tourist Information): we have them all over the place.......
I shall give you the address of the SECRETARY whose name is SJAAK JANSE.
Do write him and tell him I sent you......it will please him, he works so very hard.....
There are similarities between OUR RINGRIJDEN and the GERMAN ROLANDREITEN and the DANISH KRANSSTEKEN.
Ringrijden was already done here on my Isle of Walcheren during the 17th Century which the reverant vicars didn't like at all!!
If you want more info: email me or the VVV Middelburg!
SOME ADDRESSES THAT COULD COME IN HANDY!
All about NATURE you will find here.....5 wealthy sources, rich in info for you and you and you and even for you there!!!!
SOME TIPS FOR BIRDWATCHERS.....
May I give you some advice??
Use good binoculars or, still better, a telescope...
NEVER stay on top of the dyke (upright) but lie down and watch over the top of the dyke, as careful as possible....
Your car is also OK, but....you have to stay in it to have the best chance.....
USE THE BIRDWATCH OBSERVATORY HUTS......we have quite a lot of them....
For more info about the huts have a look here: wwsw.zeelandnatuurland.nl
MILLS IN ZEELAND.
As in most cities and towns in The Netherlands we here in the Province of Zeeland do have our mills.
There are 2 mills near my house, which I pass by every time I cycle to town!
And believe me: it is always a joy to see them waving their wings!!!
We also have mills were one can buy flour etc. to bake bread (which I always love doing in Winter.....)
And some mills can be visited, but not all, because it is quite risky: so many moving parts and such a narrow winding stair....
But do try to visit one and you will be impressed!
For more info ask VVV office which every city, town and village has one (or more!)
ZEELAND NATUUR LAND....
"DE WITTE WANDELINGEN"
This is THE address for more-days-walking holidays with transportation of your luggage!!
You walk free and easy and the luggage will be brought to the next address where you will arrive in the evening!
You will realise how useless it is to hasten, that there is time for reflexion and relaxation...
Your surprises will be: a bird that suddenly soars high or suddenly dives down from high in the air, breathtaking views, dreaming but curious cows and....fighting the elements!!
You can get your holiday TAYLOR MADE: you tell how many days you want to walk, how many hours per day.
De Witte Wandelingen will make reservations for you at special hotels and will take care of your luggage...every day of your stay!
DE ZEEUWSE PONTJES
As you have seen in my Intro, my Province consists of a number of little islands.
There was a time that over a 100 ferries, imagine that!
But dykes and dams and bridges have been built and the ferries are disappearing but.... during the summer months a number of ferries is working again for cyclists and walkers to make them feel how Zeeland once was.
Sometimes these ferries follow traditional old trajects!
A SPECIAL "ALMANAC" in which you can find everything regarding these ferries, you can buy at all VVV (Tourist Information Offices) in ZEELAND.
also see: www.zeelandnet.nl/pontje
ZEEUWS BIOLOGISCH MUSEUM
We have a little nature reserve here called: De MANTELING; it is the coastal area between Domburg and Vrouwenpolder.
It is there that you can find this Museum: het Zeeuws Biologisch Museum, in the former ORANGERIE of Castle WESTHOVE.
The museum informs you about the rich history and flora and fauna of this area...
Aquaria tell you about the secrets of Zeeuws Water world....
THE HEEMTUIN HORTUS ZELANDIAE gives you an impression of the different landscapes in Zeeland.
The gardener will tell you his secrets and specialities....
You can also walk in the woods and the dunes..throughout the year.
Fresh air we have plenty of in the dunes and on the beach!
And in the museum caféyou can relax and enjoy a bite and / or a drink!
You can also make reservations to celebrate a birthday at the museum, ask for more info!
WANT TO GO FISHING????
Mackerel?? Sole???? Cod?????
Info and reservations: sportvisserij HOOGERWERF
tel.: 0111 - 48 15 05
You can go with the MAATJE ADRIANA (tel. 06 51122999 or with the ADROMEDA tel. 06 51258898.
(te. numbers starting with 06 are mobile phones!)
An adventure for the whole family!
For more info, always call!
ZEEUWS MARITIEM muZEEum
Dear Visitor to my Zeeland....
Come and get to know the unknown side of the Province of Zeeland and the soul of its people in the new, magnificent maritime muZEEum in Vlissingen (Flushing)
Zeeland has a very rich maritime tradition and exciting history!
The muZEEum offers an inspiring exploration of Zeeland's past and present by means of themes and exhibitions.
It is housed on several buildings, dating back to the 16th and 18th Century.
Modern architecture has blended these buildings in a very special way!
The splendidly restored "LAMPSINSHUIS", dating from 1641, is the very heart of the muZEEum.
In this former mansion from the Golden Age you will be made familiar with the great maritime history of Zeeland.
Enjoy the nreathtaking seaview from the ROOF BALCONY with its unique 17th Century watchtower.
As from July 2003 fact sheets of the muZEEum are also available in ENGLISH.
Make sure you also visit the muZEEum restaurant, called "DE GECROONDE LIEFDE" (THE CROWNED LOVE).
It is open daily from 10AM till 6PM
The muZEEum is open throughout the year except on the 1st Januari!!
THE SILK MUSEUM....
The captivating story of the butterfly and the silkworm!!
VON SEIDENEAUPEN BIS ZUR SEIDE!!
in rural MELISKERKE between Middelburg and Zoutelande.
OPEN : ALL YEAR ROUND.
There is a MOST WONDERFUL SILKSHOP, a Grand Café with a garden terrace hhhmmmmm for lunch, wonderful ice creams and more...
Für Kinder die dem Seidenmuseum besuchen gibt es eine entdeckungstur durchs museum und eine gute Spürnase kann auch noch eine kleine Belohnung gewinnen!
THE SILK SHOP is, as you can see in the picture, A REAL MUST.
Exquisite silk underwear and clothes, accessories and jewellery......STYLISH and grandiose collection.
NO ENTRANCE FEE!!! neither for the museum nor for the shop!
There are 2 halls for Exhibitions....and WORKSHOPS are given.
Many places to park your car and easy access for the disabled, so they can fully enjoy everything...
OPEN: ALL YEAR ROUND...
A LITTLE TOWN WITH A GIGANTIC HISTORY....
The 15th and 16th Century were GOLDEN TIMES for Arnemuiden.
It was a very busy trading place and from the harbour goods were transported to Middelburg, Brugge, Ghent, Antwerpen etc..
The air above Arnemuiden was often black: salt was refined day and night and salt is/was so precious: it brought wealth to Arnemuiden.
But NATURE could not let is last for ever: the harbour and entrance to the sea got silted up and ships went to other harbours....
There is also het "UUSJE VAN EINE" in Arnemuiden very worthwhile of your visit!
BOTH museums are situated / located at the old town-hall, Langstraat 35 in ARNEMUIDEN near Middelburg....
Het "UUSJE VAN EINE" is opposite the museum.
Call for exact info : 0118 - 603.709
FEAST AT FARM " DE STELLE".....
This is about farm "De Stelle"........and listen....
this is VERY special: at this farm you can find out all about country life.
Young and old will find plenty to do at farm De Stelle.
Everyone can recover from their extertions with a cup of coffee or tea, taken on the patio next to the RECEPTION....
The farm-shop carries a wide range of local products!
So...if you want to be in the farmer's wooden shoes: visit this farm.
You can pick your own fruit, make your own jam, try to find your way out off a maize-mace and play straw-hiding!
Walk with the farmer when he is feeding his animals and help him....
this really is an AMAZING PLACE......
I MUST RECOMMEND IT TO YOU, DON'T MISS IT.....but do have a look at their website or email them about dates and exact times.....it all has to do with NATURE.....
Sas van Gent
Right on the border with Belgium, this little town has a sluice, well known to sailors and boating people.
Just have a look at my Sas van Gent page.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
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