One of the minor pleasures I get from my Netherlands visits are the cheap tarts. Even the smallest of towns will have somewhere warm and cosy where they can be enjoyed.
Here in the Hoek I was spoiled for choice with three temptresses all on the same street. They looked good, smelled good and were suitably inexpensive but I managed to discipline myself and merely window shopped.
Just as an aside: The difference between a pie and a tart? - Tarts go topless. The difference between a tart and a torte? - Tortes show it all off.
Here's the pics anyway -
Hook of Holland - literally "Corner of Holland", also known as the Hook (De Hoek), is a town in the western Netherlands. It is situated on the North Sea coast, on the north bank of the Nieuwe Waterweg ship canal. The town is administered by the municipality of Rotterdam as a district of that city.
I was there in December of 1995 when we saw the Maaslantkering. It is a storm surge barrier in the Nieuwe Waterweg waterway located between the towns of Hoek van Holland and Maassluis which automatically closes when needed. It is part of the Delta Works and it is one of largest moving structures on Earth.
You can watch my 3 min 53 sec Video Hoek van Holland Maas lantkering out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
I am not that fond of saying "goodbye" and "until we meet again" ...
And that very "goodbye" feeling I always get when on places where people do say these things and know they are leaving their beloveds for longer time.
Like on railway stations, in the airports, and ... at the harbours or at a small port.
Fondest memory: Maybe because I had to leave my place of birth, my native country, my childhood ... *kidding* ...
In Hoek van Holland that feeling is always on my mind.
Sometimes it is sad, sometimes it is happy ...
And when I leave I always say "goodbye" to the ocean, the beach, the canal ...
Goodby Hoek van Holland, until we meet again!
It is said Hoek van Holland should be a beach resort only for locals and people around Hoek van Holland, like from Rotterdam, Monster, Ter Heijde etc. Could be true, still we enjoy the special power of this Hoek van Holland beach!
Maybe not yet a trendy beach resort like Noordwijk and Scheveningen but Hoek van Holland is a lovely beach resort with all kind of sports and events. And little by little the place is growing to a bigger and more modern hot spot.
Fondest memory: I just do love the beach and the view to the North Sea. Some times it can be very quiet, in the week-ends crowded like disco, still there is plenty of space! I enjoy visiting Hoek van Holland just before and after the high season, when daytime ... and when evening falls.
Anywhere in the world the sunset-time is magical and mysterious.
Most people enjoy these stunning moments of their holidays, their free time or just moment of peace and silence.
When evenings falls in Hoek van Holland that is not much different from other places.
Fondest memory: I can sit down on the beach, enjoy the peace and silence and watch the sunsets.
It is like the sun is going down in the North Sea and that is a moment of stunning thrills.
It is because of the New Waterway, too,... I know.
All is moving ... thanks to the river- and oceanwater!
Beside that a walk to the dunes can be very relaxing, it is also a place where you can find a bit of history.
At many places you can find bunkers which reminds you to times of war. Because the "Waterweg" was an important gateway to Rotterdam and the Netherlands you will see bunkers meant to protect this gateway.
Picture taken august 6, 2003