The main reason for going to the Netherlands during this time was of course to attend the installation of the new naval cadets in Den Helder. 50 years after my own installation. But there was more. Of course there was. I went to see my two sons, Gjalt and Ewout, in Utrecht and I was, of course, present at the house warming party of my daughter in Egmond aan Zee.
I also went to my publisher Uitgeverij Aspekt in Soesterberg, where I discussed the editing of my two new books, ‘Uit in eigen huis’, meaning ‘Going out in your own house,’ and having fun. A cook book especially for men. And my e-book ‘De Orbs evolutie.’ No need to translate that.
Did a lot of shopping, some CD’s and DVD’s, some peanut butter and other Dutch delicacies and a lot of stuff from the toko. Hot stuff, spicy stuff. Things that are not available in France. And a new wide-angle camera. I also visited some old friends
Then there was this special tour for Door and me. Looking for our roots in Friesland, that special province in the north of the Netherlands.
We were in Franeker where I have lived for a few years. We did most of what is called ‘De Elf Steden tocht.’ A famous skating tour over more than 200 kilometers along the eleven cities of Friesland. Wonderful places, all of them.
We visited the places where our ancestors lay buried, churches, cemeteries. And we even did a trip by canoe over the ‘Linde’ river. And visited some of our mutual friends.
It was quite a lot and we were exhausted, but happily exhausted.
01 A typical Frisian church in Hichtum
02 beautiful church benches in Bolsward
03 The big church in Bolsward
04 Franeker, my former home
05 The townhall of Franeker
06 Garage sale all over Franeker
07 Franeker fair!
08 The famous bridge (for skating) in Franeker
09 The big church in Franeker
10 Inside the church
11 Huge granite tombstones
12 Sending you all my love
13 Allegaartje (jumble) in Franeker
14 Where you can buy and sell everything
15 Harlingen harbour
16 A trypical sailors shop
17 The museum of Jopie Huisman in Workum
18 Typical Frisian architecture
19 The marina in the town of Hindelopen
20 Senior citizens all on bike ~ healthy for all!
21 Waiting for her man in the town of Stavoren in the old harbour
23 Lovely canal in the town of Sloten
24 What a nice ships here in Sloten, known as Tjalks!
25 The tomb of my Grandparents in Oldeholtpade
26 A typical rich Frisian farm
27 Femkes house in Egmond
28 And her kitchen
29 And her cat
30 The sea and the dunes
22 The two famous women of Stavoren
31 Door with an old sailor
32 Our old home in Petten
33 Hotel Cosmos in Contexeville
34 With beautiful staircase
35 Joke welcoming me back