I'm still away from home and traveling. We're staying with my mum in Rotterdam, Holland, where we raised our glasses of bubbly at midnight to toast on the New Year. Then we spent a long time enjoying the fireworks that just happened to be in front of mum's house.
Sunday we went to see our friends in the traditional village of Spakenburg.
They have an old farmhouse in the centre (there are no more farms in the centre but the farmhouses are still there).
Our friends took us for a walk through the village, which is lovely. There is a small harbour for the old fishing boats.
They are no longer used for fishing though because the sea (Zuiderzee) is no longer there. The Dutch have reclaimed the land where before there was sea.
Spakenburg is in the middle of the map. As you can see, the parts of land with the names Almere, Lelystad and Flevoland has been reclaimed from the sea. Almere is a large commuter town for Amsterdam.
There was one boat in the harbour that wasn't covered with canvas:
This part of the harbour is for the old boats and on the other side (out of view) there is a marina for motorboats.
We stayed for a meal and I helped lay the table. Here I am with a glass in my hands qualifying my for T for Tuesday:
This village of Spakenburg is known for its tradidional costume. My friends'parents still wear it, but I haven't been able to photograph any of them (they don't like it) so here is a postcard:
Here are two more images of this beautiful village.
That's it from me in the Netherlands. Wednesday we wil be flying to Copenhagen in Denmark. So next week (If I can) I will blog from there.
Happy T-Day and have a good week,