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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Terschelling

View of West Terschelling village, harbor and lighthouse

My sister-in-law lives on the Dutch island of Terschelling, in the North Sea and we were able to spend a few days with her this summer. It is such a cool island, long and thin, with a wide beach that covers it's entire Northern coast. Terschelling is part of an island chain off the part city of Harlingen.

We spent one day riding bikes around the island, racing a huge thunderstorm home just before dark. It was actually a lot of fun to spend a hours with my son on a tandem bike. He talked the entire time, telling me stories about school and his favorite computer game (Minecraft!). I'm not the most skilled bike rider, so I was a little nervous on the big bike. The Dutch are practically born on a bike, but I has really gripping those handle bars.

Many of the homes and buildings on the island were built from lumber washed ashore from shipwrecks. There are hundreds of shipwrecks surrounding the island. There is a great museum filled with items washed ashore or salvaged around the island. The island is a few miles wide and 15 miles long, and I really wish I had brought my running shoes. But it was perfect to explore by bike. During certain times of year at low tide you can even go Mudflat Hiking, or Wadlopen, and actually walk from the mainland to the island via the tidal flat. The Husband did this a few years ago, and I didn't go because I didn't think I was in shape to do it. It was before I lost my weight.


The entire Northwest coast of the island is one long wide beach. It was pretty empty when we were there in mid-July, since August is really vacation month in Europe. Terschelling is considered a low-key vacation spot, mostly for campers. No big fancy hotels here. Lots of Dutch and German high school students arrive by the boat full as part of school trips. Did I mention the drinking age is 16 in my last post? Steer clear of any cafe marketed "Disco" at night - that is key word for drunk children as far as I'm concerned. That was the only negative thing I encountered our whole trip. Maybe it is just my age, where that sort of thing really annoys me.

I had seen these boats used as houseboats in the canals in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, but I had no idea they could sail on the ocean! They were beautiful and we passed many on the two hour ferry ride to the island. Terschelling also has several bomb shelters from WW1 and WW2 that the boys loved to explore. There is also a very large square light house that is supposed to be the oldest lighthouse in the Netherlands, built in 1594. But it looked awfully modern to me, and I'd guess it has been rebuilt. But it was just outside my sister-in-laws top floor windows and made for a beautiful view at night.

It was along trip to get to Terschelling and who knows if we will make it back there again. But the kids loved all of it and it was wonderful to spend time with family. As far as food goes on this part of the trip, I cannot even remember eating! We were so busy and active, seems like we had lots of coffee and beer! Eggs for breakfast and sausage and cheeses midday. But I don't remember being hungry or thinking of food at all, which is a change for me.

Thanks for your sweet comments on my last post! I am working through each of the things on the list instead of wallowing in frustration and indecision. I am happy to report that my pool nolonger has algae (or at least it doesn't today), we decided to rent our home in Denver again, instead of selling it (thanks to recent neighborhood foreclosures) and I have booked Skyler's 8th bday party at a local waterslide. Check, check, check. School started this week for the kids and trying to start new habits for the kids and myself right off the bat!

7 comments:

  1. I can only imagine how special the trip was! Such great pictures.
    I'm happy that things are looking up and you are back on track! We all need some of us to be in good spots:)

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  2. Gorgeous and it looks so peaceful! Riding bikes to get around sounds so nice compared to bumper to bumper beltway driving!

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  3. Amber - Looks fabulous, I wish we had been able to sort out meeting up with you there for a few days. Thanks for sharing - Martin & Gang x

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  4. WoW! What a great trip you had, and you look like you had so much fun! Keep up with those new habits - they are HARD to get stick. I have some this year too.

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  5. So this has totally not much to do with your actual post... But my son has been wanting to download Minecraft (think it's $27) and intends to spend his own money even. So it's a legitimate game?

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    1. Yup, Becky. We own it over here, too, and it's been played by all three of my boys, even the five year old. I had to ban my 10 year old b/c he got way too obsessed with it, but that's an entirely different conversation. :)

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    2. Its a real thing Becky! But like Dawn says, they get obsessive about it. We have limits with it for the school year!

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