The past week my family and I were here on this Dutch island of Texel, which is the largest of a group of islands in the north of the Netherlands.On the west side of the island sand dunes protect the island from the sea. On the east side there's only a small part with dunes and a dyke to protect that part of the island.
Arriving on the island the first thing I noticed were the flocks of sheep. The villages are very picturesque and well preserved. I often had the feeling that I was abroad, for it was so different from the mainland . There is a possibility to go on a seal watching tour. There's also a seal sanctuary.
A very common bird is the sea- gull, but all kind of geese are there too and the odd duck. We rented a house large enough for 8 persons. There were four bedrooms, two toilets, a bathroom, and a livingroom with a small open kitchen. A utility room contained a second fridge. The house was surrounded by dunes, and the other houses were all spread all over the place. Plenty of space for the three children to play. In the evening they went swimming in the indoor swimmingpool. We hired bicycles and did everything by bike. I didn't cycle here much. One of the villages I really love, is Oosterend ( Easter End). My sister used to live there from 1960 till 1967. My brother-in-law was the vicar of the Reformed Church of Oosterend. We spent many happy holidays with them.
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