Monday, 31 May 2010

that's My World, ABC Wednesday,T for Texel.





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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38 comments:

Anya said...

Yeahhhhh..... TEXEL
Ik ga er graag naartoe.
Het is er alleen altijd erg duur tegenover Limburg hihihihi....
De overtocht met de boot
is ook altijd zo leuk,
een echt vakantie gevoel heb ik dan
Het is alleen altijd de vraag
hoe word het "weer" :-)

Fijne avond
groetjes :-)

Dina said...

Charming old places there on Texel.
I can see why you are having a great time together.

Miss_Yves said...

Les dunes, les grèves, les plages de sable ressemblent à notre côte du Cotentin.
Les habitations sont très différentes .
Le rassemblement de mouettes est très amusant, et la statue des moutons charmante.

Indrani said...

Such lovely shots... great place to be.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely place to spend some time! Love your photos as always, Wil! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Jack and Joann said...

Wow, you certainly get around the world these days, Fishing Guy. I've been following you exploits and gorgeous pics of Austria, Italy, Mexico and now Holland.
Wow! Wow! Wow!

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a wonderful time at the beach house. And a fun time for the family to spend together.
Wonderful photos.

Riet said...

Texel, een van onze mooie eilanden. Wij waren er ook eens lang geleden. Het was er koud.
Fijne week.

Arija said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely island with us.
Hope you had a great time with your family.

Etje said...

We zijn er nog nooit geweest, maar staat wel al lang op ons verlanglijstje dus....

Jo said...

Hi Reader Wil;) I've not been over to you for a while. What a lovely post on the island Texel. Living on the other side of the world, I never realised there are "islands" in your area. Thanks for sharing. Greetings from a South African living in the Sudan.

Ann said...

I won't like to live in the house at your header photo. There is no lawn. I like green like your other photos. That muscovy duck, my mum used to keep a lot of them, and I had to feed them. The drake was very fierce.

Rinkly Rimes said...

An intriguing slide-show; an entertainment in itself. Do you sell tickets?

Arkansas Patti said...

What a great idea to all go somewhere so delightful, instead of piling on one family mamber's home.
I just love the level areas which would be such wonerful biking. I miss that a lot in the Ozarks.
Now, I have to go to Google Earth to find that delightful island.

Tumblewords: said...

What a lovely place - it looks perfect for a family vacation or for any vacation at all.

dragonfly said...

I enjoyed my visit to Texel, Take care this week and see you next for another slideshow to enjoy

Reader Wil said...

Hi Dragonfly! I tried to find your blog but I have no access. I am sorry, but anyway thanks for your visit and kind comment.

Troy said...

It looks and sounds like a very peaceful place to visit.

anthonynorth said...

That looks a lovely peaceful place. Reminds me a little of some of the Scottish islands.

Roger Owen Green said...

I love that TUCKED-in space. Oh, BTW, I initial misread Texel as TEXAS!

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - ROG

Hildred and Charles said...

Love traveling with you Reader. You must have had a marvelous time and the Slide is such a great way to illustrate.

Amy said...

Another great slide show - looks like a perfect vacation spot. Loved the tree lined lane - so beautiful!

Stan Ski said...

One of these days, I must pay a visit.

Jingle said...

cool t-word...
I joined in this week.
See you later.

Vagabonde said...

Je ne connaissais pas cette ile Texel. J’aime beaucoup les îles, surtout celles où on est près de la nature. Vos photos montrent bien tout l'environnement de cette île. Vous avez dù passer de belles journées là-bas.

Vicki Lane said...

It looks like a charming place! Thanks for the tour!

Etje said...

Vanaf vandaag is de zon ook terug van de partij, probeer er maar wat van te genieten

Granny Smith said...

A lovely tribute to a charming island. Your vacation sounds idyllic!

jay said...

It sounds a wonderfully peaceful place! Love your banner, too. :)

Carol said...

Beautiful images of Texel. I enjoyed your slide show.

Cai said...

Nice photo!
If your interested check out my newly opened photo challenge website thats not like the others. www.weekdayphotos.com.

Have a look and hopefully ill be seeing photos from you soon :)

Have a good one

Barbara Martin said...

Wil, thanks for sharing your visit with the great photos.

*♥Shydub♥* said...

I love your entry, it's quite a trip. Look like you had a nice ferry ride to texel.


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Abraham Lincoln said...

You tell the story of your visit very well and I suppose you know that Dick is from Texel.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Interesting post wil - and nice to read you again after my return from Italy. I love your new header too - what a pleasant picture it paints of neighbours.

jeannette said...

Thank you so much for showing Texel! You are right -very pictuesque! Some very old houses there too.
That was quite a big house (for Holland) you could rent!

RuneE said...

I can understand that all of you enjoyed yourself - so would I have done. I reminded me a bit of the western coast of Denmark (Jylland), both the architecture and the nature. Not to mention the gulls :-)

Anna said...

Texel seems like a nice place to visit! Nice photos. You must have had a good time there.

Part of my T-post is devoted to a plant that is found in abundance in the Netherlands! I love them! Luckily I have had a few growing in my garden.

Best wishes,
Anna

Anna's Ts