Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our First Expedition to Schouwen-Duiveland

Yesterday being Wednesday, we resumed our "hump" day (Wednesday being the "hump" in the middle of the week -- a day that I often feel most exasperated)... adventures. I packed the boys up in the car and headed North through "Noord-Beveland", and across the Zeelandbrug, which is reportedly The Netherlands' longest bridge (at just over 5 km), before reaching the island of "Schouwen-Duiveland". Once there, we visited the cities of Zierikzee and Oude Tonge -- a town with a large industrial area, but quaint circular center, with old brick homes surrounding the historic old Dutch church and church yard.

On our next visit, I'd like to make it over to Ooltgensplaat, a small town on the Eastern side of the island with, you guessed it, beautiful old Dutch row-houses and a harbor. Despite their similarities though, somehow these seaside villages are all distinctly different and worth exploring.

Driving through the Dutch countryside, I followed a dike into the rural area and came across a very charming old farm house (pictured here on the left). Driving here is so peaceful -- I love (nearly) every minute of it.

On the way home we stopped at a restaurant on Lake Grevelingen, taking time afterwards for a quick stroll on the beach. It was a bit more challenging to go exploring with a second child, but better with two children than not at all!

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