So it seems that the summer is gone – it left rather abruptly I must say! So far I’m feeling pretty excited about fall though. Cosy scarves, scented candles, torrential downpour … bring it! (I’ll likely feel the exact opposite of this in a few weeks but, for now, I’m embracing the change of seasons and have been obsessively reading style blogs to get inspiration – not that I’m likely to end up veering too far from my uniform of black on black on jeans and comfy shoes, but hey!)
Perhaps to celebrate the last few days of summer, Pieter and I took a little spur-of-the-moment road trip last weekend. Except for the time I took a ferry from Leeuwaarden to the island of Ameland, I’d never been to Friesland before. A real shame considering pretty much Pieter’s entire family is Friesian!
We didn’t have a set itinerary, but rather, decided to sort of wing it. We crossed the huge dyke that connects Flevoland, the man-made province, to Friesland, and then drove along the edge of the lake back down again, stopping in little villages along the way to do some snooping.
Our first stop was Makkum, where we treated ourselves to Dutch pannekoeken (pancakes) while we waited for a little storm to pass.
An old post office.
I came across this adorable onesie and, had the store been open, I would totally have bought one for my littlest baby niece … who is arriving (with her parents and big brother) TODAY!!
I just love that Friesian flag! Where else in the world do they have hearts on their flag? (Technically they’re a specific kind of flower but I prefer the heart idea.)
As soon as the rain let up a little, we continued on our way – and I’m afraid the names of the next villages get increasingly difficult! (They have their own language over there and as much as Pieter’s relatives try to assure me that once you speak Dutch it’s totally easy to learn Frisian, I beg to differ!) Among our stops were Hindeloopen, Workum, Koudum, and Woudsend.
We drove almost the entire way on this one teeny tiny main road that connected all of these places to one another. We had to be careful for sheep!
Hindeloopen looked like it was actually quite bustling, but we got there right as the torrential downpour started, and ended up seeing it only from the outside, and by car. I definitely want to go back though!
Fortunately the skies did clear later on, so we were able to do some real creeping in the next villages. More than once I wondered if these places were real! They felt like fairytale settings.
(Those are in fact cattle you see up there!)
In Woudsend we came across the harbour, which they use every year for Sneek Week – pronounced more like snake vake – which is a yearly event where hoards of people go out sailing across the Friesian lakes and party it up at night … A sort of Frisian Yacht Week, if you will.
At the back of this little alley a store sells the cutest liquor bottles! Definitely worth checking out if you want a souvenir.
The afternoon passed by in a flash, and we needed to start heading back West. We made one last stop before we did.
And we were rewarded for trooping through the rain …
It was the perfect little trip for a lazy, rainy Sunday. It left me wanting to see more, and also made me realize how many places there are in this country that I still haven’t seen.
For now though, I’ve got my sister, brother-in-law, and their two kids coming! And then on Sunday, Pieter and I leave for two weeks in Toronto!
Happy Monday everyone!