Saturday, August 13, 2016

The little trip, day 2.

So here's day 2 of our little getaway. Let's start by showing you around our hotel for a bit. We stayed at the Postillion in Haren.

The general interior. Old carpet, mostly stained. It's kept clean but it looks very aged.

The hotel basically consists of 2 buildings. The front building is where the reception, restaurant and conference rooms are. It looked OK. In the picture above you see the back part, where the hotel rooms are. It didn't look very fancy to put it mildly...

Our room had a lovely early 80's design. That's probably because it was installed in the 80's.

But: The room was clean, the bed OK (though, quite small) and it had a clean, hot shower with plenty of water coming out so that was good.

After breakfast we took off on our bicycled that were included in the hotel-deal. The weather was nice and it was a nice ride.

We stopped to get coffee at an icecream shop. I loved the little icecreams on the side!

Church in Haren.

After our bike ride we checked out and drove to Groningen to see what was going there. Big surprise, a Saturday market!

The kibbeling (fried cod) was very nice!

There were real pigeons and Pokemon pigeons.

To make most of our time and because Groningen didn't have much more we wanted to see, we drove to Franeker so I could show Simone the oldest working planetarium in the world:

This man Eise Eisinge made a planetarium in his living room's ceiling which has been working since 1781!

The insides of the planetarium clockwork.


Eise Eisinga's planetarium. Worth your time!

Next up was a little harbour town called Harlingen.

The inner harbour.

We had dinner close to the outer harbour.

After a lovely dinner we went back to our car and drove home.

It's been a fun two days together :-)

Friday, August 12, 2016

The little trip, day 1.

Simone and I went on a little trip together, near Groningen. On the way there we stopped at the "Afsluitdijk" which is the dyke that was created to turn in-land sea into a sweet water lake.
In the middle of the dyke there is a tiny restaurant where you can get lots of different foods and drinks. From the outside it doesn't look like much...

But inside it looks awesome and it's really cosy. You gotta go if you've never been :-)

The dyke. Left of is the sea, on the right is sweet water.

Look who's there!


When we needed to get more petrol this beauty was doing the same.

It's a Mercury Marauder. Mercury was the "luxury" division of the Ford company.

I chatted with the owner a bit until Simone got impatient ;-)
Thanks for letting me talk to this guy sweety! X

We drove straight to the German border, to a place called Bourtange. It's a tiny fortress-village.

There was a funeral going on...

... and there was also a wedding at the same time... Simone made this awesome shot of the bride and groom. Please notice the bride's lovely shoes ;-)

We got to the hotel late afternoon. Staff was good but the hotel is really, really, really ready for renovations!

After dinner we went to Groningen to walk around a bit. There are some nice buildings there.

The Martini-tower. It is NOT named after the drink ;-)

Town-plan in bronze.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bye bye dentist!

I went to my dentist to have two old fillings replaced. I used to like them but not too much anymore. She's doing an OK job but I don't like the place itself. They waiting room has scary shit hanging on the wall and does nothing to make me feel less uncomfortable.

Hence I was not feeling very bad when I told them I'm switching dentists. I'm going to Simone's from now on. They have a nice practice.

When I was done I walked into town, past one of my favourite spots: The fountain at Frederiksplein, which is now also a Pokestop...

I like the real look better. Pity it was raining a lot...

When I got home, a welcoming gift from shops in my new hood was waiting for me. It had lots of freebees and discount vouchers in it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The boat trip (not)

We want to go somewhere for the weekend but we're finding it difficult to decide where to go. Now I'm thinking of the town Groningen, up North, so I looked up what there is to do. And they have boat trips, to go Pokemon hunting. Seriously. They even mentioned the number of Pokestops etc.

I don't think so...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


After dinner we went for a nice long walk in the Twiske.

Lovely weather, great fun :-)