Just back from a brief, but fantastic few days on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. I didn't have much time to explore, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere. What makes Schiermonnikoog special is the absence of automobiles. Yep, no cars, just bikes and walking, with the occasional bus as necessary. (Of course, if you live on the island you may have a vehicle.)
Did you you know that the Wadden Sea, the area between the islands and the mainland, has been added to the World Heritage List? It is a very unique inter-tidal area which exposes the sea bottom when the tide is out. If you like trudging in wet sand, this is the place to do it. Wonderful wildlife as well.
The two above images courtesy H.Hulst
The weather was idyllic and it was just what I needed to transition back from California to Holland. There is nothing like sleeping on an island! It feels extra special and magical. This was especially true because I was photographing children and their energy and joy is so contagious. I really enjoyed my time on the island and I think you might too.
|The famous Hotel van der Werff, since 1726, located in the town center.|
I stayed at a little beach hotel called Zandt aan Zee, which had lovely views and an even lovelier gentleman named Andre, who is the owner. He was very kind and generous and I'm sure he is always that way. Breakfast is included, which is essential for me. There is a large patio with lots of seating and tons of lounge chairs for sunbathing.
|The view from the patio|
9166 NH Schiermonnikoog