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Aviodrome Historic Aircraft

Aviodrome Historic Aircraft Fokker F27 'Friendship' he Fokker Friendship is one of the most important milestones in Dutch aviation history. Don't let the modern looks fool you, it is a historic plane. You can experience a flight as though it where the 1950s, even the interior is original! The authentic toilet, the open overhead bins and the original galley are good examples of that. Our Friendship was...

VOC merchant ship Batavia

VOC merchant ship Batavia at shipyard, Lelystad The building of the Batavia In 1985 a start was made with the reconstruction of the Batavia on a shipyard in the Dutch city of Lelystad. Under the guidance of Master-shipbuilder Willem Vos a group of young people worked on this project. The keynote has been to achieve the most authentic reconstruction by using traditional materials and following the building methods of the day...

History Of Eleven City Tour

Frisian Eleven City Tour Even though a similar tour was held in 1890, the first proper Eleven City Tour was not organized until 1909. However, the organizers, the Friesian Ice Association, stated that it would organize this event only once. A few years later, Mindert E. Hepkema took the initiative to establish the Vereniging De Friesche Elf Steden (Association of the Eleven Frisian Cities). This marks...

Bonifacius Church (Bonifaciuskerk), Medemblik

The "Pieter Backer" organ, Bonifacius Church (Bonifaciuskerk) in Medemblik The Bonifaciuskerk (Bonifacius Church), which dates back to the twelfth century, boasts the famous 17th century Pieter Backer organ. At the foot of the Bonifaciuskerk, in the entrance porch of the former orphanage, is the exhibition area of the archaeological society ‘Medenblick’. There is a large children’s playground and children’s farm in the recently renovated Koningin...

Royal House of the Netherlands and Grand-Ducal House of Luxembourg

The Dutch Royal Family and Royal House of the Netherlands The daughters of Queen Juliana bear the titles Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess zur Lippe-Biesterfeld (Royal Highness). The sons of Queen Beatrix bear the titles Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (Royal Highness). The sons of Princess Margriet bear the titles Prince of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (...

ZUIDER ZEE or ZUYDER ZEE AT WIKI AND ENCYCLOPEDIA

Historical map of the Netherlands A land-locked inlet on the coast of Holland bounded N. by the chain of the Frisian Islands, and W., S., and E. by the provinces of North Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overysel, and Friesland. It is about 85 m. long N. to S., and from lo to 45 M. broad, with an area of 2027 sq. m., and contains the islands of Marken, Schokland, Urk, Wieringen, and Griend. In the early centuries...

"Here is the spot, where is the man?"

There was once a fisherman from Spakenburg who could hear voices in the water. When he was sailing on the Zuiderzee a voice from the waves asked him: "Here is the spot but where is the man?" The skipper, who understood nothing of this question, decided to tell the clergyman. The latter listened closely to the tale and wanted to witness this for himself. So the skipper promised...

The hole of Sol

Somewhere in the Veluwe woods there is the Solse Gat, a large hole in the hilly countryside. Once there used to be a monastery there, surrounded by moats. However, this was not a good monastery, for the monks lived lavishly and richly and they had surrendered their souls to the Devil. The monks loved revelling; wine was drunk, and there was dancing and singing, ranting and...

Kaatje beside the lock in Blokzijl

A young merchant's widow from Amsterdam, Brecht Jansdochter, set up an inn next to the lock in Blokzijl, around 1660. After a few years Brecht married again, this time to a master of a whaling vessel. His name was Joriz Jorisz. When she gave birth to a healthy daughter in 1672 she called her Cato and she soon became known as Kaatje. At that time the father, Joris, went to sea...

The pin-pricking witch of Hoorn

Long ago there lived in Hoorn a barge-hand, who was married. Every other night he was away from home, working on a regular barge service. In those nights at sea he often felt oppressed, as if he were stifling, and eventually he just seemed to pine away. Then someone suggested that perhaps his wife was to blame. He suggested that the barge hand should stay at home one night,...

The Kampen Sturgeon

The Kampen Sturgeon The city of Kampen expected important visitors. A meal which would do the city proud was going to be served; the guests would be treated to delicious sturgeon. However, the guests could not make it on the agreed date and the visit had to be postponed. This meant that the sturgeon had to be kept alive until the new date. After a lot of deliberation the notables took a wise...

A gambling tale

In an inn in Medemblik, robber Zwarte Tijs once met a stranger whom he invited to throw dice with him. Tijs lost all he possessed. Then he staked his soul and threw double six. But when the stranger had thrown the dice, everyone saw that a corner of one of the dice was chipped off. The total on the table was thirteen! At that moment Tijs collapsed; he was dead. In the ensuing...

Witches' cats disappear

As a boy my father experienced the following. It happened when he was a shoemaker's apprentice in Hoorn. Walking home one evening he saw five white cats at a crossing. Because he had heard people talk about witches, he took a stone and threw it at the cats. Straight away they were gone, but he had not seen any of them run away.

OmmeleBommele stone

It is said that you can see the figure of an old lady reading the Bible in the light of the lighthouse of Urk. The stork as a baby-bringer is unknown on the island of Urk; the local babies grow on the OmmeleBommele stone which sticks out of the water at a spot not far from the island. Another tale: When a young man from Urk was on his way to his ship one evening he saw a...

Widow of Stavoren

The sagas and legends of Urk A rich widow from Stavoren in Friesland commanded a sea-going captain to bring her back "something precious ". When he returned from his voyage with a cargo of wheat, and said: "I have brought wheat to please you, the most perfect we could find" she was furious. She threw the precious cargo of wheat into the sea and then, screaming hysterically, she also threw her ring into...
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