Texel, North Holland Photo Essay
In July 2016, just after graduating from the Technical University of Eindhoven, we decided to see the northern part of the Netherlands. When you look at the map of this country the distances seem very big but in fact, you can travel from the south to the north end in just 3 hours by car.
During 2 years of our living in Holland we had seen a lot of southern provinces including Zeeland, which is basically a big river delta with many charming towns, Limburg with a beautiful, historic city of Maastricht, South Holland with modern Rotterdam, Delft- the city of Jan Vermeer and many, many vintage windmills everywhere. We also had a chance to stay in a typical row house in Utrecht, a city with the Old Town full of picturesque canals. Last but not least in the biggest province of the Netherlands, the Gelderland, we spent a whole day in a magical place called Hoge Veluwe, which is a National Park with beautiful heathlands, sand dunes and woodlands. In the premises you can also find the Kröller-Müller Museum with a great art collection and an outdoor sculpture park. What we liked best was a treat for architecture lovers- a tour inside the Jachthuis Sint-Hubertus a holiday villa designed as a gesamtkunstwerk by a famous XX-th century Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage.
Seeing all of this we decided that before heading back home we just have to see North Holland. As it was supposed to be a part of our summer holidays we decided to go on an Island. Friends recommended us visiting Texel. It is the biggest island in Holland and one third of it is a protected nature reserve. The dunes form a unique habitat for wildlife, which reminds Biblical descriptions of paradise: green hills, small ponds, grazing cows living next to waterfowl. Unfortunately during our stay for the most of the time it was raining cats and dogs with only short clearings. We were walking among the green meadows on the western coast all soaking wet. It was very difficult to take pictures in such conditions, but we would like to share with you a few we have managed to take.