A unique area in the North of the Netherlands and Germany is the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea is an unusual type of nature and shines on the Unesco’s World Heritage list.
The area is essential for a lot of birds, seals and aquatic plants and is very vulnerable. That became all too clear in 2019 when the ship MSC Zoë sank North of the Wadden Sea, the Netherlands, and a lot of plastic and consumer products ended up in the sea and on the islands.
The Wad Walk of 2019 (I explain what a Wad Walk is later on) was dedicated to cleaning up part of the sea shore of Wadden island Schiermonnikoog. But the effects of this environmental disaster are not clear yet.
The black pencil lines are the only evidence that there is ice on the water. It was a freezing cold day today, so we decided to walk one of our famous hikes: The Smugglers’ Route. Half of the route is in the Netherlands, the other half in Belgium. It’s a walk of about two hours. … Read more
There are not many things I love more than walking next to the surf in a nice temperature with a cool breeze surrounding me. How lucky we are to be able to do this frequently. This beach, Playa de Nares, is just a 10-minute car-drive from our house. Like most beaches over here, it has … Read more
The weather app keeps predicting sun and the reality keeps being rainy. Well, we won’t melt from a bit of rain. Although we didn’t like that the supposedly drying laundry outside got soaking wet again. Today we walked a part of the Vías Verde. We took up the path about 600 m. from our house … Read more
At the sunny start of our way up the mountain La Maroma, we passed a farm where someone was singing an Andalusian folksong. I am not sure of course but in my ears, it sounded very much like flamenco, which is authentic Andalusian.What a nice way to start a hike. The top La Maroma is … Read more
Yesterday the picture showed a fine example of the lengthy walking boulevards there are to be found in many Spanish coastal cities and villages. Friends of us told us that the specific boulevard on yesterday’s picture takes a 4-hour hike, one way! Walking boulevards do not discriminate. Spanish people and those from other countries, handicapped … Read more