Going from Ukraine to Holland is a matter of hours. Not much to see, even less when the weather is not cooperating. Arriving after some bright sunshine above the clouds left me with a 16C and heavy clouds in Amsterdam Schiphol.

Canals and bikesCanals and bikes

No problems, I wasn’t going to stay in Amsterdam anyway. After the flight, a small trip of a few hours to Leeuwarden, a small city in the north of Holland.

Whenever you go on travel or holiday with a camera you come back with pictures. Some will be the obligatory pictures like the jet engine of the plane you’re about to board…

Huge and powerful Huge and powerful

And you will have a lot of other pictures, with which you do not have a complete story or a complete set of pictures for a story. Here are some random pictures of our travel to Ukraine and Holland in the past five weeks.

In Holland we have some old villages that still function in the way they did around the turn of the century. The previous century, that is.

Toll house, no one gets in without paying Toll house, no one gets in without paying

Now I’ve been talking about many places where life is like it was a hundred years ago, here it is preserved as a working and living museum. In other words daily life continues as it did a hundred years ago.

Oh, the beach! What a pleasure to go to the beach on a nice afternoon! Wherever that beach may be, we always think about sunshine and hot sand. We decided to go to the beach near Bergen aan Zee in Holland. Noord-Holland, one of the two provinces that give the name Holland to The Netherlands.

On the road to the beach On the road to the beach

You wouldn’t expect a blazing sun in mid-September in Holland…

And we didn’t get one. But the beach was full of activity, despite the not so clement sky.

Whenever someone talks about a leaning tower, the image of the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy comes to mind. The famous tower where Galileo Galilei dropped weights to demonstrate the principle of mass.

 Oldehove Majestic

In Leeuwarden, Holland stands another leaning tower called the Oldehove. This one, apart from leaning towards one side is also crooked as a banana. It also leans more than the tower of Pisa. Galileo would have been able to do even more experiments here.