Sunday, March 1, 2009

Egmond aan zee

Last Sunday we have been in the small village of Egmond-by-the-Sea, on the northwestern Dutch coast.

After parking, we went for a walk above the dunes on the beach we were welcomed by this fantastic hairy friend:

This bull was so sweet, he greeted us and startet to lik the hands of passers-by !

For a Brazilian person is very surprising to know that North Europeans go to their beaches even in a cloudy, windy or cold day. Dogs and children were running around, women wearing their fancy clothes and chic shoes...

Bikeriders were also having a good moment. The Dutch call this: to get a fresh nose (een frisse neus halen).

Note the iron constructions on the sand (photos above).. They serve as foundations for the kiosks and bars/restaurants and pavillions that are build during spring and summer seasons.
Egmond attracts lots of German tourists and has a boulevard with lots of shops: restaurants serving fish and other delicacies from the sea, florists, home interior decorations, bijoux, clothing, you name it .

Check this one with country/sea life inspired products:

I am especially fond of this shop with products such as lamps, bowls, dishes, tajines, candle holders and tiles from Tunesia:

On the way back to the parking lot we noticed for the first time a museum about the city of Egmond. But it was raining and we had no patience or time to check it inside. Sorry readers !

There are a lot variations in the the size of houses: very big and very small houses in Egmond. Also many flats with apartments. I pictured some of those peculiar tiny houses below:

It was a great weekend, we walked a lot, woods in Bergen and beach in Egmond, plus lots of shops !

1 comment:

Beth Blue said...

You have to go back there in july, middle of the summer! Then it is really busy, with lots of families with small children.

I've been there a couple of times when Liam was a toddler. Now we go to Scheveningen and Kijkduin.