Thursday, 28 July 2011

Schiermonnikoog (Part 1)

So to expand my Dutch experience, Sandra decided to show me one of the islands surrounding Holland. The closest one to Groningen, which we visited, is Schiermonnikoog (quite the mouthful). We spent the day cycling from one end of the island to the other (yup - it's that small!), while visiting the local beaches, cafes, and shops along the way.

 The first and most important thing to do before you start exploring the island: 
Rent a tandem bike! (So you get the full Dutch experience!)

Some of the local houses we passed on our way to downtown Schiermonnikoog... 
(very quaint - reminds me of cottages)

The view of downtown...

The local grocery store
(Notice the flag by the entrance? It's Schiermonnikoog's own flag. Each island has its own)

Kwalitaria: The only fast food joint in Schiermonnikoog
(I was surprised to find out it was a fast food joint. To me, it just looked like another cafe!)
'T Peperhusjen: The Local Candystore
(They have a huge variety of Dutch sweets, especially licorice!)

Of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a look inside ... 

Graaf Bernstorff: One of the many hotels in the heart of downtown  

Their restaurant's outdoor patio is a great place to sit and enjoy the weather 
(and watch people pass by ;))

And of course, it's also a great place to eat!
(This is what croquettes look like on the inside)

Graaf Bernstorff : Reeweg 1, Schiermonnikoog

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