A wonderful weekend


Saturday, April 30
Sweetheart and I spend a wonderful weekend in Zeeland. Zeeland is the westernmost province of the Netherlands. The province, located in the south-west of the country, consists of a number of islands and peninsulas (hence its name, meaning “sea-land”) and a strip bordering Belgium. Its capital is Middelburg. Its area is about 2,930 square kilometers (1,130 sq. mi), of which almost 1,140 square kilometers (440 sq mi) is water, and it has a population of about 380,000.

Main entrance to Zierikzee. Ricoh GR II
Main entrance to Zierikzee.
Ricoh GR II

Large parts of Zeeland are below sea level. The last great flooding of the area was in 1953. Tourism is an important economic activity. In the summer, its beaches make it a popular destination for tourists, especially German tourists. In some areas, the population can be two to four times higher during the high summer season. The coat of arms of Zeeland shows a lion half-emerged from water, and the text “luctor et emergo” (Latin for “I struggle and I emerge”). The country of New Zealand is named after Zeeland (not Zealand (Sjælland) in Denmark, as sometimes claimed). (Source Wikipedia)

On the left the "Fat" Tower. Ricoh GR II
On the left the “Fat” Tower.
Ricoh GR II

Saturday was sunny but the wind was very cold. Sunday was delicious and warm when in the sun and the wind was less chilly too.

On Saturday we visited Zierikzee. We climbed the 62 metres high Sint-Lievens Monster Tower or “Fat” tower and enjoyed a gorgeous 360° view. After that we strolled through the small, cozy and busy streets.

View on the Zeelandbrige from the "Fat" Tower. Ricoh GR II
View on the Zeelandbrige from the “Fat” Tower.
Ricoh GR II
View on Zierikzee from the "Fat" Tower. On the left City Hall. Ricoh GR II
View on Zierikzee from the “Fat” Tower. On the left City Hall.
Ricoh GR II

On our way to the hotel we stopped at a part of the Grevelingen Lake for another walk. There were windsurfers and kitesurfers but after a short while we got cold and decided to head to our hotel near Tholen. It was a great stay at Hotel Oosterschelde. We enjoyed mussels in their restaurant and boy they were simply delicious.

Us (2016) Enjoying the golden hour. Ricoh GR II
Us (2016)
Enjoying the golden hour.
Ricoh GR II

After that we went for a short walk but quickly turned in for some intense, well, you know. I also shot a few images in the room as I was inspired by Edward Hopper. I’ll post these separately and comment  them.

Left Restaurant 't Veerhuis and to the right the hotel. Shot during the "blue" hour. Ricoh GR II
Left Restaurant ‘t Veerhuis and to the right the hotel. Shot during the “blue” hour.
Ricoh GR II

Sunday, May 1st
The next morning, after a great breakfast, we headed back to Zierikzee. We stopped at the Bruinisse Marina for a walk. It was very warm in the sun and Sweetheart and I fantasized about owning a yacht.

After a short walk in Zierikzee we arrived at the port and started our 2 hour tour on the Oosterschelde.

Zeeland Bridge (2016) Ricoh GR II
Zeeland Bridge (2016)
Ricoh GR II

It was sublime. The weather was great, we saw a bunch of seals sunbathing on a sandbank and the boat came really close. I did not take that much pictures as I wanted to savor the moment itself. Besides, I did not get very far with the 135mm on my Olympus OM-10.

Seals (2016) The Belgian yacht came much to close, chasing some of the seals. Ricoh GR II
Seals (2016)
The Belgian yacht came much to close, chasing some of the seals.
Ricoh GR II

For a short moment we were accompanied by a couple of porpoises.

Back in Zierikzee we dined in a small Thai restaurant. The food was delicious, service, like everywhere, friendly.

Then we headed back home and then I had to say goodbye to Sweetheart when I dropped her of at her place.

I shot quite some images with the Ricoh GR II, in 28 mm and in the 35 and 47mm crop modes. I am still very happy with the camera.
This morning I dropped 2 color films off at the store, I’ll get them back this Saturday. I hope to develop a black and white roll today or tomorrow.

This restaurant was a real treat. Ricoh GR II
This restaurant was a real treat.
Ricoh GR II

 

 

 

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