Soesterberg played an important role in the cold-war defensive strategy of NATO. From 1954 till 1994 a USA fighter squadron was stationed on the airbase. They used Phantoms when I did my military service nearby. Several times a week there were interception practices in which four planes would take off… Read More »A walk around former NATO Airbase Soesterberg.
In a wetlands area there is not enough land for roads, so when doing a round walk you always have to do part on a road. In this case you walk through the village of Kortenhoef (with its lovely church) and luckily that is a charming experience. Lots of nice… Read More »Loosdrecht lakes – walking the Oppad-Kromme Rade track (2)
Walking on water, almost. South of Amsterdam there is an area of marshes and shallow lakes: the Loosdrecht lakes. The lakes were created by peat harvesting in the 17th and 18th century. In the 20th century the inhabitants of Amsterdam discovered their recreational value. In the summer holiday season it… Read More »Loosdrecht lakes – walking the Oppad-Kromme Rade track (1)
The rich history of South-Flevoland, and my home town Almere in particular, is intersected by two large canals, the Hoge Vaart (High Canal) and the Lage Vaart (Low Canal). One could argue that it should be a piece of cake to get all waterways at the same level when new… Read More »A walk from Vaartsluis to Zuidersluis in Almere
Finally on top of the Grebbeberg, an ice age moraine. At the start of the second world war this was the spot where Dutch soldiers fought very hard against the German invaders (without loads of amphetamine, mind you). Of course we had once been to the Ouwehand Zoo with the… Read More »At the banks of the Grebbeberg
One of the most beautiful spots in the Flevopolder is the former island of Schokland. The first UNESCO World Heritage Site in our country. You can take several walks, varying in distance from 1 to 11 km. And we often do that. For enthusiasts, there is a pleasant catering facility… Read More »The former island Schokland – a place to wash ashore