SRF - Harlingen/Harns
Ship on wheels
High level (© Ivo Dekker)
This is again the Noorderhaven, where dolphins protect the swingbridge, from which the last picture was taken in western direction.
Normal level (© ourselves)
The harbour obviously is a tidal one. Picture three (Menno van Kammen) was taken in an opposite, eastern, position, compared to...
Low level (© Menno van Kammen)
...the picture of the Noorderhaven. In the background the road-bridge and lock, leading to the town’s centre, are visible.
Gates in both directions
As Harlingen/Harns is situated next to the Wadden-Sea the level of the sea might be higher than Harlingen’s/Harns’ canals – or the other way around. Therefore the lock is equipped with two sets of gates on...
Old fashioned lock-gear
...either side. This way it's always possible to protect the town against the sea – or keep the water in the town’s waterways. The doors are still operated by hand, pulling a chain or pushing a wooden pole.
One of Harlingen/Harns famous people that were born there is the writer Simon Vestdijk (1898-1971). He is, at least was, a very important writer and nowadays seems to be a victim of oblivion. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Vestdijk. Do we need to say more, much more, comprehensive in Dutch? He wrote around...
...200 books, causing a fellow writer to describe him as ‘the man that can write faster than God is able to read’. Eight strongly autobiographic novels, the protagonist named Anton Wachter, are at the core of Simon Vestdijk’s oeuvre. A little statue in Harlingen’s/Harns’ centre depicts Vestdijk’s alter ego. Until next week – who knows where we are by then?
Geweldig en interessant om het hele process te zien.
Hopelijk snel weer onderweg.
Diny & Simon
Ze zeggen: morgen (25.05). Fingers crossed!
Wij zijn zo dichtbij en toch geen tijd om even een koppie koffie te halen😔 hopelijk kunnen jullue snel weer op weg naar andere oorden
Diny & Simon
Ja, 't is hartstikke jammer! Maar waar we nu zijn is er niks aan - hoogstens Harlingen zelf. Tot gauw <3!