Excuse me for harking back to last weekend’s cycling trip to Texel Island. There were a few little things worth mentioning that I missed in my previous post.
What makes Texel so attractive to Dutch people and to a handful of knowledgeable German visitors is its small scale and its olde worlde charm.
We followed the signs to a cheese farm, where we could see the cows being milked – always fun for us sophisticated city folk.
Texel’s most famous product is its Texel lamb, so we made sure we tried some of that. Yes, very good. But there are other local delicacies…
The biggest town on Texel is den Burgh, with 7000 residents. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, there may well have been 7000 visitors there as well.
It’s always inspiring to find an honesty system still operating. In the main street of the village we stayed in, Den Hoorn, I came across this…
Texel is beautifully set up for cycling tourism, which must by now be its main industry.
De Koog is a less appealing village, to us at any rate. It does have a beach which pulls a lot of visitors, though we Australians have seen better ones.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I found a little Texel story that appealed to me.
In 1795 the mighty Dutch navy was stuck in ice off Texel. French commandant Louis Joseph Lahure and 128 men rode up on their horses and demanded that the Dutch surrender. They did so without a shot being fired – the only time in history that the cavalry has defeated the navy. I don’t expect it will ever happen again.
We spent two delightful days on Texel, then caught the ferry for the 20-minute trip back to Den Helder on the mainland. We were entertained by the gulls that follow the boat, hoping for a free feed.
Staying there: We can recommend the hotel Loodsmans Welvaren in Den Hoorn for its friendly service, light and spacious rooms, substantial breakfast and excellent value.
(No, it wasn’t a freebie this time.)