Friesland is close to where Gerrit and Jos live, and Gerrit is from the province, speaks the language as only a native can and knows it pretty much like the back of his hand.
On Christmas Day, with a family errand to perform, they dropped me in the centre of the city of Bolsward for an hour or so. I had been through there before, many years ago, but this was my chance to explore on my own terms and see what I could discover. It was a delight to see people out skating on the small canals in the very centre of the city on a bitterly cold Christmas Day. I took hundreds of photos and came away cold but happy. This is pretty much what I saw.
|The Dutch do public art very well.|
|A national winter pastime, and everyone gets involved.|
|One of the few 'people' I saw away from the canals.|
|I loved the slightly unpredictable nature of this tower.|
Oh, and to all my Russian friends, I wish you a very merry Christmas.