"The coast and all that comes with it" Leiden by nighthawk
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<center><div style='background color=azure'> <FONT FACE='tekton'SIZE='4'COLOR='800080'>The Europoort in Rotterdam is the world's largest port, with a plethora of huge container ships, continually moored to it's docks. There is also the old historical side of the harbour. It's a fun place to explore, although as it is large in size, it's probably best explored by either bike or car.
Close to it is Hoek van Holland, a nice little village. In Hoek van Holland you can find several museums.
<strong>The Coastal Lights Musuem</strong> is one of them. It is set up in a lighthouse, built in 1893, about 21 metres high and has 6 floors. The lighthouse was in use up 'till 1974. A permanent collection on the history of lighthouses, models of lighthouses, propan gaslanterns, radio-beacons, buoys and off course photographic material can be found here. From the top of the lighthouse one has a beautiful view over Hoek van Holland and surrounding area.
It is open from May till September, daily open from 1300-1600 hours. The entrance is free, and it cost 1 euro to get a tour.
<BR>Some other museums are:
<strong>Coastal Defence Museum ‘Fort aan den Hoek van Holland’</strong>
Stationsweg 82, Hoek van Holland, tel. 0174-382898<BR>Opened in 1889, it was intended for the defence of the then newly excavated Nieuwe Waterweg against attacks from sea. This restored armoured fort is now a museum.<BR>Price:€ 3,60, for children€ 1,80.<BR>Open: every first weekend of the months may till November, on Saturday from 1.00 – 4.00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12.00 – 4.00 p.m.<BR><strong>Foundation for the Hook of Holland Fortress</strong>
Badweg, Hoek van Holland, tel. 0174-385613<BR>The foundation protects, restores and will ultimately open the fort to the public. The combat area which contains a canon, the ammunition storeroom, a table model and display cases housing excavated objects may be viewed.<BR>Price: € 5,- for a guided tour through the bunker and the dunes (by appointment only).<BR>Click the link if you want more information on <a href="http://www.hoekvanholland.nl/vvv/pages/engels1.html" target=_blank>Hoek van Holland.</a href>
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)<BR><BR>The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls<BR><BR>The tide rises, the tide falls,<BR>The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;<BR>Along the sea-sands damp and brown<BR>The traveller hastens toward the town,<BR>And the tide rises, the tide falls.<BR><BR>Darkness settles on roofs and walls,<BR>But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;<BR>The little waves, with their soft, white hands,<BR>Efface the footprints in the sands,<BR>And the tide rises, the tide falls.<BR><BR>The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls<BR>Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;<BR>The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,<BR>And the tide rises, the tide falls.<BR><BR><BR>Lighthouse in Egmond at Sea.<BR> Holland can be seen as the gate to Europe (Europoort). Here I will place pics I took along the coastline.<BR>Something I "stole" from the www. Nice, aint it?<BR><P><img src="http://www.virtualtourist.com/p/.115410/a-31-11-4950.gif"><BR><body background="http://www.virtualtourist.com/p/.115410/M_999447967-0.jpg"width="500"><table body background="http://www.virtualtourist.com/p/.115410/M_999447967-0.jpg"width="500">
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