Accidental Tourist

No room at the inn on Texel island - at least, not if you arrive on a Thursday

Barbara Spanderman finds some sticklers for the rules on this Dutch island with strong German connections

14 July 2019 - 00:00 By barbara spanderman

Texel is one of five mud-flat islands that lie along the coast of North Holland. In the 1700s, intrepid travellers left from there to sail to the Cape. I went to Texel in October 2018 by plane, train, bus and ferry. Holland was in the grip of a drought.

Usually October is a good time to travel because it is out of season. I travel light with a small trolley bag and amatekkietekkies patterned with an Ndebele design. On the ferry across, the handful of travellers looked ready for an attempt on Everest with boots, back packs, jackets and Alpine climbing sticks. Texel has two centres, Den Burg and De Koog, linked on a bus loop that takes you past the ocean. I settled on the bus and enjoyed the scenery. Texel is flat, with the highest point about 2m above the sea. The flatness makes it ideal for walking and cycling, but for some Texel in the imagination is evidently a more rugged place...

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