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Who does not love mild summers on the beach? Instead of scorching summers when you do not get suntanned but sunburned.  And waters that are a refreshing 19 degrees Centigrade rather than a warm soup.

The Beaches of Holland on the North Sea are marvelously generous, long and wide, especially in the Noordwijk aan Zee area, where my Dutch wife and I spend several weeks per year.  Even in July-August you never feel crowded in, since the Noordwijk beach is 13 kilometers long and by low tide there is a good 200 meters from the dunes to the water — and by high tide still about 130 meters. The sand is kept very clean (Dutch beach-goers take their garbage with them), golden white and light.  There is an enormous variety of shells to collect, à la recherche du temps perdu, going back to one’s childhood, rediscovering the marvels of simple gastropods, bivalves or beautiful St. Jacob’s shells.

On occasion you even find sea stars washed ashore.  And then there are the birds — many different species of seagulls, always busy skimming the waves to get a meal, and sometimes picking up crabs or sea stars from the shore.. Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. The winds are always good for the windsurfers, sailing boats and, of course, the adventurous kite-flyers.

Here some photos from July 2014.

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