Kasteel in Zeeland

Trip Start May 20, 2007
Trip End May 26, 2007

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Friday, May 25, 2007

We were pretty excited to see this hostel we'd booked that was suposed to be in a castle but when we actually came face to face with the towers and the moat with the daylit moon overhead we were awestruck!!  The location was a bit of a trek (trekken is pull in dutch) from A'dam. It required a long train ride (but nice scenery of farmlands and windmills) and then a half hour bus ride with another 200m walk.  Well worth it though. 
Kasteel West Hove is in the country on the south west coast of Nederland, in the provice of Zeeland, right on the Noordzee (Northsea).  With just a short walk through an enchanted forrest (where we found a gem of a golf ball, probably from the 50s), we walked over grazzy dunes and onto a soft sand beach. 
There were three different types of jellyfish washed up on the shore and lots of lovely shells but I didn't take any with me this time.  We walked along the beach for about an hour towards the residential area of Domburg.  Then we walked back to the 'kasteel' through a national reverve park (saw some grouse, I think, and rabbits and red grass).
We didn't realize that there wouldn't be a public kitchen at the hostel and when we got there the restaurant had already closed whihc was  a bit of a concern to our travelled and hungry stomachs.  When we got back from our walk, one of the staff had arranged a meal for us with spinach leek and potatoes and  a chicken in gravy with rice and carrots! Oh, and don't forget the rubarb pudding for dessert!
Almost everyone at the castle was a family with young kids or seniors but eveyone was friendly.  Matt and I explored the old stone building and it was warm enough to sit outside at night in the giganitc old fireplace.
The next day we trekked into town with our backpacks and roller luggage where we explored for a few hours.  There was a little fish shop where we bought our lunch of salmon quiche, brooje makrel (sandwich), and some funny little curly smoked fillets called Shillerlocken. Dad would have loved these!
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