Grachtenfestival 2009 Day 2

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Floating stage with "Molen De Vlijt" in the background

Today was the second day of the Grachtenfestival in Meppel. This is an event that is held every year and attracts a lot of ships to Meppel. Meppel is a town which used to have a lot of waterways and even though a lot of them have been closed and turned into roads there are still plenty left! They have even started opening up some of the waterways again to bring back the old characte of the town.

Today was a great day for the festival as the weather was just gorgeous. Not too hot, around 21 degrees, but plenty of sun. There was lots of activities to participate in but also music to enjoy, stalls selling all sorts of stuff to look at and plenty of food and drink to keep your belly full!

We walked around and had a look at the ships which were all around the city centre waterways.

Smoking herring
Some owners were even nice enough to invite us on board to have a look around, which Jordan found fascinating. There were some people showing the smoking of eels, which is very popular in The Netherlands, and how to make fishing nets. There were Shanty choirs, a pirate choir on a ship, and competions which usually ended up in getting a wet suit in the harbour... There was also a floating stage at the Stoombootkade, with bands and later on a dj who stayed until 1 am.

We decided to have lunch at The Peppermill, which is a restaurant situated in the city centre, in the main square. From their terrace you have a great vantage point on everything that goes on. The food was nice, the sun was shining, what more could you ask for?

I will write a review on The Peppermill at a later date, as they are moving soon I didn't want to do it now and have to change all the details in a few weeks time!

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Floating stage with Molen De Vlij…
Floating stage with "Molen De Vli…
Smoking herring
Smoking herring
One of the ships we had a look aro…
One of the ships we had a look ar…
Looking towards the Sluisgracht
Looking towards the Sluisgracht
Reagan in the Waterball while its…
Reagan in the Waterball while it'…
Three kids in the waterballs
Three kids in the waterballs
Reagan in the Waterball
Reagan in the Waterball
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photo by: Stevie_Wes