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During the week, we decided that we would go visit the province up North called Drenthe. It is a big area and the land are mainly used for farming. It also lays the oldest monuments in the Netherlands. The Hunebedden (megalithic tombs).

The Hunebedden were built more than 5000 years ago by people of the Funnel beaker Culture – the first farmers in Northen Europe, who burried their dead in the hunebedden. It has walls, a roof and an entrance.

FRIDAY

Once Frank arrived home from work, then we cycled to the train station and took the train and the weekend begin!

We took the train from Leiden Centraal to Zwolle and took another train from Zwolle to Emmen.

From the train station we walked for about 20minutes to the hotel. There was a big sewage project going on and the road was a mess.

DSC_0322 With Frank reading the map, we always managed to find our way around. So we check in the hotel and we out for a walk with our Nasi Goreng and sandwiches.

We found a nice grass under the sun in front of a college, and we lay our picnic mat and we sat and enjoy our dinner. Being in a small town, everyone who passes by will greet you.

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SATURDAY

After our full filling breakfast, we went back to the train station to rent a tandem. It would be the first time I will ride a tandem and it was so much fun!!!! Something I dont mind doing again!

We arrive 45minutes too early and the bicycle rental shop only opens at 10am.

So we walked to one of the Hunebed site which is 15 minutes from the station. D45. It is one of the largest in Drenthe and it was built on top of a sandy hillock. For every hunebed, there was also an entrance and it is quite fascinating trying to imagine about how the hunebed really was back then.

D45 – Emmen

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Once we rent our tandem, we rode the bike from Emmen to Borger. Along the way there were many more hunebed sites and we try to stop at everyone of them!

We cycled for hours through the farms and it such a beautiful sight! I will let the photos do the talking soon enough.

We cycled through Exloo to get to Borger. Exloo was more touristy and it was slightly busier than other places. It was a nice weather for everyone to travel around.

Our Tandem

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Enjoy the photos!

 

D38, 39, 40 – A Trio in clearing

It is suggested that mostly one group of people use 1 hunebed. In this site, there are so maybe more than one group of people lived in the same area or later occupants building a new hunebed next to the old one.

 

In the 1st photo, you can see the biggest hunebed on the left, and 2nd biggest on the left and the small bump in the middle of the photo is where the 3rd one is.

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D35 – At the water’s edge

This hunebed is oriented exactly east-west and it lies at the edge where the water use too be. With the depression on the land, you still can tell where the water was.Weekend 7 June - 9 June - North Holland 170 Weekend 7 June - 9 June - North Holland 169 Weekend 7 June - 9 June - North Holland 155 Weekend 7 June - 9 June - North Holland 160

D18 – A Neolithic Tomb

This hunebed was built between 3400 and 3100 BC. It is a prehistoric burial monument made of large boulders. These stones were transported to the northen part of the Netherlands by glacier ice from Scandinavia around 150,000 years ago.

In the olden days, people thought that hunebedden are built by giants. (hunen means giant)

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Hunebedden Museum

Here you can see the stones that was transported down from the Scandavia mountain. It was also mentioned that, for thousands of years, the province of Drenthe was covered by 1000m layer thick of ice.

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D27 – The largest hunebed

In the museum also lies the largest hunebedden in the Netherlands. Measuring up to 22.6 metres.

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D32 – A humble trio

There are 2 sites in Drenthe that has 3 hunebedden lying together. The one near Emmen D38, D39 and D40 and D32 in Odoorn.

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D21, D22 – The most elegant and the smallest together

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Was a good day! 🙂

 

Doei!!!

Rachel Raymond

www.mshachi.wordpress.com

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