Episode 5: Through the 'van Harinxmakanaal' to LeeuwardenFirst aired: Friday, 2 October 2015 at 18.00 hours
Today we're going to make the route from Harlingen with In Vogelvlucht. We'll fly over the Van Harinxmaknaal to Leeuwarden from the air. We'll pass Harlingen, Franeker and end up in Leeuwarden.
We'll start the route from the harbor in Harlingen. This harbor is the most important one in the province. Most Harlingers are known for their nicknames; 'Tobbedansers' and ´Ouwe Seunen'.
The first nickname comes from the production of Harlinger fur. This fabric was made from wool. When a lot of baptist Vlamingen ran to the Netherlands, a lot of them ended up in Harlingen. They took the habbit of Tobbedansen with them; to clean the wool it was put in a big tub and it was cleansed by people stamping on it barefoot. That's where the name 'Tobbedansers' comes from.
Harlingers speak to everyone with the word 'seun' (translated 'son'). ´Ouwe seun' is what they call people who were born in Harlingen. That's why Harlingers are often known as 'ouwe seunen' in Friesland.
The water tower in Franeker catches the eye from afar. In the time it was build with a lot of pretty details in the brickwork. Nowadays the tower contains a boring plaster.
Our route ends in Leeuwarden. The building complex 'the Dome' that's located in the centre of Leeuwarden decides the view for the city like the dome of the Saint Piter in Rome, and the dome from the Rechstag in Berlin. We take the time to look around Leeuwarden, the skyline in particular. A true eye-catcher here is the Avérotoren. The buliding is 77 meters tall and that makes it the highest building by one in Leeuwarden. The tower is designed by Bonnema Architects.
The Frisian landscape is worth looking at in this episode of In Vogelvlucht.