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Elf Stedentocht- Eleven Cities Tour
Annemeet Van der Leij
Painting - Oil Paint On Canvas
The Elfstedentocht, or in English: The Eleven Cities Tour, at almost 200 km, is the world's largest speed skating competition, it is held in the province of Friesland, Netherlands only when the ice along the entire course is 15 cm thick. The tour is conducted on frozen canals, rivers and lakes between the eleven historic Frisian cities which are: Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, Harlingen, Franeker, Dokkum then returning to Leeuwarden. As early as 1760, there has been mentioning of skaters visiting all eleven cities of Friesland on one day.The Elfstedentocht is an important part of Frisian tradition. The tour is not held every year, mostly because not every Dutch winter permits skating on natural ice. There is a good chance it will be held next week!
February 8th, 2012
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