Goodmorning dear readers, deskers and everybody new.
It’s another Wednesday; the day I join the “What’s On My Workdesk Wednesday” tribe over at Julia and post a picture of my desk to show you what I’m up to. I took this photo and wrote – and scheduled – this post yesterday because I have an early appointment this morning. I promised to post the photos of a “tourist tour” I made though my city and that’s what this is: a picture overload post. If you are here just to see my workdesk, don’t feel obligated to read/look at all the photos – you can just skip the ‘tourist walk’ part of the post, I really don’t mind.
So here’s what my desk looked on Tuesday afternoon
A tourist walk through Middelburg
It’s been four years ago that my beloved and I moved to Middelburg – a little town on the peninsula I was born (“Walcheren.”) However, due to certain circumstances we lived in a large apartment block on the outskirts of the city and I never really felt part of this town. But now we found a lovely, new, quiet little appartment in the centre of the city and I wake up every morning with a big smile on my face ever since we moved here!
The beautiful Summer-weather that we experienced in the Netherlands during the last week made that celebrating feeling even stronger and I decided to go for a long “tourist walk” and take my camera with me, to let you be part of the new neighbourhood I live in now. Middelburg is one hell of a cute town you know, and we get lots of tourists overhere during the Summer months so I didn’t stand out walking around in my Summer skirt, wearing my new (mirror)sunglasses having a big photocamera around my neck (althoug… photocamera? Who takes photos with a camera anymore?)
First, a little information
Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland, is a small and quiet city with an estimate of 47,000 in population and is surrounded by canals and a star-shaped ring of ‘grachten’. It is also one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands. [www.wikipedia.com]
Now let’s go for a walk….
When I start my walk I find myself in a little back alley and it has such a cute little gate at the end… the Pauwpoort (“Peacock gate”)
Going through that gate, I step onto the Damplein (dam square), adjacent to the Dam and the Prins Hendrikdok. The traces of a rich trading history are still abundantly present. Here you will find more than 50 national monuments. (www.uitinmiddelburg.nl)
The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I decide to walk along the shadow-side of the quay to get to the Kuiperspoort. This is the most picturesque area in the city. It is home to the most scenic and breathtaking brick architecture in town. (www.netherlands-tourism.com)
After a stroll through the backstreets I end up at the small marina. In the Summer this marina is chock full with boats! From small recreational boats to large yachts that costs a fortune… it’s always fun to sit on a bench ‘watching the ships roll in’. There’s also this picturesque bridge – Spijkerbrug – build in 1853. This small bridge connects the two quays on each side of the small channel.
From the marina I walk along the quays to the city centre – the market square – where I play my roll as a tourist quite well by buying an icecream while I admire the late-gothic town hall of Middelburg. The town hall is considered one of the finest gothic buildings in the Netherlands. Whereas the town hall itself is still used for weddings, since 2004 its spaces are in use by the Roosevelt Academy, the local college. The former meat hall has been in use as an exhibition space (www.wikipedia.org)
I showed you photo’s of de Lange Jan (“Long John” or “Tall John”, as the tourism-website translates it) before… this big church is part of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Abdij (Our Dear Lady Abbey) – an abbey compound which has – besides this 207-step tower – two churches and the Zeeland Museum (www.netherlands-tourism.com/middelburg)
I live almost at the feet of Tall John and its carillon (chimes) sings to me all day long. Right now, its bells play “She’s Always A Woman To Me” – Billy Joel on half hours. I have not identified the melody it plays on the hours yet.
Can you tell I’m in love with Tall John?
Here’s another pic!
I hope you enjoyed this walk through the hotspots of the city – I plan on taking my camera more often and photograph lesser-known places of the city every now and then.
Edited August 2018: I received a lovely email from ‘Bookmundi’ who got inspired by my ‘tourist blogposts’ to write an awesome guide (CLICK) on the Netherlands, it’s worth a read if you’re planning to visit The Netherlands.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, see you again soon!