This year there has been created an ice skating facility in the Castle of Woerden, for that reason it has been baptized the Ice Castle. It is great to skate so high above the ground floor, with an view on the town.
Around this time of the year great tasty beers are on the market. In summer you can buy fresh, lime and lemon flavorous beers, in winter there are spicy dark beers, those are the ones I like, so I always make a little stock to get me through the rest of the year.
There is a street with real villas in Woerden. It is a row of villas build at the old entry road of Woerden. That would have been the 'East gate/ entry of the town, in those days they were the first houses you would see entering town, now they are in the middle of the centre. Some are very beautifull so here follows entries about the row of villas. The first house is called 'Alpha', the last 'Omega'.
Early this morning I took this picture at the canal. Though it doesn' look like it, it's in the centre oposite the castle. The litlle house on the water is an 'tea house' which used to be in fashion in the 1800's.
A side from the central square there is a small square, inside the 'inner court' of the former army barracks (1700 army barracks). This square used to be hidden and not used until they reorganized the centre a few years ago. It's an intimate little square which is used by restaurants and an Italian delicacy shop.
The National Symbol of Holland, a lion. It is placed above the entry gates of the former army barracks. It is build in the time The Netherlands was a republic. The Netherlands was a European republic between 1581 and 1795. We funny enough prevered a to be a Kingdom.
Woerden used to be a place big in cheese. There is stil a cheese factury and a cheese freezer? company. This picture is taken from a former cheese storage booth. A place to store cheese but also for the process of ripening. It is now an appartment block, with one appartment for sale..., the one on the top, so if you care to live in Woerden in a former cheese booth, now is your chance!
I took this picture from the entry of a group of appartments. The message on the post boxes is indeed "NO", no un-addressed advertisement material, no local newspapers and above that no parking - private area.
This is the backside of the old cityhall. I have learned that it just escaped the demolition hammer. At a certain point in time middle aged buildings were seen as unattractive landmarks. The city council hold a secret meeting where they voted it should be removed. However some history loving count or earl was tipped, he just arrived in time to prevent the decission... (this was arround the 1920's).
Sinterklaas Stockholm 2008 was quite a happening again! The Dutch community sponcered my coming to Sweden to play Sinterklaas. It was great fun to do and to see all the places and people again! Just as if I haven't left. Thanks to Lise van der Eijk we have a lot of action pictures!
Sinterklaas arrived at Slussen by ferry, from there in a great procession the crowd walked to the Dutch embassy, there the embassador hold a little speach and all the kids received their gifts for the holiday season...
City in the west of the Dutch province Utrecht, founded by the Romans in 40 AD as a castellum at the Northern Fronteer of the Roman Empire. Received city rights in 1372, forensic city for North and South Holland's bigger cities, 33.650 inhabitants.
Woerden Community contains the towns and villages: Harmelen, Kamerik and Zegveld.