Nijmegen - Zutphen
Humour in Doesburg (I)
We learned this text when being little kids already from our late mothers. Especially the last sentence was exciting for us kids. Of course it rhymes in Dutch, but we’ll try to give you the translation anyway. ‘In the Shop of Sinkel is everything on sale – Hats and caps – And ladies corsets – Drop (black licorice) for relishing – Pills for defecating (shitting)’. All the items that feature in the rhyme are on display indeed!
Humour in Doesburg (II)
We’ll come back on Doesburg’s ‘hofje’ (former housing for the elderly) later on, but one of the things we saw there made us chuckle. On this house it says ‘(Capitals) I may not be perfect (undercast) but my dog loves me’. Of course we can dwell on dogs -or cats, for that matter- but every pet-lover knows that most dogs approach us wagging their tails even when, sometimes, we haven’t been all that friendly to them. (We think Maisy, or Louie, and some of our readers will definitely know.)
Doesburg’s ‘hofje’ (Van Brakellhofje, https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Brakellhofje, with a nice picture) looks like this. What more than ‘lovely’ can one say about it? Aback once lived esquire Willem de Vaynes van Brakell (1763 – 1843), commander of the town and stronghold Doesburg.
De Vaynes van Brakell
On the 23rd of November 1813 he saved the town from marauding by the French. Adorned by a French ‘cocarde’ he persuaded the French troops to change their minds. This little statue of De Vaynes van Brakell was placed insid ‘his’ ‘hofje’ in 1994. He obviously not forgotten – and rightfully so.
From Nederlanden van 1845...
The cruise was followed by the walk in the town, starting 1:30PM, again taking 1½ hours. We’ve seen a lot – too much to recall to be honest, so therefore just a few nice, or interesting, or beautiful, things. This is the entrance of Ravenstraatje 3 Zutphen where, in 1845, the insurance company ‘De Nederlanden van 1845’ was founded. Nowadays it is called ‘Nationale-Nederlanden’, some 10 years back the largest…
...insurance-company in The Netherlands – we don’t know how it is now, a lot has changed after 2008. We are interested because our male half’s profession before his retirement. A juicy detail is the name of one of the founders. His descendants are still in the insurance business – not at low level, by the way. See https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baarnse_moordzaak_(1960) (unfortunately only in Dutch).
Zutphen housed some famous, rich, families – notably the Van Brockhorsts and the Van Heeckerens. Both families owned loads of real estate -and more- and lived in their castle-like mansions in the countryside during the summer. The mansions/castles were not heated and therefore too cold to live in during the winter. The city-mansion on the left is the Van Bronckhorst one. We were unable to picture the Van Heeckeren one, because...
...that one is presently being refurbished. Later on the town’s museum will be set up inside of it. A part is in use as a hotel and the picture on the right is a wall-painting in one of the public hotel-rooms. Both families entertained some disagreements in the (far) past. See https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heeckerens_en_Bronckhorsten for more (again: only in Dutch). It’s a long time ago, so all is quiet now on the VB-VH front…
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)