Jutphaas (north Nieuwegein) - Maarssen (south Stichtse Vecht)
Our little ship as seen from (more or less) the west with one of Maarssen’s towers in the background. As is proven by the parasol, the reading female half of our crew and the dog the weather on that day (Wednesday 5:13 PM after arrival ...
...at 12:35PM) was gorgeous. A few days later, on Friday the 10th, finally some light showers provided cooling, as shown by the second picture, taken (more or less) from the south/east on the opposite bank.
As told before, alongside the pretty river Vecht several impressive, beautifully maintained, buildings are to be found. This one is called ‘Goudestein’ (untranslatable, for us that is). A board in front of the building explains: ‘Goudestein was built in 1754 on the site of an earlier country house of the same name. It is a rare example of a still complete country estate on the Vecht with the house itself, a park, a coach house with servants' residence, (the former outside Silversteijn), a bakery, an orangery and a pond.
The garden is largely in English landscape style. Various stinzen plants bloom in the spring (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinsenplant. Use Google Translate please, if interested, ed.). At the front and rear of the garden are two beautiful 18th century entrance gates. The park is freely accessible.... (The sign provides much more information, but we'll leave it at this for now.) Underneath the beautiful little statue inside the park the text reads: ‘ In honor of all who put justice and liberty above their lives’.
Bolenstein, outside the gate
A second building, also the last one this time, to which we pay attention is the Ridderhofstad 'Bolenstein' (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolenstein - by now you are aware of Google Translate.) Also here is an explanatory sign posted at the entrance. Part of the text reads: 'Around 1340 Dirk de Bole founded the castle, consisting only of a residential tower. It has been renovated and expanded several times. The house was elevated...
Bolenstein, peeping through the gate
... to a ridderhofstad (translation?, ed.) in 1538. This was a fortified house whose resident's family had belonged to the nobility for generations. The advantage of this was exemption from tax on real estate. Later owners also obtained membership of the States of Utrecht. In 1917, the house was given its current rectangular floor plan. A vaulted cellar and walls of one meter thick are reminiscent of the 14th century residential tower...' We’ll stick to this for now.
This week’s statistics.
Engine ran during 2 hours and 42 minutes. Almost only on Wednesday – 12 minutes on Thursday when we moved a short distance to be able to ‘see’ satellite Astra 3.
Generator: not, shore-power all the time.
Weather: still mainly a very enjoyable Indian summer. The rain on Friday was negligible.
Hope to see you next week again!
Wat geweldig om dit mee te maken.
Diny & Simon
Dat was het zeker - ook al verging je soms horen en zien 🎶🥳.
Was in Maarssen op donderdag😳🤓🤨 volgende x beter😘
Diny & Simon
Lijkt wel carnaval per boot! 😘
Diny & Simon