There are so many small details that make up a culture. Details not found in tourists’ shops. Here are some of them.


How you get lost in your own country is when you listen as a Dutchman – being used to American English – listen  to a British guide- and try to figure out what they mean with what they say – while driving:)
Hubby is asking some locals how we should go, and I’m taking these pics, sitting in the car.

Difference in how houses are built. No wood used in the main walls. Subtle reflections of the trees on the windows.(Beautiful World, Tue Travel)





Flowers – I almost ran into the clematis, forgetting that Dutchmen can get away with having a plant on the side walk








Fri Hunt
Begins with F: clematis above
Weeks Favorite: last photo
Shiny: the water below



Since Holland has many water ways (remember, the land once was 70+ % water),  it also has many sluices, because of much use of cargo boats for transportation of supplies (compared to the USA) . This sluice is a small one in Muiden, in the province of Utrecht, smack in the middle of the country – the town where no doubt in the past the inhabitants worked for or at the Muiderslot (castle).
(Good Fences, Weekend Reflect., Fri Hunt, Tue Treasure, Water world)


Roofline 16-17thCentury343

Roof line and main walls are 16-17th century. The doors and windows of the barn are most likely updated. The four iron vertical wall anchors (Wil’s Francois Wouters blog) – are like Wil says – to connect the floors of the rooms to the outside, to prevent the wall from bending outward.

In present times with an inside wall of bricks and an outside row of bricks with space in between, the iron anchors are no more needed.
(Thurs. Doors, Tue Treasures)



For Sat. critters – hubby’s capture is Excellent!



new windmills

New windmills against a subtle sky. There is often a hint of mist in the distance seen in Holland and muted colors, in contrast with the bright sunny skies and colors in California.
Freshly plowed land is one of my favorite views (Tue Texture).

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. Tamar says:

    It is always so interesting to see how another culture lives and works!

  2. kim says:

    I love the details that make up a culture. It’s one of the best parts of travel!

  3. The house and barn were neat, and the flowing clematis look so healthy, and beautiful.
    It’s interesting to see how cultures are different.

  4. I love the clematis and the old Dutch roof line. Great shots taken from the car. I do that too but a lot of the time a car goes by or a pedestrian gets in the way. I’ve deleted more shots than I’ve taken, lol.

  5. I have some clematis that blooms in my yard, but only thanks to the owners before me. I enjoy seeing sights from other countries, especially since I’ve never traveled outside of min.

  6. TexWisGirl says:

    holland has a lot of unique qualities and beauty, too.

  7. Tamar says:

    me again! not sure if you saw Kim’s edit…I’ll be taking over Little Things Thursday – hope you’ll join in!!

  8. Abrianna says:

    Lovely buildings. My home is made of bricks as are most in this neighberhood.

  9. Norm 2.0 says:

    Love those green doors 🙂

  10. pattisj says:

    The clematis is beautiful, and in an unexpected place, making it that much better. Interesting architectural details, and how it’s changed over the years.

  11. That Clematis was so pretty. Lovely water reflection (and a good fence) Beautiful butterfly.

  12. Jane Cotton says:

    Some great set of images here, thanks for sharing them 🙂

  13. Love the Clematis, Lock adn butterfly

  14. ros Crawford says:

    Love those window shots!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at OBW!!

  15. Eileen Wise says:

    Hello, I love the clematis and the pretty butterfly and the skywatch. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  16. Jackie says:

    Great post!

  17. Peter B says:

    I like that old brick barn, and amazing that it was built back in the 15th – 16th century!! Have a nice weekend.

  18. Riitta says:

    I have once visited Amsterdam and fell in love with it 🙂 Thank you for sharing at OBW.

  19. Molly says:

    Lovely picture tour of Holland. I must visit there one day


  20. Eileen Wise says:

    Hello, gorgeous butterfly and a lovely post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post today. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  21. Mitzi says:

    This is an awesome collection! Enjoy your weekend!

  22. James says:

    Great post! I really enjoyed the pictures.

  23. vem030956 says:

    Wonderful pictures. Thanks for posting them!

  24. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© says:

    The Clematis is beautiful. Glad to see you got a Monarch, too!

  25. Yogi says:

    Very interesting post. I am not very well traveled but I do love seeing how different cultures solved differently, the same problems with buildings and transportation for instance, with solutions that work for them.

  26. Teresa says:

    Beautiful images! I love the tour you’ve taken us on. Thanks so much for joining Friday’s Hunt. Have a great week!

  27. ladyfi says:

    Lovely shots of the hidden details of life…

  28. fun60 says:

    Such attention to the detail of a courtry has provided us with a delightful series of photos.

  29. Windmills are fascinating things. Always liked pinwheels as a kid. Now I’m imagining a flatland full of windmills that resemble pinwheels. lol

  30. jesh stg says:

    Now that would be like toyland:)

  31. lesliebc says:

    EXCELLENT post, especially liking the EXQUISITE and ENCHANTING flowers on the sidewalk.

    abcw team

  32. Architecture fascinates me from one part of the world to another. Thanks for joining Tuesday’s treasure, plan a visit again.

  33. Hello Jesh, Thank you so much for your faithful comments and linking to my Blue Monday posts while I was on vacation. I arrived home today… tired but very happy to have been with so much family these past two weeks. It is good to be visiting again.

    Great photos and the culture difference is always interesting. The butterfly was a great shot by your hubby. Holland is a wonderful place to visit. I have never had a clematis this pretty.

    Have a wonderful week.

  34. Melody62 says:

    I always say that my homecountry is beautiful, if only one looks…
    You proove me right 😉

    Have a nice ABC-W-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  35. narami says:

    Lovely views jesh! Had intermittent connectivity yesterday so I’m getting around to comment today, loved this! My favorite one is the one of the sluice 🙂

  36. great shots all of them 🙂

  37. Roger Green says:

    1st paragraph reminded me of Lost in Translation

  38. That clematis is magnificent., Jesh!
    Thank you for participating in the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

  39. I think to really understand a country you have to go beyond the recommended travel sites. That is when the magic happens! Have a happy week!

  40. What I have learned about Holland as been from you Jesh…Lovely series and thank you for linking in….Michelle

  41. Lisa @ LTTL says:

    Oh, it was the details that I loved about Europe, and miss terrible. What a fabulous post. Well done on capturing the details. I am excited to have you linking with Life Thru the Lens.

    Lisa @ Life Thru the Lens

  42. trablogger says:

    Very interesting details of the culture.

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