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
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)
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 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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