Monday, 2 February 2009

that's My World: Bronkhorst



 
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Bronkhorst lies in the middle of our country in the Province of Gelderland.

 
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This town of Bronkhorst is the smallest town in the Netherlands. It was granted franchise in 1482. The chapel is from 1344.
The first farmers settled as early as 600-700 AD. Now the town is known for its Dickens museum, where you can buy all books by Charles Dickens and all kind of small toys from 200 years ago.There is an exhibition of modern art in the church. There are beautiful little shops where you can buy jewelry and handicraft materials. The whole place is one great museum, for such houses are not built any more.
From 16th December till Christmas the play of Christmas Carol is played and you can find Scrooge walking around in his nightcap and nightshirt. You might be so fortunate to have a close encounter with one of the ghosts. If you look closer you can see Scrooge himself looking out of one of the top windows of a house.


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41 comments:

Jedediah said...

Interesting post, I must admit that I never heard of Bronkhorst before, but it sounds like a great place to visit.
Your Doctor Who was Tom Baker, the guy with the big scarf :) And I can so understand being scared by the show - it actually has a fear forecast now, done by five children of different ages who watch the episodes beforehand and then judge how frightening they will be for other kids.

Sepiru Chris said...

Hello Reader Wil,

What great photos of Bronkhurst.

We are in Bremen most years for Christmas which, even from a Dutch perspective, is not that far away from Gelderland, even if it is thought of as being closer to Friesland (but I would say that is more Niedersachsen...).

The Northern style of houses is awfully familiar, even if you don't have the crossed horse heads gracing the tops of the old farmhouses.

I was actually just thinking of Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, who was born in Dronrjip, Friesland, the other day.

I wonder what he would have done with a digital camera and software.

I would think the daguerreotypes of his were too limited for him, but he certainly liked to play around with his inherited Dutch school formalism and his eye for the new.

When I thought of him, I thought of you. I don't know why, but I did. There must be something there, but I don't know what. I have to look through more paintings and some of your pictures to see what twigged my imagination.

Tschüss,
Chris

The Weaver of Grass said...

Every view of see of anywhere in the Netherlands is beautiful - you seem to have such a photogenic country reader wil.

George said...

Beautiful pictures and interesting information about Bronkhorst.

TheWritersPorch said...

Wil..........I'm speechless ! Oh how I would love to spend a week there walking the Cobblestone streets thinking of those footprints that would have walked before me. A Dickens Shop? How Awesome, I just wathed the DVD yesterday of his, "Old Curiousity Shop" ! Thank for the lovely tour!
Carol

Geri said...

I've never heard of Bronkhorst, but love the photos and the information. I've also never been to the Netherlands, but I have visited Austria and I thought it was beautiful.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Looks like an interesting place to visit.

Pam said...

You always take me on a terrific tour, thank you;) I enjoy visiting places that I would other wise never see or learn about. Beautiful photos, Reader Wil!

Gretchen said...

Thanks for sharing your part of the world. :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Very pretty little town. How interesting that it celebrates the works of Charles Dickens!

jeannette stgermain said...

Good to see the familiar building style again! I lived in Ede, also in Gelderland, before we moved to the States. Time stands still in places like that. Good pics by the way! have a good week, jeannette

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

hi wil,
Wow you made a great story of Bronkhorst, I have never been there (yet!) so its very interesting how you write about Gelderland and the historical places....A place I MUST visit!
MyWORLD in HOLLAND is cold with frozen canals and a windmill, or maybe do you like skating? Or watch my CROWM-story:) smile!

I welcome you to visit my blog her:
www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

JoAnn/HOLLAND

antigoni said...

Great place. It's like the time has stopped over there. Awesome photos.

fishing guy said...

Wil: What a neat look at the town and such neat information.

Louise said...

What a charming place. I would love to visit someday. So much history...

imac said...

Looks a great place to visit, love the sound of all those shops.

Skies said...

This seems to be a peaceful village Wil. I've never been to Gelderland but I've heard of the place. Thanks for sharing.

Janice Thomson said...

I'd love to see that museum. It may be a small town but it is beautiful - love the cobblestone streets.

Janie said...

Great photos of quaint buildings. i love the cobblestone and brick streets.
Nice title photo of your grandchildren, too.

ewok1993 said...

Oh what great photos. Look like it came out of a fairy tale page. Very cool.

gnometree said...

WHat a wonderful place. What is the link to Charles Dickens? I always thought that Gelderland was a fictional place (It is across the sea from Florin in the movie "The Princess Bride")

ViennaDaily said...

Goede avond! :D

Would be lovely to shop, thanks for the input! Very historic too, hope I could visit someday. Enjoy your week!

Guy D said...

Very cool post, thanks for the info and pics of Bronkhurst.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Michele said...

What a delightful little area and such wonderful information!

hugs♥

Gill - That British Woman said...

excellent info and great slide show, the place looks idilic.

Gill in Canada

jeannette stgermain said...

thank you for writing me back - I wonder if i need to change something on my settings? I notice that there is not the B in the little orange square before my name when I post a comment. If you know, please let me know.
Also, I wonder if you could contact me in a more easy way to "follow" my blog?
(in case you don't know: on the left bottom side of your dashboard, click on "add" - then, type in my URL: castlestgermain.blogspot.com and click on (add another" -that saves it).
You probably also know that if you get to my profile info. and you click on "mysteries" (the name/title of my blog) it should get you to my blog.
Please let me know, if I have to change something on my side- Im still a new kid on the block :)
cheers, jeannette

Babooshka said...

This is fascinating. A Dickens museum. It looks such a lovely little place with a very checkered history.

Mojo said...

I never heard of this place, and would have bet the farm that Dickens' Christmas Carol was set in London... Shows what I know.

Charming part of the world!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That looks like a really nice town, and great conservation of natural and agricultural land around an urban hub. I'm impressed.

Indrani said...

A place of literary and historic importance! Great series of shots! But I am not sure if I will consider myself lucky if I see a ghost! :)

Sara G said...

Great post and photo's!!
Take care and thanks for sharing your world with us.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What a beautiful little town with a wonderful history and love your piccies.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Sounds like a great place to be during the Christmas season. Beautiful pictures. Did you take the aerial photos? IF so, from where?

Marites said...

lovely aerial photos. Your country is beautiful and it'll be more interesting to see up close.

starnitesky said...

Looks like a great place to live and visit!

Jack and Joann said...

Great shots of place that must be very unique. Salute!

John said...

What a nice and charming place.
Wonderful posting.


It was probably the old Svinesund bridge you went over. They have now built a new bridge in connection with that there has been highway all the way from Oslo to the Swedish border.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svinesund_Bridge

Gramma Ann said...

What interesting things we encounter when we visit you Reader Wil. And yes I did see the ugly guy in the window!

Leanne said...

What a great post...I love reading about dates 1344. Australia is such a baby.

Wren said...

Great slide show and a wonderful tour of the town. I feel like I've been there to visit.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great arial view of this place